Rickey Simpson
Rickey Simpson


Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Waubonsie Valley

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 240




Redbirds Drop Season-Finale at Southern Illinois, 24-17

Illinois State ends the season with a 5-6 overall record.


Redbirds Suffer 28-10 Loss at No. 1 North Dakota State

Illinois State will wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Southern Illinois looking to secure its fifth-straight winning season.


Redbirds and Panthers Meet In 2013 Mid-America Classic

The game will mark the 102nd in the series between ISU and EIU.


No. 17 Redbirds Force Four Turnovers, Beat UNI 33-21

Tyrone Walker became the ISU all-time leader in receiving yards in ISU history.


The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 1

The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 1


WJBC Recap - Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa

WJBC Recap - Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa


Redbird Xtra | Defensive Line

GoRedbirds.com features a positional breakdown of the defensive line during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.


Illinois State Vs. South Dakota

Illinois State Vs. South Dakota on Oct. 26, 2013.


Illinois State Vs. Abilene Christain

Illinois State Vs. Abilene Christain on 9/21/13


Illinois State vs. Eastern Illinois

September 15, 2012


2012 Redbird Football Spring Camp (April 5)

2012 Redbird Football Spring Camp (April 5)

2013: Started all 11 games at defensive end ... finished the season with 42 total tackles ... was third on the team with 3.5 sacks and tied for fourth with 5.5 tackles-for-loss ... also added nine quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble ... posted five tackles, including a career-best two sacks, in the season opener at Ball State ... posted a career-high six stops and added a half of sack at Missouri State ... had five tackles and a sack at Eastern Illinois.

2012: Played in all 13 games, with one start at UNI ... posted 12 tackles on the season ... had two tackles and a half sack in the season opener vs. Dayton ... had two tackles and intercepted his first career pass on a tipped ball in the win at UNI ... had a season-best three stops in the quarterfinal loss at Eastern Washington.

2011: Saw action in three games at defensive end ... recorded only tackle of the season in the win over Morehead State.

2010: Named the ISU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year ... played in final five games of the season after being taken out of redshirt status, starting in three of those contest ... finished with 13 tackles, including six solo stops ... recorded three tackles at No. 24 Western Illinois ... posted a career-high eight tackles and a tackle-for-loss in the victory over Youngstown State.

Waubonsie Valley HS: Two-year letterwinner ... recorded 66 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks as a senior ... also added four forced fumbles and broke up three pass attempts ... all-state, all-city, all-area and all-conference selection ... named the conference MVP ... had 36 tackles, four TFL's and four sacks as a junior while helping the team to the state playoffs ... all-area selection and conference honorable-mention pick ... coached by Paul Murphy ... also competed in track and field for three seasons.

Personal: Born December 19, 1991, in Chicago, Ill. ... son of Leroy Simpson and Talehia Smith ... one of three children ... plans to major in special education.