Simms Suspended For Opener Versus VT; Holgorsen Issues Statement

WVU WR Marcus Simms Suspended For Season-Opener, Remains On Team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms has been suspended after being arrested and charged with DUI and driving on a revoked license by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s office early Sunday morning.

Simms, a sophomore from Sandy Springs, Md., was also arrested in his home state in May for a DUI, and in accordance with Maryland law was serving up to six months with a revoked license.

The issue caused head coach Dana Holgorsen to release the following statement late Monday night: “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.  While every case is unique and discipline imposed is based on varying factors, this suspension is warranted.  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.”

The arrest came on move-in weekend for the university, which begins classes Wednesday. WVU’s football team had Saturday off following a 100-play scrimmage Friday. Simms, 19, had positioned himself as a probable starter on the outside. Simms played in nine games last year and caught six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown.

The arrest report indicated Simms was pulled over by a Mon County sheriff’s deputy because of a taillight issue. When the deputy approached the car, he smelled the strong scent of marijuana and noticed that Simms’ eyes were glassy and bloodshot. Simms failed the sobriety tests and was arrested.

The issue will hinder WVU’s receiver group going into the Sept. 3 opening game against Virginia Tech; the Mountaineers are still missing Jovon Durante, a potential leading deep threat, who is “dealing with personal issues” and has yet to report to the team, according to Holgorsen.

The press release reads as follows:

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen has suspended sophomore wide receiver Marcus Simms for the opening game of the 2017 season. In addition, Simms must fulfill certain requirements before his reinstatement to competition.  He will be allowed to participate in team activities during the suspension.