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Steven Sims already among KU's best 21st-century receivers

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Team Jayhawk wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) gets a shove from Team Jayhawk wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) after Sims' touchdown during the second quarter of the 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium.

Team Jayhawk wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) gets a shove from Team Jayhawk wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) after Sims' touchdown during the second quarter of the 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

In search of a formula to rank statistical performances of wide receivers with one number I arrived at receptions times 10, plus receiving yards, plus touchdowns times 100.

Until coming up with a better term, we’ll call it “productivity rating,” although it probably ought to be called Brisconomics given the remarkable numbers Dezmon Briscoe posted in 2008.

Anyway, the formula calls attention to what a terrific sophomore season Steven Sims enjoyed in 2016, ranking sixth among seasons produced by Kansas receivers in the 21st century.

Sims came out of Richmond High in the Houston area with a two-star rating from Rivals but judging from the way Kansas football coaches talked about him as a prospect it was evident they disagreed with the rating. Sims entertained offers from McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin. Listed at 5-foot-10, 165 pounds in high school, Sims was bypassed by bigger schools looking for bigger receivers. He showed from Day 1 he was worthy of a Big 12 scholarship.

After a promising freshman season, Sims produced Kansas decade highs in receptions (72), receiving yards (859) and touchdown receptions (seven).

The top 21 statistical receiving performances of the 21st century:

Receiver (Year)..........................Rec...Yds............TD....Total

1 - Dezmon Briscoe (08).......... 92.....1,407.........15.....3,827

2 - Dezmon Briscoe (09)...........84......1,337..........9.....3,077

3 - Kerry Meier (08)...................97.....1,045...........8.....2,815

4 - Kerry Meier (09).................102.........985..........8.....2,805

5 - Marcus Henry (07)...............54.....1,014..........10....2,554

6 - Steven Sims (16).................72.........859..........7....2,279

7 - Dexton Fields (07)................63.........834.........6.....2,064

8 - Mark Simmons (03)..............40........769..........7....1,869

9 - Charles Gordon (03)..............57........769..........5....1,839

10 - Brandon Rideau (04)...........51.......597..........7....1,807

11 - Brandon Rideau (03)...........51 ......677..........6....1,787

12-LaQuvionte Gonzalez (16).....62.......729...........3....1,649

13 - Dezmon Briscoe (07) ..........43.......496...........5....1,626

14 - Mark Simmons (05)..............44........631.........4....1,471

15 - Nick Harrwell (14).................44........470.........5....1,410

16 - Dexton Fields (06).................45.......455.........5....1,405

17 - Byron Gassaway (02)............39.......490........5....1,380

18 - Jimmay Mundine* (14)...........45.......584........3...1,334

19 - Mark Simmons (04)...............48.......553........3...1,333

20 - Tre’ Parmalee (15)..................41......599........3...1,309

21 - Johnathan Wilson (08)...........43......573........3...1,303

*Only tight end on list. All others are wide receivers.

Comments

Dale Stringer 3 weeks, 1 day ago

I think you should add 3 points for each yard after catch. This would should who was better at breaking that first tackle and getting more yards. Also, add another 50 points for each touchdown that they catch outside the 15 yard line and then ran in.

Tom Keegan 3 weeks ago

I don't know of a site that tracks YAC in college football, do you? It's tracked in NFL but I haven't seen it in college.

Greg Ledom 3 weeks ago

Serious talent in 07, 08, and 09 with a pretty decent gunslinger delivering the pig. Thinking Dale's suggestion might help Marcus Henry out, who was extremely efficient with his numbers.

Tom Keegan 3 weeks ago

Henry was a great deep threat. Had more drops than a lot of guys on this list though.

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