Sophomore Dyshon Sims, who is in line to start the second straight week Saturday at Auburn, is being counted on now and will be in 2016.
“We all know, all of us underclassmen know, we’re going to have to step up,” said the 6-foot-4, 293-pound Sims. “We’ve got a whole bunch of younger guys that have got a lot of great talent. I feel like we’re going to be ready.”
Sims made his first college start Saturday against Kentucky starting at right guard, where he split time with junior Greg Pyke and also playing some at left guard.
“It’s a real blessing finally to get that start,” Sims said. “We’ve been praying on it, hoping for it and working hard.”
Sims only played four games before Kentucky, but said “they’re not just going to throw you in there if they don’t feel you’re ready,” Sims said.
Coach Mark Richt said after Saturday’s game about Sims’ showing against Kentucky: “Dyshon for his first start, the only thing I know one time he got whipped in pass pro and the very next play he battled and did a very good job. …For him to be a part of a unit that rushed for 300 yards, he must have done a very good job as well.”
Sims, who said he also considered Florida State, Clemson and Alabama when he was recruited, didn’t need to let folks back in his hometown of Valdsota know about getting the start after reports early in the week showed he was poised to get the nod.
“I guess it hit the news really fast,” he said. “My people were calling me back home about it.”