GREEN BAY (WAOW) - Linebacker Maurice Simpkins has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers.
A very excited Simpkins said "It is a blessing, I am thankful to god and I am looking to make the best of my opportunity." Simpkins is the first Green Bay Blizzard player ever to sign a contract with the Packers in the Blizzard's seven year history. Tom Burgess on behalf of the ownership group stated, "This is a great honor for Maurice and for the Blizzard. There has never been a player in Blizzard history to sign a contract with the Packers. Our goal is to recruit the highest quality players to Green Bay and hopefully their talent transfers to opportunities like this. On behalf of the team we congratulate Coach Rik Richards and Maurice Simpkins and wish Maurice all the best." Simpkins will report to practice tonight (8/10/2010) at 6:30pm at Ray Nitschske Field.
Simpkins (6'1, 236 lbs.) had an outstanding year this past season. He was named First Team All-IFL Defense. He had 126 total tackles, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) 3 passes broken up and 1 forced fumble. Simpkins was the leader of the Blizzard defense all season long. Simpkins lead the IFL in solo tackles with 85, but his most impressive stat was his league leading 10 blocked field goals. Simpkins was named the 2010 IFL Most Improved Player. The Most Improved Player Award is for the individual who improved their overall level of play from last season to this season. Simpkins won the award based off his performance as one of the top linebackers in the league, improving greatly upon his 2009 campaign.
In 2004, Maurice started all 11 games and earned First Team All-Big South Conference honors for the second consecutive season as a member of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. He led the Chanticleers for the second straight year in tackles with 78, including 41 solo tackles, also a team best. Maurice recorded nine tackles for loss (seventh in the conference), five sacks (tied for fourth in the league) and one interception. He had three games of 10 or more tackles, including a season-best 13 tackles with three sacks in the win over Jacksonville
In 2003, Simpkins was one of Coastal's first-ever First Team All-Big South players after leading CCU and ranking fourth in the Big South in tackles with 103. He recorded 82 solo tackles, tops among the Big South defensive players and added 17 tackles for loss, including six sacks, three fumbles forced, one fumble recovery and one interception. Simpkins earned Big South Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 8, for his part in the inaugural victory over Newberry after recording 11 tackles, including nine solo and five for loss, and a fumble recovery. He had at least eight tackles in all 11 games and posted five games with 10 or more tackles, including 15 tackles, three for loss, and a forced fumble against VMI, earning his second BSC Player of the Week honor, and also earned the Big South's weekly honor for his play at Charleston Southern with seven tackles and one forced fumble. Simpkins graduated from Costal Carolina, majoring in computer science and management.
Courtesy: Blizzard Press Release