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#5 Dejor Simmons
Position: Tailback
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School: Green Run
Major: Sport & Recreation Management
Experience: 2 Letters

Career Highlights

  • Has played in 13 career games at JMU
  • Has 23 career rushes for 109 yards and one touchdown
  • Had 17 carries for 88 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore

2012: Saw action in nine games during the year, getting his first collegiate start against West Virginia... Had 17 carries for 88 yards and one touchdown while adding two receptions for 12 yards... Also had 11 kickoff returns for 265 yards on the season... Had five carries for 41 yards and his first collegiate score, a three-yard run, in the season-opening win over Saint Francis... Had four kick returns for a season-high 101 yards, with a long of 36, against West Virginia... Also had four returns for 93 yards against Old Dominon, with a career-best 37-yard return... Had a single reception against Saint Francis and at Rhode Island.

2011: Played in four games to earn his first collegiate letter... Had six carries on the year for 21 yards along with one kick return for 15 yards... Had four carries against Richmond... Rushed for 13 yards on two carries against Villanova.

2010:  Retained the year of eligibility after redshirting.

High School: Played running back for coach Shawn Wilson at Green Run... As a senior was First-Team All-Region, All-District, and All-Tidewater... ran for 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns... team captain... As a junior was First-Team All-Region, All-District, and All-Tidewater... Nationally ranked sprinter in track... District champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes... State champion as a junior in the Group AAA meet in the 100 meter dash... Member of the state champion 4x100 and 4x200 teams... Two-time AAU national champion in 100 and 200 meters.

Personal: Parents are Ralph Thorp and Sharon Simmons.