"The Sparkplug":Carl Sims

Born and raised in Waco, Texas, true freshman Carl Sims came to Baylor hoping to play both football and basketball. He has accomplished that, and his future as a Baylor Bear looks bright.

Standing 5-10 165, Baylor true freshman Carl Sims has done more in his brief collegiate athletic career than many believed he would do. Sims has played and started on the Baylor football team, and has played on the Baylor basketball team.

There is no denying the work ethic and true natural ability of Sims, a waco native and graduate of Waco High School. At Waco High, he played on both sides of the ball, racking up big numbers at the quarterback position. Additionally, Sims averaged in double figures on the hardwood for his varsity squad.

On the gridiron, the Baylor Bears seemed to have snagged a special player in Sims who lined up at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver this past season. Playing in 10 games, and starting 2, Sims rushed the ball 5 times for 25 yards and had 9 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. His biggest game as a Bear probably came on the road against the Missouri Tigers. Sims recorded 3 catches for 52 yards including a 16 yard touchdown reception.

For Scott Drew, Sims has played a different role. Described by some to be a sparkplug, and by others an instant boost of energy, Sims has played in 6 games in the Bears' abbreviated season. Although averaging only about 3 minutes per game, Sims has done nothing but help his chances for more playing time. He is averaging nearly 3 points a contest, and his best game came against the Sooners in Norman. Sims logged 11 minutes of action, hitting 2-3 three pointers, recorded 2 steals, and brought down 4 rebounds. Sims also dropped in 8 points against the Sooners.

Baylor University gave Sims the opportunity, and he seized it. With spring football practice beginning March 6th, it will be interesting to see just how fast the sparkplug can change from high-tops to cleats.

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