2005: Played in all 11 games, starting 10 at left tackle ... Was in on 681 offensive snaps and 32 special teams plays ... Helped the Illini post 538 yards of total offense against Wisconsin ... Led the Illini to a perfect 18-for-18 in the redzone through the first four games ... Blocked for two 200-yard rushing games vs. Rutgers and San Jose State ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2004: Started all 11 games at left tackle ... Collected 65 pancake blocks on an offensive line that paved the way for the Illini to rush for 1,699 yards and a 5.6 yard per attempt average ... Was in on 690 offensive plays ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2003: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... Was in on offensive snaps in seven games, including time spent working the tight end position.
High School: Garnered first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press ... Prep Star All-Region ... Bloomington Herald first-team all-conference and all-area ... Earned Bloomington Herald's Big 33 team honors ... Named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top-50 team ... Selected as the Region 2 Most Valuable Player as voted by the IFCA ... Recorded 58 pancake blocks as a senior ... Earned three letters in football and one in basketball at Penn High School ... Team won state championship in 2000 ... Received invitation to play in the Indiana North/South All-Star game in July ... High school coach was Chris Geesman.
Personal: Full given name is John Joseph Simmons ... Goes by "JJ" ... Born Aug. 30, 1984 in Wheeling, Ill. ... The son of Robert and Jacqueline Simmons ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... Grandfather, Jack, played football for the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions ... Aspires to be a college football coach ... Favorite athlete is former Detroit Lion and Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Speilman ... Volunteers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.