Improved Sims Trying to Hang Tough

Pat Sims talks to Inside the Auburn Tigers about his play this season and an injury that he is trying to play through.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's front seven didn't have its best game against Mississippi State, but one of the bright spots was the play of Pat Sims. The junior defensive tackle had four tackles behind the line of scrimmage with a cast on his hand.

"Last Wednesday I broke a bone in my hand or some ligaments, I don't know," Sims says. "I don't really know, but the doctors know. I know I can't really use it. I didn't use my left hand at all the last game. I just went out there and played hard. Hopefully this game it'll be much better where I can use it."

The Bulldogs had decent success running the ball against the Tigers, but this Saturday will be an entirely different flavor for the defensive front. Playing against an offense that throws the ball an average of 50 times per game, the front four will be focused on getting pressure on Aggie quarterback Chase Holbrook.

Sims was without the use of the fingers on his left hand against the Bulldogs. With the use of hands being so important when shedding offensive linemen and getting to the passer, he's hoping to be ready to conribute again when the Tigers face New Mexico State on Saturday evening.

"I might not wear a club this game," he notes. "I might go out there like I normally go out there, depending on how the circumstances go. It's sensitive right now, but before the game starts I'll be good and I'll be able to use my hands."

Sims played his best game of the 2006 season in the Cotton Bowl and has continued to play well in 2007.

Sims has 10 tackles through three games and a team-leading 5 1/2 tackles for loss. He wasn't as much of a factor in the first two games as he was in the last,, but the effort has been better for the big D-tackle.

"I knew it was going to be a different deal because I had a different attitude about the whole situation," he says of his junior season. "I had to learn to become a leader and help other people like they did for me. I just went out there and showed people what I could do and showed that I could have consistency."

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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