The Oklahoma State Cowboy defense is the strength of the team, but it’s suffered a big loss. Senior linebacker Ryan Simmons, an unquestioned leader, announced via social media that he has a torn MCL and PCL, and that he’s out for the season. Unfortunately, due to his eligibility, that will also bring his playing days in Stillwater to a close.
Simmons is a team captain, but he isn’t a guy to mince words, and the players know it. He’s a to-the-point kind of guy, and he’s there to do work.
“Ryan is a no BS kind of guy,” defensive back Deric Robertson told NewsOK last season. “If you’re not in it to win it, he doesn’t want you around. If your goals are not oriented toward the team and trying to make the defense better, or the overall team in general, he doesn’t want you around.”
Simmons is the kind of guy that pushes you to do your best, and he’s well respected for it. Several past and present teammates tweeted out their condolences to Simmons.
Y'all pray for my brother man! @RS_52 I know God has a plan for each of us!
— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) October 7, 2015
— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) October 7, 2015
— Desmond Roland (@triple_dboy26) October 7, 2015
Simmons played in 31 straight games as a Cowboy, and already racked up 14 tackles this season. Witout him clogging up the middle, Gundy now has a huge hole to fill. Enter California transfer Chad Whitener.
Whitener will take over the inside linebacker position. He recorded a team-high nine tackles while adding on two sacks and three tackles for loss after Simmons went out against Kansas State. He’ll need to maintain that kind of production as the Cowboys make the long trip to Morgantown this week.