Meet Austin Simmons, the Youngest Two Sport Athlete in the Country

Austin Simmons is a two-sport athlete for the Ole Miss Rebels. Let's examine the quarterback and pitcher for the Rebels.
Quarterback Austin Simmons (8) throws a pass at Ole Miss football practice in Oxford, Miss., on
Quarterback Austin Simmons (8) throws a pass at Ole Miss football practice in Oxford, Miss., on / Bruce Newman/Special to Clarion Ledger /

The Ole Miss Rebels run a great athletic program. They are one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference in football and baseball.

Austin Simmons is a rare athlete who gets to play two sports at the collegiate level. He is quarterback and pitcher at Ole Miss University.

Not a lot of athletes are able to do this. Famous athletes such as Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Kyler Murray, and Russell Wilson are some of the notable athletes who played baseball and football in college and professionally.

Not only is Simmons a rare two-sport athlete, but he is the youngest player in the NCAA. He originally was in the high school class of 2025, but he reclassed and graduated in 2023. He was 17 years old when he first got onto campus.

Simmons is in his freshman year at Ole Miss and has only seen time in baseball. In football, he is a backup behind starter Jaxson Dart.

In his final high school season, Simmons threw for 3,161 passing yards with 24 passing touchdowns and only had nine interceptions. He also ran for 92 rushing yards and had three rushing touchdowns.

Simmons only played one season of high school baseball and was lights out. In six appearances on the mound, Simmons had a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 2.00 in 21 innings pitched with 61 strikeouts.

He had a lot of strikeouts, but he also allowed seven hits and 24 walks. This turned into a 1.47 WHIP.

Although he has not appeared in a collegiate football game, he has been solid arm out of the Rebels bullpen. In eight appearances, Simmons has a 2-0 record with a 2.89 earned run average in 9.1 innings pitched with 12 strikeouts.

Simmons will continue to develop into a great quarterback and pitcher for the Rebels. Keep in mind, he just turned 18 a few months ago and he is already a solid pitcher for Ole Miss.