Sophomore Brad Simpson made a contribution on special teams in 2013, and will look to play an expanded role for the Huskers this fall. The 6-0, 220-pound Simpson adds depth in a deep Nebraska linebacking corps and hopes to earn defensive playing time. He also figures to be a core member of the Huskers’ special teams. Simpson joined the Nebraska program as a walk-on from Ralston High School.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Simpson added depth at linebacker and saw action on special teams in 2013. Simpson played in four games, appearing against Wyoming, Southern Miss, UCLA and Georgia, but did not have a tackle. He was a regular member of the Huskers’ travel squad.
Simpson redshirted in his first season at Nebraska and worked on the scout team.
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 Nebraska Class B state playoffs and an 8-3 overall record in 2011. Simpson tallied 98 tackles, including 65 solo stops, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries for Coach Tyler Zahn, a former Husker linebacker. For his efforts, Simpson 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.
Simpson is the son of Dan and Carrie Simpson and was born on Oct. 24, 1993. He is a communication studies major. Simpson has volunteered his time with the Community Action partnership and team hospital visits.