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Say something nice about Kansas football: Wide receiver Steven Sims KU's most productive in years

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Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears down the field as he is trailed by the TCU defense after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) tears down the field as he is trailed by the TCU defense after a catch during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Not even halfway into his sophomore season, Steven Sims already has as many touchdown receptions as any Kansas pass-catcher in the years since record-breaking quarterback Todd Reesing headed back to his home state of Texas.

Sims has five TD receptions with seven games remaining, matching wide receiver Nick Harwell’s total in 2014 and tight end Jimmay Mundine’s in 2013.

Sims has more touchdown receptions this season than all Kansas wide receivers had in 2012 (zero) and 2013 (three) combined (three).

A case could be made that the most productive player on the offense and the defense are in the same class and come from the same city. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong also is a sophomore from Houston.

Credit head coach David Beaty with sound talent judgment for pursuing a wide receiver no other Big 12 school deemed worthy of a scholarship.

Among Big 12 receivers, only Texas Tech’s Jonathan Giles (seven TD’s) and James Washington (six) have more scoring catches than Sims, who ranks seventh in the conference with 82.6 yards per game.

When Sims catches his next scores on a catch he will have the most touchdowns in a season by a Kansas receiver since Dezmon Briscoe had nine in 2009.

Comments

Michael Maris 5 years, 3 months ago

Great article.

Coach Beaty and his staff are rebuilding this program.

May not be as fast as we fans would like. But, the building blocks are being put in place.

I'd say that in 2 more seasons, we should be expecting bowl appearances again.

Jeremy D. Morris 5 years, 3 months ago

Love Sims' production. I was hoping Booker would have had similar numbers this year. Any idea why we haven't seen much from him?

Chris Spangenburg 5 years, 3 months ago

He's been battling injuries but apparently coming through them the past couple weeks.

Jeremy D. Morris 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the info, Chris. Hope he's able to come back soon. He's a special talent that could give Willis even more options to throw to.

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 3 months ago

If we can build an OL for next season, Quiv, Sims and the transfer from 'Bama...not to mention some other nice pieces at WR, we should be rolling out the kind of depth at WR that we're used to seeing from teams like Tech and Baylor. This could be fun to watch!

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 3 months ago

I read this and voted no on adding Houston to the Big 12.

Michael Leiker 5 years, 3 months ago

This receiving core is immensely improved all around, you saw it last year and it's just getting better. Definitely a highlight and reason for optimism.

Micky Baker 5 years, 3 months ago

I have to say this, with 2 more seasons after this one plus Gonzales next year and two from the Alabama transfer, we're going to have a legit top 3 receiver corps. Then when we add another 18 to 25 scholarship players maybe two years from now to add depth on defense and some other guys to learn from who will then be veterans, I am more optimistic than I have been in years. Our defense is starting to look pretty good and it's mostly a young group. 2018, we're going bowling.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

The current class has a bunch of WR's also, but we really need some more OL.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 3 months ago

We have a good core of receivers that will be even better when Ben Johnson returns and we have a QB who has shown ability to get the ball to them. Need to find ways to get the ball to Sims and Gonzalez in the open field who are both capable of creating havoc for the opposing defense.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 3 months ago

And please abandon the horizontal passing game. That play has been a bust. Used it 4 times in the first quarter and only produced a gain of 2 yards with a loss of about 5 yards on the last try. That play just seems inherently flawed, takes so long to develop it fools no one. I cringe every time they try it for fear a DB will jump the route for an easy 6.

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