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Simms Suspended for Season Opener

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WVU receiver Marcus Simms celebrates his first career touchdown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) WVU receiver Marcus Simms celebrates his first career touchdown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

MORGANTOWN - On Monday, West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced the suspension of sophomore wide receiver Marcus Simms for the 2017 season opener vs. Virginia Tech.

According to the criminal complaint, Simms was pulled over on Sunday, August 13 for a broken tail light, and was charged with DUI and driving while license suspended for DUI. Simms was previously arrested for DUI in Maryland on May 27, 2017.

 “We have very high expectations for our student-athletes and they know that how we represent this university is more important than their contribution on the field,” Holgorsen said in a university release. “While every case is unique and discipline imposed is based on varying factors, this suspension is warranted.”

He was released from the North Central Regional Jail later on Sunday.

In addition to the suspension, Simms must fulfill certain requirements before his reinstatement to competition. He will be allowed to participate in team activities during the suspension.

“It is my hope that Marcus works hard to fulfill his obligation as a member of our community and as a member of our football program,” Holgorsen added.

As a freshman, Simms played in nine games for the Mountaineers. He reeled in six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

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