Simms leading WVU into Big 12 play

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Just in time for the start of the Big 12 season, Marcus Simms has helped fix West Virginia’s production problems on special teams while providing needed speed as a pass catcher.

Simms has given the Mountaineers a reliable kick and punt returner after being suspended for the season opener. He’ll be on display again today when West Virginia (2-1) plays at Kansas (1-2). The game will be televised on ESPNU beginning at noon.

“It’s nice to have him back,” said West Virginia quarterback Will Grier. “He’ll continue to make plays. As the season goes on you’ll see him doing more and more.”

Last week Simms returned the opening kickoff 80 yards to set up a touchdown last week in a 59-16 win over FCS Delaware State. A week earlier against East Carolina he had a 23-yard punt return and averaged 30 yards on two kickoff returns in the 56-20 victory.

Three of Simms’ five pass receptions have gone for touchdowns, including grabs of 52 and 62 yards, and he’s averaging 28.6 yards per catch.

“He keeps getting better. He’s doing some good things on special teams, too,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “I was happy to see what we did on kickoff return, which has been a hot topic of discussion here. I thought Marcus played fast.”