Football Coaching Staff
Dennis Simmons
Outside Receivers
Coach Info:
Position: Outside Receivers
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Alma Mater: BYU
Graduating Year: 1997
Experience: 2 Years

• Named Oklahoma’s outside receivers coach on Feb. 9, 2015.

• OU’s offense has been one of the country’s most prolific since his arrival in Norman, ranking fourth nationally in scoring (43.5 ppg) and seventh in total offense (530.2 ypg) in 2015, and second in total offense (554.8 ypg) and third in scoring offense (43.9 ppg) in 2016.

• One of two coaches to coach two different Biletnikoff Award winners, the most recent pupil being Dede Westbrook in 2016, who caught 80 passes for 1,524 yards (19.1 per catch) and 17 TDs. A Heisman Trophy finalist, he was also OU’s first unanimous All-American since 2004.

• Joined the Sooners after spending the previous three seasons coaching outside receivers for Mike Leach at Washington State. Was originally indocrinated in Leach’s highly successful offensive approach while on his staff at Texas Tech.

• In 2014, Washington State led all FBS schools in passing, averaging 477.7 yards per game, more than 100 more than the next closest squad as the Cougars shattered the Pac-12 record with 5,732 passing yards.

• Washington State also ranked seventh in the nation in total offense and was ninth in completion percentage in 2014. Simmons’ top pupil that season was Vince Mayle, a former basketball player who tied for fourth in the nation with 106 receptions, while his 1,483 receiving yards ranked fifth among FBS players.

• During the 2013 campaign, Washington State set a Pac-12 record with 470 completions as the Cougars ranked fourth in the nation by averaging passing 368.0 ypg after coming in 10th in the nation in that department in 2012 (330.4 ypg).

• Worked with OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley at both Texas Tech (2008-09) and East Carolina (2010-11).

• Propelled East Carolina WR Lance Lewis to a record-setting 2010 campaign. Lewis became only the third player in school history to register a 1,000-yard receiving season as the All-Conference USA performer caught 89 passes for 1,116 yards with 14 scores.

• His initial assignment working with Leach and Riley came at Texas Tech, where he helped WR Michael Crabtree earn the Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-America honors in 2008.

• Crabtree was subsequently tabbed as the 10th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft after accumulating 97 receptions for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns during his final campaign for the Red Raiders.

• In 2009, he and Riley helped develop walk-on receiver Alex Torres into a Freshman All-American who led the Red Raiders in receiving.

• Simmons spent 10 years working with Leach at Texas Tech. Prior to his coaching assignment with the Red Raiders, he served as Leach’s chief of staff from 2005-07.

• Originally joined the Texas Tech program as the assistant athletics director/quality control for the football program, coordinating recruiting visits, player personnel issues, community service initiatives and other responsibilities.

• Coached running backs at Cornell University in 1999, where also held the title of assistant athletics director and chief of staff.

• A three-year starting outside linebacker at BYU, Simmons began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1997, working with the offensive line and special teams.

• Simmons, who earned a degree in broadcast communications, was a member of teams that claimed four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and made four bowl appearances.

• Served as an NFL Minority Fellowship intern with the Buffalo Bills during the summer of 1999.

• Earned his master’s degree in educational leadership in August 1999 from BYU.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER
• Three-year starter at BYU as an outside linebacker
• Played in four bowl games at BYU

PROMINENT PUPILS
• Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma); Heisman Finalist; Biletnikoff Award; Unanimous First-Team All-American; Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year; Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
• Vince Mayle (Washington State), Ravens; All-Pac-12 Second Team
• Lance Lewis (East Carolina); All-Conference USA Second Team
• Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Raiders; Biletnikoff Award; All-America First Team; All-Big 12 First Team
• Alex Torres (Texas Tech); Freshman All-American