Jake Simmons, Division II player, dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A freshman wide receiver has lost his life. Jake Simmons, a Division II football player at Southwestern Oklahoma State, died on Saturday.

He was 18-years-old.

Jake Simmons (Photo by Southwestern Oklahoma State)

Jake Simmons (Photo by Southwestern Oklahoma State)

Simmons was traveling from Norman, Okla., to his college campus when the accident happened on August 26th. He suffered extensive injuries in the crash.

“On behalf of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, I express our deepest condolences to the family of Jake Simmons as we all mourn his loss,” SWOSU President Randy Beutler said. “We ask that the entire Bulldog Family continue to lift up his family and friends in this difficult time.”

He signed to play with the school in February. However, he never played a game for the school.

“Although I never had the opportunity to meet Jake, I know our coaches were excited to have him on the team as a student-athlete, but he was also a person of great character,” SWOSU Athletic Director Todd Thurman. “Our thoughts go out to his family during this most difficult time.”

According to KFOR, the funeral service for Simmons will take place on September 14th at 1 pm. It will take place at Fellowship Church in Norman, Okla.

“Jake Simmons was a great young man who we were excited to have join our program,” SWOSU Head Football Coach Chet Pobolish said. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Jake’s family and friends at this time.”

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