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Twelve Impact Offensive Players To Watch In The Big 12: Kansas Running Back James Sims

Sims averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2012.


In football you like to have consistency. That's exactly what James Sims has provided to the Kansas Jayhawks over the last three seasons. He's consistently rushed for an average of four yards per carry, or better, in each of the last three seasons and he's consistently scored nine rushing touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. However, when you're the best offensive player on the worst team in the conference its easy for your accomplishments to be overlooked.

Heading into the 2013 season, Charlie Weis is hoping on this being the season that his Jayhawks turn it around. He hit the JUCO ranks pretty hard in an effort to bring in more ready-to-hit-the-field talent and he's going to need it to pay off in a big way. He's also going to need Sims to remain consistent.

Despite not playing in the first three games of 2012, Sims put together his best season as a Jayhawk, including six consecutive weeks of one hundred plus rushing yards. His best performance of the season came when he went for 176 yards (6.3 yards per carry) against Texas. He followed that up the next week with 126 yards (6 yards per carry) against Baylor.

Opposing defenses are going to key on Sims this fall but that's exactly what they did last season as well. Despite the attention, he still managed to put together one of the best seasons for a Big 12 running back. Opponents will remain consistent again this fall in keying on him and there's no doubt in my mind that Sims will remain consistent in proving that he's one of the hidden gems in college football.

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