The North Carolina Tar Heels are without question one of the underrated football teams in the ACC, and are going to be a lot better than many are expecting in 2015. They finished just 6-7 on the season last year, and 4-4 in the ACC. As they prepare to start the season on September 3rd against the South Carolina Gamecocks, they will do so without defensive back Malik Simmons.
Simmons isn’t a huge piece of the Tar Heels defense, but he certainly does have the potential to break out with a big season this year. He stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 190 pounds, and there is no question that North Carolina could use as much talent on the field as possible.
During the 2014 season with the Tar Heels, Simmons ended up recording 34 tackles, three defensed passes and a forced fumble.
This suspension comes due to the rough offseason that Simmons went through with two arrests. His first arrest was due to a misdemeanor marijuana charge, while they chose to suspend him following his second arrest. Simmons just missed his court appearance earlier this week, and decided to attend football practice instead after being reinstated by the team.
“Malik’s actions did not meet the standards of the Carolina football program and he will serve a significant penalty as a result,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said. “I’m confident he will learn from it and we can put these issues in the past.”
There is no question that Simmons deserved this suspension, and hopefully he learns something moving forward. Expect to see him come back after Week 2 of the season and bring everything he possibly can to the field to get back in the swing of things.
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