6’2″ 350 pounds; Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Things were already tough for the Bowling Green Falcons. However, it’s even worse for their offensive line now. Four underclassmen and a converted defensive lineman will start up front now, as Sam Neverov, their one bright spot offensively, is out.
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Scot Loeffler prefers to establish the run above all else. That’s where his bread and butter is offensively. In order to shut down his offense, Tennessee football needs to focus on shutting down any rushing attack whatsoever. Blowing up that offensive line that is bound to struggle is the first step, and Elijah Simmons is key to that.
Simmons and Matthew Butler shocked the world by earning the starting job over Aubrey Solomon and Kurott Garland. While Butler is more of the playmaker, Simmons is a true nose tackle, given his size, and he’s meant to wreck other teams’ offensive fronts. That’ll be necessary Thursday to make sure BGSU never gets anything going.
If the Vols don’t dominate BGSU’s front, well, things could then get dicey, as they do have two solid young running backs, one who proved himself last year with eight yards a carry as a backup in Terion Stewart. Still, the stage is set for Simmons to dominate and not allow them to get going.