July 13, 2012
BEAUMONT - Herschel Sims became the third Oklahoma State transfer to commit to Lamar University when the talented running back signed with the Cardinals, announced LU head football coach Ray Woodard on Friday.
Sims, who was the Cowboys' third leading rusher in 2011 with 242 yards, joins wide receiver Kevin Johnson and defensive lineman Joe Okafor as OSU transfers to come to Lamar this summer. Sims will have three seasons of eligibility remaining with Lamar.
"Herschel is coming to Lamar University to further his education and his football career," said Woodard. "We welcome him and want to assist him every way we can. He is now part of our team and will follow the same rules and regulations that we set for every player in our program. We welcome this opportunity."
A native of Abilene, Sims averaged 7.8 yards per rush on 31 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He posted 100-yard rushing games against Baylor (104) and Texas Tech (111), and his 81-yard touchdown run against the Bears was the longest play in the Big 12 Conference last season.
Sims, who scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 1-yard run against Kansas, helped OSU to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 championship and a 41-38 win over Stanford in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Sims was one of the most highly recruited players in the country during his prep career at Abilene High School. The 5-foot-8, 204-pound running back ran for 2,352 yards as a junior and added 709 during an injury-plagued senior campaign.
Rivals.com ranked Sims as the second best all-purpose running back in the nation, the No. 8 player in Texas and the No. 73 overall prospect in the country. Sims was a first-team Associated Press all-state selection as a junior and was tabbed the Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year that season.