Many Mountaineer fans probably don’t expect much from Wide Receiver Marcus Simms this year, but I for one expect big things from the true Sophomore. Coming out of Sherwood High School in Maryland, Simms hauled in 43 catches for 1,020 yards and 20 touchdowns and was voted to Maryland’s All State first team.
In the 2016 season, Marcus appeared in 9 games as a true freshman, including 184 offensive plays. His stats do not jump off the page at you (6 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown last season), but it’s what I witnessed when the ball was not thrown his way, he beat his man every single time he ran his route. On the deep routes, the defender was continuously 2-4 steps behind Simms.
You’re probably wondering; Why didn’t he get the ball more? It’s fairly simple, he just wasn’t seen by his quarterback. Whether Skyler was flushed out of his pocket, didn’t give the route time to develop or went through his progressions to make the safer play. Skyler didn’t look comfortable with the true freshman.
This year with new quarterback, Will Grier and another year under his belt, Marcus Simms will see the ball thrown his way a lot more this season. Simms will be that deep threat the Mountaineers are looking for to replace after Shelton Gibson left early for the draft.
The work he has put on in this off-season and his quick start in fall camp is propelling him to have a breakout season.
He’s got my vote for my offensive breakout player of the year.