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James Sims | Running Back

Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200

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Kansas RB James Sims "looked good catching the ball in position drills" at Kansas' pro day, according to writer Gil Brandt.
Jayhawks HC Charlie Weis said during the 2013 season that Sims was a pro back. Brandt counters that Sims will "probably be a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft." The 2013 first-team All-Big 12 selection collected 3,592 yards rushing at KU, third-best in school history. He ran a 40-yard dash of 4.59 seconds with the wind in Lawrence. Sat, Mar 15, 2014 05:15:00 PM

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Kansas HC Charlie Weis believes that senior RB James Sims will play in the NFL.

Weis compared Sims to Terrell Davis when the latter came out of Georgia. "There is a reason Terrell Davis was a sixth-round draft choice now. He was that slash one-cut runner with good vision, could run the ball inside very well, could run the ball outside okay, could pick up the blitz, is okay in the passing game. (Sims) doesn't have a glaring weakness." Sims, a 6-foot, 202-pounder, earned second-team All-Big-12 honors last season when he became the first Jayhawk to exceed 1,000 rushing yards since 2006. He is the star of a KU offensive attack that should be noticeably stronger in 2013.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Former NFL personnel man Louis Riddick believes late round picks "must have exceptional character."

These sixth- and seventh-round picks "must be expected to do the right thing," according to Riddick. "Bad character influences at the bottom end of your roster can negatively effect the chemistry of the team the same as if it was at the top." Many teams seem to select character or medical risks during the later part of the third day, with mixed results. With the off-field circus the NFL has had this year, teams could start featuring Riddick's process.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:53:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Kansas senior RB James Sims is the school's second best prospect.

Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis has compared Sims to Terrell Davis. The running back has the "shifty feet to make defenders miss, but also runs with deceiving strength and balance, using his pad level and toughness to pick up yards after contact," writes Brugler. Sims has some off field questions which has forced him to miss time, but he is a talented runner.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Kansas junior RB James Sims announced that he will return to school for his final season.

Earlier in the season, head coach Charlie Weis called Sims the best running back in the Big 12, and with more wins (resulting in more attention) the soon-to-be senior could prove that. He does have some off-field issues that led to a suspension, but Sims is a bigger back that is at his best when breaking tackles.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 09:33:00 AM

Kansas junior RB James Sims rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries Saturday against Texas Tech.

Sims added another two catches for eight yards and a touchdown. Head coach Charlie Weis called Sims the best back in the Big 12, and although we like Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle more, Sims is very solid.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 05:56:00 PM

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis believes that junior James Sims is the Big 12's best RB.

"I don’t know if there’s a better back in this league," Weis said. "If they exist, I have not seen them yet." We like Sims's vision and patience, and both have helped him reach 622 yards and five touchdowns in just five games. However, the junior does run a bit upright and was suspended for the first three games of the season following an offseason arrest.
Source: KU Sports
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Kansas running back James Sims is suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season following his arrest.

The suspension comes a couple of days following Sims’ arrest for driving under the influence. The Jayhawks’ leading rusher in 2011 with 727 yards will miss games against San Diego State, Rice and TCU, all at home.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Running back James Sims was arrested on DUI charges early Sunday.

On the field, Sims is one of the few bright spots that new coach Charlie Weis inherited. Sims led the team last season with 729 yards rushing (4.0 ypc) and 9 touchdowns. He posted nearly identical numbers as a freshman in 2010 when he ran for 742 yards (4.4 ypc) and 9 TDs.
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 10:07:00 AM