November 9, 2008

Sims wraps up huge week with big win

Blake Sims had a heck of a week.

The junior quarterback from Gainesville, Ga., finished off a perfect regular season by rushing for 99 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-13 win over Flowery Branch Friday night.

Earlier in the week, Sims picked up his second Southeastern Conference scholarship offer when Ole Miss officially joined Arkansas in the early race for one of the Peach State's most talented athletes.

"(The offers) have motivated me in a lot of ways," Sims said. "I'm trying to be the first in my family (out of eight siblings, including five older than him) to go to college."

The 6-foot, 168-pound Sims has 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, prompting several schools to evaluate him as an athlete who could end up as a wide receiver or a defensive back. Sims, however, insists that he's a dual-threat quarterback who wants to spend the remainder of his high school career under center and go to a college that will give him an opportunity to do the same. Entering the game against Flowery Branch, Sims had rolled up 665 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on 70 attempts, while adding another 1,575 and 15 touchdowns passing.

"I just need to learn to pick up coverages better and read defenses," Sims said.

As for his college choice, Sims said his plans calls for him to let the process "come easy. I just want to take it as it up comes, keep my grades up and make sure that I can go to college."

As for Ole Miss, Sims said he's heard nothing but good things from former Gainesville two-way star Kendrick Lewis, who has had a stellar sophomore season as Ole Miss' starting free safety.

"I want to talk to the coaches (at Ole Miss) to see what they've got," Sims said.

Sims said he hopes to eventually land an offer from Florida. If the Gators come through, they'll be difficult to beat.

"I talk to the coaches there all the time," Sims said.

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