Ex-UNC player leaves Hoosiers after one season

Indiana wide receiver Emery Simmons On Monday, the NCAA transfer portal entered 247Sports. He did this after spending a season with the Hoosiers. Simmons previously played in North Carolina before joining the Big Ten school this past offseason.

Simmons finished the season with 37 receptions for 408 yards and a touchdown. His best game of the season was a loss to Maryland, when he caught six passes for 99 yards. Indiana’s head coach Tom Allen had praise for Simmons after his breakout performance against the Terrapins.

“It was encouraging” everyone said. “He’s playing the way I expected him to. As we all know, we recruited him the first time, wanted him here a few years ago and finally brought him here. And just his confidence keeps growing, made some big catches for us, big games. I just love his way of thinking. He’s just such a worker. Just as he is every rep, so he practices every day. Really excited and happy for Emery. He’s just a great young man who I really trust a lot. And he’s now playing at the level I expected from him.”

Simmons, a former three-star recruit from Hope Mills (NC) South View, served North Carolina through Indiana, Penn State, Duke and East Carolina.

The 2022-23 cycle for the NCAA transfer portal is unlike any seen before, with a Dec. 5th-Jan. 19 windows for FBS athletes. Eligible players eligible to participate outside the window include FCS players, transfers and those whose head coaches have been fired.

The NCAA launched the transfer portal on October 15, 2018, providing athletes with a way to explore their options. Players do not need to ask their coaching staff for permission to switch. All they have to do is ask for compliance to put their name on it. It usually takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear after their request. Schools are free to contact a player once their name appears on the portal.

While a player entering his name on the transfer portal means he intends to explore his options, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are not required to award a scholarship to a player once they enter the portal.

According to sources, 3,083 FBS players had to enter the transfer portal during the 2021-22 transfer cycle. That’s an increase from 2,646 in 2021-20, 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

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This huge increase is thanks to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes can make a once-in-a-career transfer without missing a year of residence. This means that all players entering the transfer portal for the first time are immediately eligible to attend their new school as long as they meet an NCAA-mandated registration deadline.