2019 highlights from Butkus Award winning LB Isaiah Simmons (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Isaiah Simmons did something in 2019 that no other Clemson player had ever done. He won the Butkus Award, which is handed out annually to the nation’s best linebacker. He was also a unanimous All-American, becoming just the sixth Tiger to accomplish that feat.
Even more impressive is the fact that Simmons accomplished all this in just his second season playing linebacker, after moving over from safety. Technically, Simmons played the role of the SAM linebacker, or nickelback.
He constantly showed off his versatility throughout the season. Not only did he play the SAM, he was also used at safety, and lined up some defensive end. He was so versatile that they used him to cover speedy UofSC receiver Shi Smith in Clemson’s 38-3 win over the rival Gamecocks.
Relive some of those historical 2019 moments here.
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