Sims steps up

Before the freshmen arrived, most people were looking out for Derek Morris and Doug Datish, but a few were saying "Keep an eye on Rob Sims." It turns out that Sims has been able to contribute a lot early on, and he has seen his first start already. Dave Biddle talked with him to find out what that was like and more.

Everyone expected it to happen.

A true freshman left tackle would step in and make an immediate impact on Ohio State's offensive line. This man-child would be the cornerstone of the line for the next few seasons.

Everyone expected it to happen, but the name was supposed to be Derek Morris, not Rob Sims.

But as we approach the halfway point of the season, it's the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Sims who has the coaches buzzing. They rave about his quick feet and how fast he picks things up for a freshman.

We caught up with Sims this week, fresh off his first start as a Buckeye. He will probably go back to second-team status for the rest of the year with the return of Ivan Douglas, but fans saw enough of big No. 77 against Indiana to know the future is in good hands at left tackle.

BUCKNUTS: How exciting was it to crack the starting lineup so early in your career?

ROB SIMS: It was real exciting. You know, all week I was running with the ones last week, but I wasn't totally sure if I was going to start for sure. Then right before the game, coach (Jim) Bollman told me I was going to start and it was really exciting. It was definitely a dream come true.

B: Coming into the season, what were you hoping for? Not to get redshirted? Crack the two deep?

RS: I was thinking two-deep, that was my goal. I thought that I had played enough ball in the summer and worked hard enough to maybe get in the two-deep. Then I came in and got in the two-deep pretty much right away.

B: Did you ever imagine you'd start a game this year?

RS: No, I didn't think that was ever going to happen this year. But you never know how things are going to turn out.

B: What positions did you play in high school?

RS: My senior year in high school I played left tackle, defensive end and defensive tackle. I played a little bit of everywhere in high school. I played just about every position on the O-Line at some point.

B: Did you always think you'd end up as a left tackle? What position were you hoping to play at OSU?

RS: I was thinking left guard. I was hoping for left guard and at first I was at left guard. But then I got moved to left tackle and the move has worked out really well for me. They said one of the reasons they moved me was my quickness.

B: The coaches also said you are a quick learner and only have to be told something once. What has made the adjustment from high school to college so easy in your opinion?

RS: It's definitely not easy, but I just always had good coaches and my dad played in the NFL for three years (Browns and Raiders), so I was fortunate to have a good football background growing up. You know, I've been preparing to be a college football player for a long time and now I'm getting my chance.

B: Everyone on the offensive line (with the exception of Mike Stafford) is either a junior or a freshman. How good can this line be by the end of this year and even looking ahead to next year?

RS: I think we can be real good. Everybody on the line gets along and we all work together and kind of help each other out. It's a real tight bond and I think we have the chance to be very good. I can't really speak on next year, since I don't know what's going to happen between now and then, but things are looking good. We have it going this year and with everyone back, we can do some things next year too.

B: Talk about working with coach Bollman. We like to think he is one of the best offensive line coaches in the nation.

RS: You are right about that. He's just a great coach to work with. He's a technician. He really has me working on my hips right now and doing some of the small things. That's what I love about him: He knows the things that are going to make you a better player and knows exactly how to get it across to you. Everyone around here has a lot of respect for coach Bollman.

And we couldn't let Rob go without asking him THE BUCKNUTS 10...

1. Favorite Buckeye tradition?

Pecan rolls on Friday

2. Largest figure in OSU football history?

Archie Griffin

3. Strangest thing an OSU fan asked you to autograph?

A shoe

4. Favorite NFL team?


5. Favorite pro sports team (not including football)?


6. If you could go on a date with anyone, who would it be?

Nia Long

7. If you could go on a free two-week vacation, where would you go?


8. Favorite type of music? Favorite musician?


9. Favorite food?

Chicken wings

10. Favorite hobby?


11. Favorite movie/TV show?

The Program/Comic View

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