Dion Sims, TE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 262 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2012 Season
Second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media . . . also an All-Big Ten selection by CollegeFootballNews.com (first team), ESPN.com (second team) and Phil Steele (second team) . . . ranks fourth on the team in catches (33) and third in receiving yards (451) . . . his 33 receptions are tied for fourth most in a single-season by a Spartan tight end . . . has two touchdown receptions . . . 27 of his 33 receptions this season (82 percent) have gone for either a first down or a touchdown.

Has seen action in 11 games (nine starts) . . . recipient of the team's Up Front Award (outstanding offensive lineman) . . . recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season with 102 yards on five catches vs. Northwestern, including a career-long 44-yard reception . . . missed nearly three entire games with an ankle injury: left the Indiana game in the first quarter and did not return; did not play vs. Iowa; saw limited action at No. 23 Michigan . . . recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with six catches for 112 yards, including a 10-yard TD reception, against Eastern Michigan.

Was named the John Mackey Award and College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week . . . hauled in six catches for 52 yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . had three catches for 48 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, at Central Michigan . . . had seven receptions for 65 yards against No. 24 Boise State.

2011 Season
Saw action in all 14 games, but played the second half of the season with a broken hand . . . tied for third on the team with three touchdown receptions . . . ranked sixth on the team with 12 catches for 99 yards (8.2 avg.) . . . nine of his 12 catches (75 percent) resulted in either a first down or touchdown . . . had two catches for 12 yards in win over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . recorded two catches for 15 yards against Central Michigan, including a 3-yard TD pass from Andrew Maxwell . . . had three catches for 38 yards, including a 6-yard TD reception, at Notre Dame . . . hauled in a career-high four receptions for 27 yards vs. Florida Atlantic, including a 1-yard TD from Kirk Cousins . . . made his first career start in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State.
2010 Season
2009 Season
Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by the Sporting News and Rivals.com . . . appeared in all 13 games at tight end as a true freshman . . . recorded 11 receptions for 133 yards (12.1 avg.) and three TDs . . . caught two passes, including a 7-yard TD from Keith Nichol, vs. Western Michigan . . . hauled in an 11-yard TD grab in the back, right corner of the end zone at Minnesota as time expired in the third quarter . . . recorded season highs in receptions (three) and receiving yards (59) at Wisconsin, including a 35-yard catch in the third quarter . . . caught two passes for 32 yards, including a 26-yard TD grab, in his collegiate debut vs. Montana State . . . played a season-high 30 snaps against the Bobcats.
High School
Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . listed among the nation's top 100 prospects by PrepStar (No. 54) . . . ranked among the country's top tight ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 5) and Scout.com (No. 29) . . . also rated among the nation's top pass-catching tight ends by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 20) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 10) and SuperPrep (No. 24). . . ranked among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 4), Detroit Free Press (No. 5) and Rivals.com (No. 8) .

Played for Coach George Porritt at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's . . . suffered a knee injury in the 2008 season opener and missed the next seven games . . . played in only two games as a senior and had four catches for 86 yards (21.5 avg.) and one touchdown . . . earned first-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team All-Oakland County honors in 2007 . . . named first-team All-North as a linebacker by The Detroit News . . . also selected second-team all-metro as a linebacker . . . led the Eaglets in receptions as a junior with 29 for 604 yards (20.8 avg.) and three TDs . . . 11 of his 29 catches resulted in gains of 20 or more yards . . . recorded 39.5 tackles in 2007, with seven resulting in losses including 2.5 sacks . . . caught six passes for 64 yards vs. East Grand Rapids . . . produced a season-high 7.5 tackles vs. Renaissance, with 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage including 1.5 sacks . . . had five catches for 83 yards vs. Detroit Catholic Central . . . caught two passes for 121 yards vs. Divine Child . . . returned a fumble 28 yards for a score vs. Toledo St. Francis .

Named to the Associated Press Class A All-State Team (first team/10-man roster) after averaging 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior . . . second-team all-state selection by the Detroit Free Press in 2008-09 . . . finished fourth in the voting for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award as a senior .

Injury Report
2012: He sat out entire Iowa game and played only nine snaps at Michigan after suffering an ankle injury early in the first quarter of MSU's Oct. 6 game at Indiana.

"You look at his career, Year 1 he plays sparingly," offensive coordinator Dan Roushar said in August, 2012. "Year 2 he's away from the football team. Year 3 we've got an optimistic look on his season and he develops a number of injuries. It started in his lower body, moved to his neck and shoulder area, then to the thumb. Some of those things you have to learn to play through and fight.

2011: Limited by a wrist hand, and went the final seven games without a reception.

2008: Missed seven games as a high school senior due to a knee injury.

Son of Donald Sims and Classie Massey . . . born Feb. 18, 1991 . . . majoring in sociology.
Latest News
03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan State on Wednesday, where nine players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Dion Sims, TE (6-4 7/8, 262) - Sims ran a 4.82-second short shuttle and a 7.07-second three-cone drill. He also did 26 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked good running routes and catching the ball. Sims has lost a lot of weight (around 40 pounds since the end of the 2011 season), and emerged as potentially the best blocking tight end in this draft class. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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