May 3, 2006

Younger Sims looking to make his own mark

When he signed with Florida State in February, North Florida Christian's Marcus Sims made it perfectly clear that he had no intentions of redshirting. At the time, that seemed like a questionable decision. The 'Noles already had five quality tailbacks on the roster before the Rivals100 member ever signed on the dotted line. Getting playing time in his first year under those circumstances would be beyond difficult.

But a lot has changed at the running back position the past few months.

When Sims steps foot on campus for the first time as a Seminole this summer there will be only three healthy scholarship tailbacks on the roster. Sophomore Lamar Lewis decided to transfer to Georgia Southern and freshman Russell Ball tore his ACL at the tail-end of last month's spring game. That leaves just senior Lorenzo Booker, and sophomores Antone Smith and Jamaal Edwards to carry the load this season.

The sudden change at the tailback position means that Sims now has a legitimate shot to get a few carries in his freshman season.

"Not trying to be mean because Russell Ball is a great guy and Lamar Lewis, I know him and we are pretty cool, but I guess everything happens for a reason," Sims told "Stuff just happened and a door has opened for me."

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