All-Conference RB Charles Sims leaves Houston
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ouston running back Charles Sims has decided to leave the team.
Sims battled ankle and leg injuries throughout last season. Despite missing three games, he was a second team All-Conference USA selection in 2012. He led the Cougars with 851 rushing yards on 142 attempts and scored 11 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
NFLDraftScout.com rates Sims the fifth-best running back in the 2013 draft class. He considered leaving for the NFL this year, but decided to return for his senior season and was expected to be fully healthy in 2013.
Since rumblings of Sims’ decision to leave Houston began to surface on Wednesday, there has been speculation that he may enter the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft this summer. A source close to the situation says that he intends to transfer, most likely to Texas Tech, however.
Though no decision has been announced yet, Sims graduated from UH last weekend with a degree in health and would be eligible immediately.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Sims was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2009 after accumulating 1,457 total yards and averaging over five yards per carry.
Sims sat out the 2010 campaign due to an academic issue and was later granted a redshirt. He returned in 2011 for what would be his best season with the Cougars. He averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per carry, totaling 1,409 yards despite splitting time seniors in Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes.
In three seasons at Houston, Sims rushed 384 times for 2,370 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns. He caught 158 passes for 1,707 yards and eight scores.
“We congratulate Charles on receiving his degree last week and becoming a Cougar for life,” UH coach Tony Levine said in the statement. “He has been a leader for our program both on and off the field with a number of accomplishments.”
UPDATE: Sims released the statement via the website CougarsDen.com that he is undecided on his future plans:
It is with regret and deep humbling, that I am ending my playing career at the University of Houston. I have a lot of great memories that I will carry with me forever. I want to thank the University of Houston for allowing the opportunity to be a part of its football program.
I have worked extremely hard while I have been here at U of H and made every attempt to carry myself in a manner that would reflect the utmost integrity upon the school and this program.
I don’t know what my next step will be. I have one more year of eligibility, therefore I may look to play (1) more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft later this year.
My family and I will continue to discuss my options and we will make a decision in the near future.”
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