| Chris Simms
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Franklin Lakes, N.J. (Ramapo)
Gifted, bright, tough and competitive quarterback who established himself as one of the most successful signal callers in Longhorns history ... combined a powerful and accurate arm with an ability to make plays with his feet ... appeared in 43 career games and started 32 contests, including three bowl games (2000 & 2003 Cotton Bowls; 2000 Holiday Bowl) ... played in the 2003 Senior Bowl ... finished his career as the UT record holder for career completion percentage (58.7) and pass efficiency rating (138.4) ... was the UT single-season record holder for TD passes (26, 2002) and TDs accounted for (30, 2002) ... also ranked second on UT's career TD passes chart (56) and fourth in completions (535), passing yards (7,097) and total offense (6,960) ... tabbed the Longhorns MVP and a team captain in 2002 ... became the first starting QB in UT history to lead the team to back-to-back 10-win seasons ... became the first UT QB since Bobby Layne (who won four in a row from 1944-47) to beat Texas A&M three consecutive years in a row ... two-time Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist (2001, '02) ... two-time third-team All-Big 12 selection (2001, '02) ... son of former New York Giants star and 1987 Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms ... 1998 USA Today National Prep Offensive Player of the Year and a Parade All-American ... selected in the third round (97th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2003 NFL Draft ... became the fourth quarterback in UT history to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Started all 13 games ... Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist for the second consecutive year ... voted third-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches ... also earned second-team all-conference honors from the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle ... earned an honorable mention selection by The Associated Press ... named UT's Most Valuable Player, Darrell K Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player, Outstanding Quarterback and a permanent team captain ... became the first QB in school history to lead the Longhorns to consecutive 10-win seasons ... completed 235-of-396 passes (59.3%) for 3,207 yards and at the time a UT-record 26 TDs ... also rushed for four scores ... was ranked second on UT's single-season pass attempts, completions, passing yards and total offense (3,083) charts ... led the UT offense to 33.8 points per game, which ranked fifth in the Big 12 and 16th in the NCAA ... tabbed UT's Darrell K Royal Offensive Player of the Game seven times (vs. North Texas, vs. Houston, vs. Oklahoma State, at No. 17 Kansas State, at Nebraska, vs. Baylor and vs. Texas A&M) ... completed his first 10 passes and finished 17-of-27 for 187 yards and one TD in the season opener against North Texas ... connected on five of his first six pass attempts for 135 yards and one TD and finished with 298 yards and four TDs on 14-of-30 passing at North Carolina ... helped direct the offense to 477 total yards (233 rush/244 pass) and 39:43 in time of possession against the Cougars ... completed five of his first seven pass attempts for 56 yards and one TD and finished 20-of-30 for 233 yards and two TDs against Houston ... completed 17-of-31 passes for 176 yards and two TDs at Tulane ... threw for 267 yards and one TD on 24-of-46 passing against Oklahoma State ... topped 1,000 passing yards in his fifth game the season against OSU, which tied for the fourth-best start in school history and also surpassed the 5,000-yard mark in career passing yards ... recorded two rushing TDs against No. 2 Oklahoma, giving him 10 for his career ... completed 13-of-24 passes for 184 yards and two TDs, including a 39-yard TD and a 53-yarder that set up another TD to junior WR B.J. Johnson, at No. 17 Kansas State ... threw for a UT-record 419 yards and two TDs on a career-high 29-of-47 passing at Nebraska, as the Longhorns snapped the Huskers' national-leading 26-game home winning streak ... his 47 attempts tied the school record held by Shea Morenz (vs. Texas Tech, 1993) and Major Applewhite (vs. Oklahoma, 1999) ... named co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Cornhuskers ... completed 15 of his first 17 passes for 203 yards and three TDs in the first half and finished with 254 yards on 18-of-23 passing against Baylor ... topped the 6,000-yard mark in career passing yards (6,205) against the Bears ... passed for 345 yards and four TDs on 24-of-37 passing at Texas Tech ... closed out his home career with a perfect 15-0 record by completing 16-of-24 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns against Texas A&M ... became the first Longhorns QB to post three consecutive wins against the Aggies since Bobby Layne won four in a row from 1944-47 ... completed 15-of-28 passes for 269 yards and two TDs in the 35-20 Cotton Bowl victory over LSU.
Started 12 games ... did not play in the Holiday Bowl ... second-team All-Big 12 selection by the Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News ... also a third-team all-conference choice by the league's coaches ... was one of 10 "favorites" for the Walter Camp College Football Foundation Player of the Year award and a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist ... shared UT's Strength & Conditioning Award ... completed 214-of-362 passes for 2,603 yards and 22 TDs ... placed second in the Big 12 in points responsible for per game (14.0/16th NCAA) and third in pass efficiency (133.5 rtg.) ... averaged 26.0 yards per TD pass ... led the UT offense to points on 59 of the 134 drives (44.0%) he directed (45 TDs/14 FGs) ... reached the 1,000-yard passing barrier in five games, which was tied for the fourth-best start in school history ... also rushed for six scores, which was the most by a Longhorn QB since Donnie Little in 1980 (seven) ... accounted for a Big 12-best 28 TDs (22 pass/6 rush), which tied Ricky Williams' single-season record set during his 1998 Heisman Trophy-winning season ... helped pace a UT offense that led the Big 12 and ranked sixth nationally in scoring (39.2 ppg) ... was the starting QB for a passing offense that led the league in pass efficiency (136.1 rtg.) and ranked second in passing yards per game (250.3 ypg) ... named UT's Darrell K Royal Offensive Player of the Game following the Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Colorado contests ... completed 16-of-33 passes for 138 yards at Texas A&M ... in less than three quarters of action against Kansas, passed for 284 yards and two TDs on 16-of-24 passing to help UT post a season-high 606 yards of offense ... completed 15-of-29 passes for 271 yards and two TDs at Baylor ... had 24 completions (30 attempts) in tossing for 229 yards and four TDs at Missouri ... connected on 17-of-28 passes for 234 yards and three TDs in UT's first matchup with No. 14 Colorado ... tossed a career-high five TD passes on 18-of-30 passing for 235 yards at Oklahoma State ... also ran for a score against the Cowboys ... set single-game season-high for attempts (42) and threw for 198 yards against No. 3 Oklahoma ... registered a single-game season-high in completion percentage (80.8%) on 21-of-26 passing against Texas Tech ... passed for 224 yards and one TD and ran for two scores against the Red Raiders ... posted his second career 300-yard passing game with a 311-yard performance at Houston ... connected with sophomore WR B.J. Johnson on a career-best 92-yard scoring strike in the first quarter of that game ... was good on 17-of-35 passes for 167 yards against North Carolina ... completed 17-of-33 passes for 182 yards and a pair of TDs in UT's season-opening victory against New Mexico State ... after facing significant pressure and completing only two of his first seven passes for 20 yards in the first quarter, connected on 15-of-26 passes for 162 yards and two scores the rest of the way.
Played in 11 games, including the Holiday Bowl, and started six contests ... completed 67-of-117 passes (57.3 percent) for 1,064 yards and eight touchdowns ... posted a Big 12-leading 144.25 pass efficiency rating ... helped lead a passing attack that set a UT single-season record and ranked 14th nationally (293.5 ypg) ... UT also ranked 14th in the nation in total offense (439.0 ypg) ... seven of his completions went for more than 40 yards ... led UT to points on 40 percent (25-of-63) of the drives he directed ... started the final three games of the season ... completed 43-of-75 passes for 868 yards and five touchdowns in those three starting assignments ... registered a 160.54 QB efficiency rating during that stretch ... completed 17-of-33 passes for 245 yards and had a 4-yard scoring run against No. 8 Oregon in the Holiday Bowl ... posted 383 yards on 16 completions with three touchdowns against No. 22 Texas A&M ... all three of his TD passes against the Aggies went to freshman receivers ... had a season-long 70-yard TD pass to B.J. Johnson in the 43-17 victory against A&M ... was tabbed the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after the win against the Aggies ... started at Kansas and connected on 10-of-18 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns (38, 65 yards to Roy Williams) ... relieved an injured Applewhite at Texas Tech and completed both his passes for 18 yards to help secure the 29-17 victory ... completed 5-of-8 passes for 86 yards against Baylor and led the offense to a pair of TD drives in the fourth quarter ... did not play at Colorado ... connected on 11-of-23 passes for 67 yards against No. 10 Oklahoma ... completed 9-of-16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in his second start of the season (vs. Houston) ... started against Oklahoma State and was 3-of-5 for eight yards ... came off the bench at Stanford and connected on 3-of-6 tosses for 56 yards, including a 38-yard scoring pass to Williams ... started the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette and completed 7-of-14 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Served as UT's backup quarterback ... played in seven games, including the Cotton Bowl ... first career start came at No. 24 Texas A&M ... saw action in the fourth quarter of five games ... completed 19-of-36 passes for 223 yards (two TDs/one INT) ... connected on 10-of-21 passes for 130 yards in his start against an A&M defense that ranked 15th nationally in total defense and 20th against the pass ... led the Horns on their only two scoring drives and completed a season-long 57-yard pass to Jamel Thompson against the Aggies ... saw his first career action against Stanford and completed 3-of-7 passes for 27 yards, including his first career touchdown pass ... connected on 3-of-4 passes, including a 3-yard TD pass to Brandon Healy at Baylor ... connected on 3-of-4 passes for 46 yards against Texas Tech ... played but did not throw a pass at Rutgers and Oklahoma State ... completed 9-of-18 passes for 91 yards in three drives at the Cotton Bowl.
Coached by Mike Miello at Ramapo High ... the 1998 USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-USA selection ... rated as the top quarterback on the 1998 Parade All-American team ... USA Today's New Jersey Player of the Year (1998) ... one of only three players to be named to the prestigious Heisman High School (Tri-State) all-star team twice (1997-98) ... a two-time first-team all-state performer ... listed among Gatorade Circle of Champions as the 1998 New Jersey Player of the Year ... also rated as the New Jersey Player of the Year by USA Today and The Associated Press ... completed 381-of-640 passes for 7,055 yards and 63 TDs (13 interceptions) in 39 career games ... completed 106-of-185 passes for a school-record 2,239 yards and 18 TDs (four interceptions) in leading Ramapo to a 9-2 record as a senior ... led the team to a state title as a junior ... threw for 1,897 yards and a school-record 22 TDs that season ... also was a starter on the basketball team.
Born 8/29/80 ... full name is Christopher David Simms ... majored in history ... was very active in Longhorn community service efforts ... son of former New York Giants star quarterback Phil Simms, the MVP of Super Bowl XXI in 1987 ... Phil was the Giants' all-time leading passer, completing 2,576-of-4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 TDs ... his 15 seasons with the Giants (1979-93) also was a club record.
Year G/GS Comp-Att Pct. Yds Rating TD INT Long Rush/TD Total
2002 13/13 235-396 59.3 3,207 143.0 26 12 84t/TT 70 (-124)/4 3,083
2001 12/12 214-362 59.1 2,603 133.5 22 11 92t/UH 52 (-10)/6 2,593
2000 10/5 67-117 57.3 1,064 144.3 8 7 70t/A&M 26 (-25)/0 1,039
1999 6/1 19-36 52.8 223 117.6 2 1 57/A&M 11-22/0 245
Career 41/31 535-911 58.7 7,097 138.4 58 31 92t/UH 159 (-137)/10 6,960
Pass attempts: 47 at Nebraska (Sr.)*
Pass completions: 29 at Nebraska (Sr.)
Passing yards: 419 at Nebraska (Sr.)*
300-yard passing games: 4 (419 at Nebraska, Sr*.; 383 vs. Texas A&M, So.; 345 at Texas Tech, Sr.,; 311 at Houston, Jr.)
Touchdown passes: 5 at Oklahoma State (Jr.)
Long pass: 92t to B.J. Johnson at Houston (Jr.)
Total offense: 411 at Nebraska (Sr.)
200-yard games: 18
300-yard games: 4
400-yard games: 1*
Multiple TD pass games: 18
Record as a starter: 26-6 (.813)