April 1, 2012
Houston, Texas - Houston Cougar fans who attended last night's scrimmage likely noticed several running backs getting extended opportunities, and after evaluating Saturday's scrimmage Head Coach Tony Levine announced that junior Charles Sims has been permanently moved to cornerback, in an effort to maximize Sims' size and athletic ability.
According to Sims the move has been in the works since the start of spring practice and was initiated by the 6-foot, 206-pound junior after observing the March 19 Pro Day on the Houston campus.
"It's something I have been thinking about for awhile and I feel like big corners are a commodity in college football," Sims said. "Coach Levine said he wanted a big, physical defense, so when I approached him about it last week, he was all for it."
Sims was a First Team All-Conference USA running back in 2011 and ranked No. 3 nationally with 7.5 yards per carry. In 2009 Sims was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year after rushing for 698 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I don't want to say it was a surprise to us, because Charles has that mentality to do whatever he can to help our team," Head Coach Tony Levine said. "People talk a lot about our move to the 4-3 defense, but having an athlete like Charles in our defensive backfield will allow us to get creative, including running a new 3-1-7 scheme that Coach (Jamie) Bryant has been working on."
"I like guys that are interchangeable and can make an impact all over the field." Levine continued. "These moves are making our team better and I have been pleased with their development early this spring."
The Cougars return to the practice field on Monday at 4:30 p.m. for their eighth practice of the spring. Stay tuned to UHCougars.com for continuing coverage of Houston Football.
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