Western Kentucky’s defensive secondary has taken a significant hit less than a month before the start of the 2017 season.
Late last week, Mike Sanford confirmed that De’Andre Simmons suffered a non-specified knee injury during a Friday practice. As a result, the fifth-year senior cornerback will be sidelined for the entire 2017 season.
The head coach described the injury as being non-contact, which, more times than not, points to an ACL issue.
“He’s a brother of ours, a guy that’s been in this program and sacrificed a lot to put himself in position to have a great senior year,” the head coach said according to the Bowling Green Daily News. “That was a hard loss for all of us. But De’Andre’s an incredible young man and he’ll really bounce back from this. We stand behind him 100 percent.”
Simmons has started 14 games at corner for the Hilltoppers, 12 of which came last season. He had been expected to once again man one of the starting corner spots.