Dion Sims was the subject of out Gameday package prior to the Eastern Michigan game Saturday and then delivered the best performance of his career.
He was recognized for his performance with a pair of weekly honors. Sims was selected the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission today and also earned recognition as the College Football Performance Awards’ National Tight End of the Week.
Sims had six catches for a career-best 112 yards and a touchdown against Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Sims is having the best season of his career with 22 catches for 277 yards through MSU’s first four games. He is tied with Arizona State’s Chris Coyle for most catches among tight ends in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. He ranks second nationally behind Coyle in receiving yards for a tight end.
Sims is the leading receiver for the Spartans. He has seven more catches and 116 more receiving yards than MSU’s second-leading receiver Keith Mumphery. His two touchdowns this season also lead MSU.
Of Sims’ 22 receptions this season, 82 percent (18) have gone for first downs or touchdowns.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer mentioned spoke of Sims during his weekly press conference Monday.
“They’ve (The Spartans) got a really good tight end. I guess he used to play basketball. I was watching him. Big guy, athletic, can make plays,” Meyer said.
As part of College GameDay’s annual routine, they usually have a guest on hand to pick the games with Lee Corso and the crew. Who would you like to see as the guest picker Saturday? When GameDay was on campus for the Wisconsin game last year, Mateen Cleaves was the guest picker.
And in columnist Graham Couch’s latest piece, he ponders if Mark Dantonio being the only spokesperson for the MSU football program this week is the correct strategy. Couch also had his weekly chat this afternoon if you missed it and want to check it out.
Also making news today is Arkansas AD Jeff Long saying the school is committed to former Spartan coach John L. Smith for the season. In other news, Nebraska AD Tom Osborne is planning to retire in January and then ESPN takes a look at the Big Ten as a whole and the conference’s issues through its poor start.
One of the issues presented with the Big Ten’s struggles is the lack of talent at quarterback, with the conference losing both Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson.