Sims Named to Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Watch List
July 20, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston junior running back Charles Sims continues to add preseason accolades, earning a spot on the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Watch List with 50 of the nation's top student-athletes.
Sims was recently named to the 2012 Maxwell Award Watch List, presented annually 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 2,800 total yards and scored 23 touchdowns.
Houston football is no stranger to the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as former record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum was a two-time Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award finalist.
ABOUT THE WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL FOUNDATION PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Walter Camp was a Yale University athlete and later a football coach and is considered "The Father of American Football." The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Running back Charles Sims led the Cougars in 2011 with 821 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. The electrifying junior also was a receiving threat out of the backfield, hauling in 51 catches for 575 yards and four scores to rank fourth on the team.
Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mathews finished second among the Cougars with 106 tackles during his first collegiate season, while senior linebacker Phillip Steward led the team with six interceptions and added 77 tackles.
After sitting out as a redshirt a year ago, sophomore quarterback David Piland will take the reins from NCAA record-setting signal-caller Case Keenum. Starting most of the 2010 season, Piland threw for 2,641 yards and 14 touchdowns on 201-of-345 passing during his true freshman season.
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