July 9, 2012
HOUSTON - Houston Cougar junior running back Charles Sims was named to the 2012 Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday. The trophy has been presented annually, since 1937, to the nation's most outstanding collegiate football player.
Sims put together a strong freshman campaign in 2009, rushing for nearly 700 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 70 receptions for 759 yards and a touchdown through the air. His season performance earned him the Conference USA Freshman of the Year Award, the third straight won by a Houston Cougar.
After sitting out the 2010 season as a redshirt, Sims bounced back in 2011 to have a breakout season. He rushed for 821 yards on just 110 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and found the end zone nine times. Sims also added 575 yards and 4 scores while catching 51 passes in 2011.
Sims numbers in 2011 were enough to earn him First Team All-Conference USA Honors. In his two years as a Cougar, Sims has amassed over 2800 total yards and scored 23 touchdowns.
The Watch List candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
Sims' selection onto the Watch List marks the fourth consecutive year the Cougars have had a player on the list (Case Keenum 2009-2011). Sims was just one of five players from Non-AQ schools to make the list in 2012.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19. The winners of the 2012 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 6. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala, on March 1, 2013.