02/17/2014 - Former Kansas University running back James Sims has been here before. Overlooked by those who sent out the invitations to the NFL Combine, which starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 25, Sims finds himself in the familiar position of having to prove himself without any help from anyone else. He did exactly that for four seasons at Kansas, where he heard year after year that someone new, someone better, was heading to campus to take his starting spot in the Jayhawks' backfield. It never happened, of course, and Sims finished his Kansas career as a four-year starter who led the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons and set career-highs each time. The totals left him with the third-highest career rushing total (3,592) in KU history and second all-time in rushing touchdowns (34) and 100-yard games (16).
While those accomplishments forever will be a part of his KU legacy, they mean very little right now, as Sims is focusing his efforts on earning a spot in the NFL. KU coach Charlie Weis said throughout his two seasons with Sims that the 6-foot, 200-pound tailback had all the tools needed to make it in the NFL and play for a long time. "He doesn't have a glaring weakness," Weis said. "I can't see one reason why he wouldn't play on Sunday. I think he's a nice, solid player. I'd want him on my team." Sims' omission from the NFL Combine hardly spells the end of his hopes at a pro career. Although Combine attendance has proven to be a solid indicator of how one will fare in the NFL Draft - May 8-10 - it is not the end-all be-all of one's chances at making an NFL roster. - Matt Tait, KUSports.com
12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: RB James Sims, Kansas, 6-0, 200, Sr., Irving, Texas,...Sims, a senior from Irving, Texas, was the Big 12's leading rusher in conference games with 92.1 yards per contest and finished the 2013 campaign with a league-best 1,110 yards overall. That mark made Sims the first player in Kansas history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
Sims rushed for at least 70 yards in nine of 12 games this season, including a career-best 211 and three touchdowns in KU's win over West Virginia. An AP All-Big 12 Second Teamer last season, Sims closed his Kansas career among the leaders in several categories. Sims' 3,592 rushing yards rank third on KU's all-time charts, his 34 career rushing touchdowns is second, and his surge against the Mountaineers was the 15th-best single-game rushing total by a Kansas player. - Kansas football
12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB James Sims, Kansas, Sr., Irving, Texas/MacArthur...Sims, who was picked as an All-Big 12 First Team selection on Monday by a panel of media, was the Big 12's leading rusher in conference games with 92.1 yards per contest and finished the 2013 campaign with a league-best 1,110 yards overall. That mark made Sims the first player in Kansas history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Sims rushed for at least 70 yards in nine of 12 games this season, including a career-best 211 and three touchdowns in KU's win over West Virginia. - Kansas football
12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): James Sims (Off. PoY)...A senior from Irving, Texas, Sims closed his Kansas career among the leaders in several categories. Sims' 3,592 rushing yards rank third on KU's all-time charts, his 34 career rushing touchdowns is second, and his breakout performance against the Mountaineers was the 15th-best single-game rushing total by a Kansas player. - Kansas football
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: James Sims, Kansas, rushed for 211 yards and three TDs to help the Jayhawks snap a 27-game Big 12 losing streak with a 31-19 victory over West Virginia. - AP Sports
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: James Sims, Kansas, HB, Sr, Irving, Texas...James Sims set a career-high with 211 rushing yards in Kansas' 31-19 win over West Virginia. He logged the most rushing yards by a Kansas player since Reggie Duncan ran for 227 yards against Texas Tech during the 2001 season. The 211 yards was the 15th-best rushing effort in Kansas history and the second most by a Big 12 player in 2013. Sims scored three touchdowns in guiding the Jayhawks to their first Big 12 win in more than three seasons. He now has 34 career rushing touchdowns and is seven away from tying the Kansas all-time record of 41 set by June Henley from 1993-96. - BIG 12 football
11/16/2013 - James Sims rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns and Kansas snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak Saturday with a 31-19 victory over West Virginia. Thousands of fans stormed onto the field embracing players and coaches and eventually tearing down the south goalpost. Sims, who recorded a career-high on 22 carries, broke runs of 62 and 68 yards while Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) ended a Big 12 drought that had lasted more than three years. Winds gusting near 50 MPH kept plastic bags and autumn leaves tumbling across the field as the sparse crowd witnessed Kansas' first conference victory since a come-from-behind win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.
It was just the second Big 12 win in 40 games for the Jayhawks, who had fired two coaches and plunged back into deep mediocrity after winning the 2008 Orange Bowl. West Virginia (4-7, 2-6), which wasn't even a Big 12 member when Kansas notched its previous conference win, took a 7-0 lead on its first possession, a long drive against the wind. But the Mountaineers were unable to generate anything more until two meaningless touchdowns with less than 5 minutes to play. The Jayhawks, who came into the game 117th in the NCAA in total offense and 116th in scoring, rushed for 315 yards against a Mountaineer unit ranked No. 100 in total defense. - AP Sports
09/06/2013 - Scouting the Kansas running game: This was obviously the team's biggest offensive strength a year ago and an attribute that forged toughness within a club otherwise devastated by a losing streak that grew to 21 games within Big 12 play. Three starters must be replaced within the offensive line. Early on that transition could limit the effectiveness of RB James Sims, the Big 12's top rusher last season. Depth exists too with Tony Pierson, Taylor Cox and Brandon Bourbon all veteran backs. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/2013 - GOOD PLAYERS ON NOT SO GOOD TEAMS: 6) James Sims, RB, Kansas. As coach Charlie Weis has so bluntly stated, the Jayhawks were not a good football team last season. Sims was one of the few who can claim he was not to blame for the 1-11 record. He led the Big 12 in rushing at 112 yards per game and scored nine touchdowns. Running back is a position with some quality depth for the Jayhawks this year, so they might not lean so heavily on the 202-pound senior. But they can if needed. - Ralph D. Russo, AP Sports
08/12/2013 - TOP KANSAS PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. RB James Sims (6-0, 202, 4.53)...Despite a three-game suspension (due to a DUI arrest) to begin last year, Sims eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark over nine games, finishing the 2012 season with 1,013 yards on 218 carries with nine touchdowns. He led the conference in rushing yards per game (112.6) and set a school record with six straight 100-yard rushing games. Sims, who Weis has compared to former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, 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.
He lacks elite speed and his vision seems to run hot-and-cold, but he adds value as a receiver and won't put the ball on the ground. Sims has led the Jayhawks in rushing each of the last three seasons and needs just 1,360 yards as a senior to become the school's all-time leading rusher. Entering his final season in Lawrence, Sims is likely a borderline draftable talent with some intriguing tools that will help his NFL chances. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/18/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: James Sims (Sr.), Kansas...A native of Irving, Texas, Sims became just the 11th player in Kansas history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season as he turned in 1,013 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns in 2012 despite missing the first three games of the season. He set a KU record by recording 100 or more yards in six consecutive games.
Sims, who led the Big 12 in rushing and ranked 18th in the NCAA in 2012, recorded a career long rush of 64 yards (vs. Texas), a career-long reception of 51 yards (vs. Oklahoma) and a career-long TD run of 59 yards (vs. Baylor). Additionally, he logged his career-best rushing game with 176 yards vs. Texas. He finished his junior campaign ranked eighth on the Kansas all-time rushing chart with 2,482 yards.
Sims, who hauled in 14 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown, concluded his outstanding 2012 season by finding his name on numerous All-Big 12 teams including picking up first team honors from ESPN.com, Phil Steele Magazine and CBS Sports. He earned second team All-Big 12 honors from the conference office, the Associated Press and the San Antonio Express News. - Kansas football