2017 NFL Draft

James Sims, RB

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Irving, TX
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2013 Season
Earned All-Big 12 First Team honors from the Associated Press, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and the Waco Tribune-Herald... Named All-Big 12 Second Team by the conference coaches, Phil Steele Magazine and the San Antonio Express-News... Earned KU's John Hadl Award as the team's Offensive Player of the Year... Played in all 12 games, starting 10, at running back... Finished the 2013 season ranked second in the Big 12 with 1,110 rushing yards... Averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored seven rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks... First player in KU history to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons... Also led Kansas in receiving with a career-best 25 receptions... Recorded 166 receiving yards, with a long reception of 30 yards... Recorded four 100-yard rushing games and one 200-yard rushing game... Opened his senior campaign with 94 yards on 16 carries vs. South Dakota... Scored two rushing touchdowns, moving him into second place on the KU all-time rushing TD chart with 29... Also recorded one reception for six yards... Recorded his 12th 100-yard rushing game at Rice with 109 yards on 19 carries... Had three catches for 14 yards against the Owls... Had 78 yards rushing on 20 carries in the win over LA Tech.Also tallied two receptions for 24 yards... Tallied 28 yards on nine carries vs. Texas Tech... Carried the ball 23 times for 81 yards at TCU... Also hauled in five passes for 40 yards, including a season-long reception of 30 yards... Recorded a season-high 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries vs. Oklahoma... Had 70 yards on 19 carries vs. Baylor... Tied his career-best with five receptions for 51 yards, while also picking up 48 yards rushing on 15 carries at Texas... Carried the ball 21 times for 66 yards at Oklahoma State... Also had three receptions for 13 yards vs. the Cowboys... Named Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 18)... Had a career day in the win over West Virginia going for 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.... Amongst his 211 yards on the day were runs of 68 (career long) and 62... Carried the ball 21 times for 114 yards at Iowa State... Also caught three passes for 17 yards at ISU... Tallied 82 yards on the ground on 22 attempts against Kansas State.
2012 Season
Named First Team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com, CBS Sports and Phil Steele Magazine... Selected All-Big 12 Second Team by the league's coaches, The Associated Press and the San Antonio Express News... Rushed for 1,013 yards on 218 carries and a team-best nine touchdowns... Became first Jayhawk to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a season since Jon Cornish in 2006... Just the 11th Jayhawk all-time to rush for 1,000 yards... Also added 168 yards and a touchdown on 14 receptions... Finished tied for first in the Big 12 in rushing yards per game (112.6) and ranked fifth in all-purpose yards per game (131.2)... Was the top rusher in the Big 12 in rushing in conference games with 115.2 yards per game... Started nine games at halfback... Rushed for 100-plus yards in six-straight games, setting a Kansas record... Missed first three games of the season... Gained 91 yards and rushed for two touchdowns on 18 carries in season debut at Northern Illinois... Also added 24 yards receiving on two catches against the Huskies.Rushed for 115 yards on 28 carries with a 26-yard touchdown run at Kansas State... Gained 138 yards on 27 carries with a 28-yard touchdown against Oklahoma State... Also added three catches for 42 yards against OSU... His 180 all-purpose yards vs. the Cowboys were a career high... Rushed for 102 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown and grabbed two passes for 56 yards at Oklahoma... Career-long 51-yard reception came against the Sooners... Ran for a career-best 176 yards on 28 carries, including a career-long run of 64 yards, against Texas... Rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown at Baylor... His 58-yard touchdown run against the Bears was the second-longest of his career... Totaled 127 rushing yards on a career-high 30 carries at Texas Tech... Scored three touchdowns against the Red Raiders (two rushing, one receiving)... Gained 81 yards rushing on 20 carries against Iowa State... Ranks fourth in school history in rushing attempts (568), eighth in rushing yards (2,482) and third in rushing touchdowns (27)... His 11 100-yard games are tied with Gale Sayers for fifth-most in team history.
2011 Season
Started all 12 games... Recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances to start the year... Had 26 carries for 110 yards against Northern Illinois... Also had a 39-yard reception against NIU... Tallied 104 yards on 19 carries against McNeese State... Finished with 85 yards on 24 rushes against Texas Tech... Scored sixth rushing touchdown on a career-long run of 56 yards against Oklahoma... Gained 75 yards on 11 attempts against the Sooners... Rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries at Iowa State... Galloped for 64 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against Baylor... Rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries at Texas A&M... His 88 yards were his high in a Big 12 game in 2011... Scored team-best ninth touchdown against the Aggies... Carried the ball 15 times for 35 yards, while reeling in two catches, which produced nine yards versus Missouri... Jayhawks are undefeated when he has rushed for 100 yards or more.
2010 Season
Played in 11 games after not seeing action in the season opener... Started four games (Southern Mississippi, Baylor, Kansas State and Missouri)... Led the team in rushing with 742 yards on 168 carries... Also led the team with 10 touchdowns, including nine rushing... His 742 yards were the fourth most by a Jayhawk freshman in school history and were eighth among NCAA freshmen in 2010... Tied school records with four touchdowns and 24 points against Colorado... Recorded three 100-yard rushing games, which tied for the second-most by a freshman in school history... Ran 17 times for 101 yards and one touchdown in his college debut against No. 15 Georgia Tech... Two games later ran 16 times for 115 yards and two scores against New Mexico State... Posted season-best 123 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries against Colorado... Closed the season with 78 yards against Oklahoma State and 82 yards against Missouri... Had six rushes of 20 or more yards... Tied for third on the team with 19 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown.
High School
Was the District Offensive Player of the Year his senior season... Named a Texas Top 100 Recruit by several publications... As a senior he rushed 258 times for 1,762 yards and 20 touchdowns... Also caught 12 passes for 96 yards and another score... His junior season he rushed 206 times for 1,149 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 21 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns... Was named the district offensive sophomore of the year in 2007.
Son of Mary Sims... Majoring in American studies.

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