Redshirt freshman Brad Simpson will head into fall camp hoping to push for playing time in a young, but talented Nebraska linebacking corps. The 6-0, 215-pound Simpson spent spring ball working at the Will linebacker spot, and he also could contend for special teams action. Simpson joined the Nebraska program as a walk-on from Ralston High School.
Brad Simpson redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Ralston HS)
Simpson shined on both sides of the football for Ralston High, where he led the Rams to the second round of the Class B Nebraska state playoffs and an 8-3 overall record. Expected to play linebacker for the Huskers, Simpson tallied 98 tackles, including 65 solo stops, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. For his efforts, he was named to the Class B all-state team by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald as a senior. Simpson also led the Ralston offense at quarterback, finishing with 802 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, while throwing for 881 yards and seven scores. On special teams, Simpson averaged more than 34 yards a punt and had a long of 57 yards. At the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl, Simpson was named the game’s defensive MVP after recording a sack and intercepting a pass and returning it 21 yards for a touchdown. Simpson chose to walk on at NU over scholarship offers from both Central Missouri and Nebraska-Kearney.
Brandon is the son of Dan and Carrie Simpson and was born on Oct. 24, 1993.