Sims Earns U.S. Army All-American Status

Tuesday was a big day for Abilene High School standout running backs, defending state champion team member, and Oklahoma State 2011 recruiting commit Herschel Sims as he was formally announced at a news conference as one of the newest selections to the 11th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl that will be played Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be televised by NBC Sports.

"It means a lot," Sims told the Abilene Reporter-News of his selection. "I really can't put it into words. I'm just overwhelmed and honored. I'm blessed. God's given me a talent that most kids don't have. I just thank him for that. I have to thank everyone — the fan base, my team, the coaches — for all the support. They've made me the person I am today, and it's showing up."

As always, Abilene Eagles head coach Steve Warren was extremely proud of Sims and another in the long list of accomplishments that Sims has had in his high school career, the best of which was helping the Eagles to a 5A state championship last season.

"Everything that this bowl embodies are the things he's really great at," said Warren in an interview with the Abilene Reporter-News. "I'm thrilled for him to get picked. There'll be 90 of the best players in the country playing in that game. He'll get to represent our school and his teammates."

As a junior during the title campaign, Sims set school record for yards rushing (2,352) and total touchdowns (40) in leading the Eagles to the Class 5A Division II state championship.

So far during his senior season Sims has been slowed by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss one game. In four games, he has rushed for 298 yards and two TDs and caught seven passes for 85 yards and a score.

In 30 career games, he has rushed for 3,274 yards, ranking third on the Abilene career list, and scored 63 total touchdowns, just five off the record of 68 set by Kobe Lewis in 2003-04. Sims' 378 points scored is 38 behind the 416 recorded by Glynn Gregory in 1954-56.

It is ironic that Sims will play in the Army All-American game in the same stadium where Abilene defeated Katy in the championship game during the 2009 season. It is a place of pleasant memories for Sims.

"That was the best," he said to the local newspaper. "That's something I'll always remember. Now I'll have another memory I can tell my kids later down the road. I'm very familiar with that field. There's some great feelings."

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