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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kansas RB Sims earns freshman All-America honor

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He started as an unknown commodity on a team loaded with depth at running back. He finished with an honorable-mention nod on College Football News’ freshman All-America team and a spot on Rivals.com’s Big 12 all-freshman team.

Not a bad way for Kansas University running back James Sims to break into college football.

Sims’ honors were announced by KU on Wednesday. His impact was instant.

After sitting out the season opener against North Dakota State, Sims rumbled for 101 yards on 17 carries in a victory against Georgia Tech the following week.

The true freshman from Irving, Texas, added two more 100-yard games (115 yards on 16 carries vs. New Mexico State and 123 yards on 20 carries against Colorado) and turned in the fourth-best single-season rushing total by a freshman in school history. Sims’ 742 yards rushing (on 168 carries) were the most by a KU freshman since Clark Green ran for 813 yards in 2002. The total ranked Sims ninth in the nation among all freshmen.

Sims added nine TDs on the ground and 134 yards and another touchdown on 19 receptions to finish with nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and 10 TDs.

Perhaps the most overlooked accomplishment Sims achieved this season was the fact that his gross total was 749 yards on the ground.

That means in 168 carries, Sims lost just seven yards all season.

In addition to being the most potent weapon on an offense that struggled for most of the season, Sims made an impact on the KU record books.

His four touchdowns against Colorado tied a school record for TDs in a single game, and his trio of 100-yard games left him one away from tying the record for most triple-digit games by a freshman.

Four scheduled for early arrival

Wednesday marked the first day of the winter signing period for midyear, junior-college transfers. Kansas officially is expected to welcome one juco transfer, walk-on Bo Adams, a versatile lineman from Iowa Western Community College who projects as a center at KU.

Adams won’t be the only guy KU picks up this winter.

Also expected to arrive on campus in the next few weeks is defensive end Julius Green, 6-foot-7, 269 pounds, who was scheduled to join the Jayhawks last August but hit a snag when the NCAA did not allow one of his classes to transfer. Green, originally a member of the Class of 2010, took his official visit to KU last week and told Rivals.com he loved every second of it.

While waiting to become eligible, Green took one class at Houston Community College and has put on 20 pounds since September.

Two local high school prospects, Blue Valley West offensive lineman Dylan Admire, 6-2, 264, and Blue Springs’ (Mo.) running back, Darrian Miller, 5-10, 181, will graduate high school this month and will begin attending classes at KU next semester. Admire and Miller will room together at KU. All four players will be eligible for spring practices.

Meanwhile, highly touted juco quarterback Zack Stoudt, who on Monday chose Ole Miss over KU, was expected to send his letter to Oxford, Miss., on Wednesday, making him an official member of the Rebels’ program.

The midyear transfer signing period runs through Jan. 15, 2011. High school recruits from the Class of 2011 can begin signing their letters of intent Feb. 2.

Comments

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Does 269 include the 20 lbs, or was that what he was previously listed at?

If he was able to add 20 in a semester at home after primarily playing BB for most of his life, it would seem very possible for him to add enough more to move inside as a super quick powerful DT. That is the real need on the team. We have people that will be capable of filling the DE position opposite Toben.

It would be consistent with rumors that Kevin & Keba (?others?) are doing the same. I believe Suh followed a somewhat similar path at NU.

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honk_for_hawks 3 years, 4 months ago

I hope our offensive line is healthy next year so Sims can break 1000 yd season. He definitely has the talent.

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100 3 years, 4 months ago

From the recruiting link above discussing Julius Green:

"Has only been playing football for two years, played basketball previously, thus his body build is more in line with a basketball player also at his point. Very quick and athletic, he will leap-frog over tackles. His closing speed is simply amazing and he can finish a play like someone who has been playing for quite some time. Still raw at this point but he is impressive."

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Mangino_Maniac 3 years, 4 months ago

Awesome news for Mr. Sims! He was definitely a bright spot this year. Congrats!

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Jayhawk1116 3 years, 4 months ago

Or even - Kansas running back #29, "Jayhawk Logo", earns freshman All-American honor.

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rwhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Headline should read, "Kansas RB #29 earns freshman All-America honor," I'm just sayin'!

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Phoggin_Loud 3 years, 4 months ago

"While waiting to become eligible, Green took one class at Houston Community College and has put on 20 pounds since September."

Was this a solid 20 lbs, or a "Taco Bell" 20 lbs??

Hopefully he wasn't just sitting around, waiting to qualify.

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justanotherfan 3 years, 4 months ago

Green will be a true freshman, which is great. The fact that he will be here for the spring is even better, because he will get to work on the two things he needs, which are technique and strength. With him on one end and Toben on the other, we may finally have our bookends on the defensive side of the ball to be disruptive. Add in improved safety play from MacDougald and Terry, along with a healthy Huldon Tharp, and this defense could be pretty solid next season, particularly if some of the other LBs come along.

Offensively, most of our talent is still at RB and WR, with the QB and OL still hanging as question marks. If we get some BCS conference quality performances from QB and OL, we have a shot a being in most games next season. No guarantee we win those games, but we should be in them if QB and OL are solid.

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milehighhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Congrats to Sims on a remarkable freshman campaign - well-deserved honor!

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Michael Maris 3 years, 4 months ago

You all need to check out the news on Julius Green on Scouts.com website.

http://kansas.scout.com/a.z?s=172&p=8&c=1&nid=4539403

Look at the areas of Strengths and Improvements. Then, read the paragraph below and see what the analyst states about how long he has been playing organized football. Athletes are athletes. If the athletes have the ability to be coachable and willing to learn, that is a positive. Julius Peppers, Tony Gonzalez and how many others NFL players have a basketball background? I'm not saying that Julius Green is one of those aforementioned players. But, he is an athlete and so were the other aformentioned players. Coach Gill and Staff, keep doing as you are doing.

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Kevin Studer 3 years, 4 months ago

EEEEASy, folks. I'm sure Green has some fine potential and all. But this is a kid from Texas who didn't have a single scholarship offer to a Texas school. I'm not trying to be a downer; he may be a very good football player. But the Mean Joe Green-Julius Peppers comparisons? Wow....

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Edward Daub 3 years, 4 months ago

I hope that Julius Green is the next Julius Peppers! I like Sims, I like him alot. Has anybody seen Miller play? Is he the real deal?

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jhox 3 years, 4 months ago

Imagine the yardage he would have had if the KU coaching staff had figured out that he was the best running back on the team earlier in the season. It was like a light went on for the coaching staff with a game or two to go, and they finally realized they needed to quit wasting carriers on the other RB's, and give the ball to Sims more. Most of the fans figured that out by halftime of the Georgia Tech game.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

did he "sit out" the home opener or did our head talent evaluator choose to play someone else instead? no seriously. not trying to instigate. was he suspended, hurt, or something against ndsu?

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100 3 years, 4 months ago

Julian Green.....

6'7" 269 pounds...

That's about the size of Mean Joe Green, the famed D end of the Pittsburgh Steelers from the '70s...

Not bad Coach Gill... We've been dealing with 5'11" ends for decades....

Thanks Coach Gill for bringing in these recruits &

Great article LJW!

P.S. Coach Gill.... Looking forward to seeing who else you get in the next few weeks from the state of Florida & Texas. Apparently the new QB at Florida is not happy & is looking to be a playmaker somewhere else.

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 4 months ago

Good to see that our new kicker is considered one of the best in the nation, that will help a bunch. Not to mention Willis who will be one of the best LB's in the confrence. This guy is something special KU fans get ready

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 4 months ago

As good as he was he'll have a hard time starting next year with Miller coming in. But they might just make a great tandem

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