Simon took Western Michigan receivers to new heights. In 2016, Western Michigan passed for 3,533 yards and 33 touchdowns. The man responsible for the majority of those yards, receptions and touchdowns was Simon-coached NCAA Consensus All-American Corey Davis. Davis, who was the first Consensus All-American in Western Michigan history, caught 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He ended his career with 5,212 yards in four seasons, which makes him the Football Bowl Subdivision all-time career receiving record holder.
In 2015, Simon coached the most prolific receiver duo in the country since 2002. The duo of Daniel Braverman and Davis were the first receiving duo since 2002 to catch more than 1,400 and 1,300 yards in the same year (Davis recorded 1,436 yards, while Braverman had 1,371).
Braverman and Davis were each named to the All-MAC team in 2015. Braverman finished second in the FBS nationally in receptions (108), eighth in receiving yards (1,371) and eighth in receiving touchdowns (12). Davis was fifth in the country in receiving yards (1,436) and receiving touchdowns (13), while finishing 12th in receptions (90).
Simon helped turn Braverman and Davis into NFL draft picks as well. Braverman was drafted in 2016 by the Chicago Bears with the 230th overall pick, while Davis was taken in 2017 by the Tennessee Titans fifth overall. Davis, who was the first Consensus All-American in Western Michigan history, caught 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016. He ended his career with 5,212 yards in four seasons, which makes him the Football Bowl Subdivision all-time career receiving record holder. Davis joined Randy Moss as the only Mid-American Conference receiver to be drafted in the first round.
Simon spent two years at Rutgers before joining Fleck at Western Michigan. He coached receivers at Rutgers in 2013 and worked in player development in 2012.
Simon is extremely familiar with head coach P.J. Fleck and the state of Minnesota. Fleck was Simon’s position coach at Northern Illinois. Simon, who is from Minnesota, spent the 2011 season coaching tight ends at the nearby University of St. Thomas.
Simon started his coaching career at his alma mater Northern Illinois, as he was an offensive quality control assistant for the Huskies in 2010. He was a member of former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill’s staff at Northern Illinois in 2010 and was a member of the Huskies player leadership council in 2008 on Kill’s team.
As a receiver at Northern Illinois, Simon earned four letters from 2004-08 and served as a co-captain. He caught 96 career passes for 1,660 yards and averaged 17.3 yards per catch. Simon caught passes in 20 straight games during one stretch and totaled five career 100-yard receiving games. He racked up a team-best 969 yards on 52 catches in 2007. During his senior year, he was one of only 22 players in the nation selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for leadership and work in the community.
Simon earned a bachelor’s degree as a science in organizational management major and signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints after college.
Simon and his wife, Charlotte, were married in July 2016.
SIMON AT A GLANCE
2017-present: Minnesota - Wide Receivers
2014-17: Western Michigan - Wide Receivers
2013: Rutgers - Wide Receivers
2012: Rutgers - Player Development
2011: University of St. Thomas (Minn.) - Tight Ends
2010: Northern Illinois - Offensive Quality Control
Playing Experience: Northern Illinois (wide receiver), 2004-08; New Orleans Saints (wide receiver), 2009-10
Birthday: December 4, 1985
Hometown: Farmington, Minn.
High School: Farmington High School, 2004
Alma Mater: Northern Illinois, 2008 (organizational management)
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