James Sims has been the spark plug for a terrible Kansas team this season.
Sims has rushed for 748 yards on 150 carries and has six rushing touchdowns. He missed Kansas’ first three games against South Dakota State, Rice, and TCU due to an injury.
Since his first game against Northern Illinois, Sims has looked like he hasn’t missed a beat.
During his last five games, Sims has hit the century mark in rushing yards. His best games came against Oklahoma State (138 yards and one touchdown) and Texas (176 yards) while his “worst” game came against Northern Illinois (91 yards and two touchdowns).
The Through the Phog staff asks the question, should James Sims receive more national attention and does Kansas’ record have anything to do with this?
George: Sims is the best player on the team. He is putting up great numbers and does deserve more attention, but with Kansas losing game after game, this isn’t going to happen.
Ricky: I do believe James Sims should receive more national attention, but is not because of Kansas’ 1-8 record this season. I compare this to the likes of Kenjon Barner of Oregon. Barner has also rushed for at least 100-yards in his last five games (including 321 yards against the USC Trojans).
However, the Ducks are successful and winning while the Jayhawks are unsuccessful and losing. If Kansas was 8-1 and not 1-8, then Sims would receive the attention he deserves.
(Disclaimer: I am not saying James Sims is better than Kenjon Barner.)
Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. We are always welcoming of comments that you might have on the topics covered each week. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.