2005 (Junior):At Florida State: All-America candidate as one of the top linebackers in the nation...a pre-season All-American and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country by the Sporting News...led by Sims, the Seminoles' group of linebackers is rated as the best in the ACC...a pre-season All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports' Football Annuals...an All-America First-Team selection in 2004 by ESPN.com...earned All- ACC Second-Team honors as a sophomore...played in two bowl games - the 2003 Orange Bowl against Miami and the 2004 Gator Bowl against West Virginia - during the first two years of his career...a starter in the Gator Bowl his sophomore season...has earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice during his career with both selections coming during his sophomore season...earned one ACC Rookie of the Week citation during his freshman season...has played in 25 consecutive games (every game of his career) and started 11 consecutive games entering the 2005 season...is fully recovered from a fractured fibula suffered while making a tackle during spring practice in 2005...earned the Big Otis Award for the defense as voted on by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2005...draws comparisons to Seminole All- American and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer All-Pro Derrick Brooks.
Sophomore Year (2004): Played in all 12 of Florida State's games while starting the final 11 including the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory against West Virginia...earned All-ACC Second-team honors ...finished second on the team with a single-season career-high 86 tackles...also recorded a singe-season career-high nine tackles for lost yardage, 4.5 quarterback sacks, nine quarterback hurries, five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick...career-high 12 tackles and forced fumble came against Florida...led the Seminoles with three games of 10 or more stops with double-digit tackles coming against North Carolina, Duke and Florida...named ACC Defensive Back of the Week in consecutive weeks against Virginia and Wake Forest...had nine tackles, a career-high two sacks and a blocked punt in the 36-3 victory over Virginia...followed that outstanding performance with eight tackles, one tackle for lost yardage, a sack and a pass break-up against Wake Forest...the only player in the ACC to earn the ACC Defensive Back of the Week honor multiple times during the season...recorded at least one tackle for lost yardage in eight of the Seminoles' 12 games with quarterback sacks coming in three different games...averaged 8.4 tackles over the course of the final seven games after averaging 5.4 during the first five games of the season. Freshman Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Seminoles' Orange Bowl appearance against Miami as a true freshman ...one of only five true freshman to see action during the season... finished ninth on the team with 42 tackles...totaled two tackles for lost yardage, two pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble...was also one of the Seminoles' top special teams performers ...season-high 10 tackles against Wake Forest and earned ACC Rookie of the Week for his efforts...recorded nine tackles against Duke and had six at Notre Dame. High School: Graduated from North Florida Christian in 2003 ...the nation's No. 1 high school prospect in 2003...earned All- America honors by Parade Magazine as the top prep linebacker in the nation...USA Today All-USA Second-Team as a linebacker...a five- star player and the No. 1 rated linebacker prospect in the country by Rivals.com...the No. 1 rated player in the Southeast and the No. 1 rated player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com...named to the top 100 in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel...a member of the Super 75 team as selected by the Florida Times Union...named as the No. 1 player in the south and to the All-South Top 20 by the Tampa Tribune ...played as a running back in the annual Cali-Florida All-Star game following his senior season...earned five varsity letters at NFC as he earned varsity spot in eighth grade...led the Eagles to four state championships (1998, 99, 00, 01) during his five year career...an incredible two-way player during his high school career...totaled 133 tackles (73 solo stops), 15 tackles for lost yardage, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal attempt from his linebacker position and ran for 1,081 yards on 115 carries for 23 touchdowns as a running back during his senior season...led NFC to the Class A state championship as he rushed for three touchdowns in the championship game...totaled 180 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and forced seven fumbles as a linebacker and rushed for over 600 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running back during his junior season ...selected Florida State over Miami, Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Southern Cal and Oregon. Personal: Born December 23, 1984...major is environmental studies...father, Ernie Jr., played football at Florida State for head coach Bobby Bowden in 1977, 78, 80 and 81 while his mother, the former Alice Bennett, was an All-American sprinter on the Seminole track team from 1980-83...wears jersey No. 34 which was retired in honor of former Seminole great Ron Sellers...with Sellers' permission, the number was brought out of retirement at the request of the Seminole coaching staff.
Pros: Has a knack for slipping blocks or avoiding them, though is also quite strong for his size and will take them on as well. Has a very good first step and shows a quick burst of speed that allows him to defeat blocking angles early on the down. He pursues sideline to sideline and takes precise angles to the ball with the hitting power to finish the play consistently. Ideally suited for a stack position that protects him and allows him to flow to the ball. As a pass-rusher, he has nice upside with the ability to come on the delay blitz with fine timing and the ability to finish the play with NFL-type explosion. Cons: Some concerns of playing over a tight end regularly and holding up in run support. He lacks bulk and can get bounced around at the point of attack at times, getting easily engulfed by bigger blockers. Numbers: Over his junior and final seasons, he had 66 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, 6 passes defended and two picks. At the Combine, he checked in at just under 6-feet and 231 pounds. He ran a 4.54 with a 41-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump and 25 reps in lifting.
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