Hawktrax - James Sims

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James Sims still looking for shot in NFL

Former Kansas University running back James Sims is still looking for his shot in the NFL. In early May, Sims, KU’s third leading rusher of all time, went undrafted but was picked up as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in the hours immediately following the draft. One problem: Sims’ deal with the Packers was for a weekend tryout only and did not come with any financial compensation or guarantee. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: James Sims should be remembered out of forgettable senior class

Just one player from this Kansas University senior class will be remembered for a long time by the average football fan. Running back James Sims finished his KU career in disappointing fashion Saturday, but a case could be made for ranking him in the top half-dozen rushers in KU history. Column by Tom Keegan

KU running back Sims confident, motivated as senior

As a freshman, Kansas University running back James Sims didn't want to do interviews. Now a senior, Sims comfortably sat at an elevated table answering questions for two hours during Monday’s Big 12 media days and said he's come a long way both on and off the field. By Jesse Newell

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Football notebook: Jayhawks land on early preseason lists

The arrival of June often marks the beginning of the prediction season for the upcoming college football campaign, and the first batch of predictions regarding the Big 12 Conference are now out. Notes by Matt Tait

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Opinion: Dismal KU football season featured players and plays to celebrate

Journal-World beat writer Matt Tait looks back on the players and moments to remember from the 2012 Kansas University football season.

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Four KU football players earn second-team All-Big 12 honors

The Kansas University football team won just one game all season and saw its Big 12 losing streak grow to 21 games in 2012, but the league's coaches and media members who cover the conference saw enough to name four Jayhawks to the second-team All-Big 12 postseason squad.

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KU running back James Sims says NFL can wait

During a disappointing 2012 season, Kansas University junior James Sims became the 11th Jayhawk all-time to rush for 1,000 yards or more in a single season and established himself as one of the top backs in the Big 12. While a playing future beyond college football now looks likely for the junior from Irving, Texas, Sims says he's not considering a jump to the NFL just yet. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: James Sims cracks 1,000 rushing yards ... in nine games

When Kansas University junior James Sims was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after a DUI arrest this summer, many wondered if KU's leading rusher from the previous two seasons would lose his featured spot in the Jayhawks' backfield.

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RBs Sims, Pierson provide KU football with dynamic 1-2 punch

They don't have a flashy nickname just yet, but KU running backs James Sims and Tony Pierson have emerged as KU's version of "Thunder and Lightning." By Matt Tait

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James Sims quietly becoming one of KU's best

Saturday’s career game from running back James Sims did nothing to change the all-too-familiar outcome for the 1-7 Kansas University football team. Despite getting 176 yards from their top offensive weapon and leading visiting Texas for most of the second half, the Jayhawks dropped their seventh straight game of the season and lost for the 17th time in a row in Big 12 play. By Matt Tait

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All eyes on James Sims: Kansas RB making up for lost time

Many players in James Sims’ position would have entered the 2012 season on cruise control, ready to reap the benefits of leading the Kansas University football team in rushing as a freshman and sophomore, eager to soak up the special treatment that comes with being one of the team’s top players. Not Sims. By Matt Tait.

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Column: James Sims leading when Jayhawks need it most

A football team with an uncertain quarterback situation is a team in need of a leader. Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis shared Tuesday an anecdote that revealed which one of his players has filled that void.

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Column: QB switch affects RB James Sims, too

The lights were turned up at a factory in 1924, and productivity increased. After a while, the lights were dimmed, and productivity increased again. It’s known as the Hawthorne effect. Part of what happened when Charlie Weis replaced immobile senior quarterback Dayne Crist with the more elusive red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings in the third quarter of Saturday’s lightning-interrupted football game could be attributed to the way the quarterbacks handle pressure from the defense.

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Notebook: James Sims solid in return

RB goes for 91 yards in setback

Kansas University’s football team welcomed junior James Sims back to the huddle Saturday, and his return could not have come at a better time.

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A welcome back: Jayhawks excited for James Sims' return from suspension

When the Kansas University coaching staff first started game-planning for this week’s Northern Illinois match-up, they did so with the knowledge that they would be getting one of their top offensive weapons back in suspended running back James Sims.