After missing all of last season with a knee injury and totaling just 10 tackles in eight games as a freshman in 2016, Oregon linebacker Keith Simms has a rejuvenated outlook in 2018.
“When I came in here, I honestly was not healthy and I wasn’t in tip-top shape,” Simms said, per Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard. “I knew if I devoted a lot of time to my diet and working out that would obviously help me in the long run. Being out here in the spring, I just wanted to enjoy it because I haven’t been out here the last year.
“I’ve been in better spirits. I think that’s one of the reasons why things have been going well so far.”
Simms has spent time at inside and outside linebacker this spring. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound linebacker likely will be a top reserve for the Ducks base 3-4 defense this season. Troy Dye and Kaulana Apelu are penciled in to start in the inside, while Justin Hollins and La’Mar Winston are expected to start at outside linebacker.
Oregon likes the redshirt sophomore’s ability to play both positions, and he’s accepting of playing where he’s needed.