Dion Sims picks up honors, Arkansas committed to John L. Smith

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.

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43 Responses to Dion Sims picks up honors, Arkansas committed to John L. Smith

  1. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    I dunno, I’m thinkng that Jeff Long should be committed…

    Congrats to Sims! Now let’s have some of his mojo rub off on the the wideouts.

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Congrats to Simms, he will play on Sundays down the road, bank on it.

  3. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    So the line of MSU giving OSU 3 is unbelievable to me. I thought we would a touchdown underdog. Miller is certainly out playing Maxwell thus far in the season. I would assume that Vegas loves our defense….alot.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      The Acorn QB has done his damage against very poor teams. Vagas has learned that QB’s of this ilk do NOT fare very well against Dantonio/Narduzzi coached teams.

  4. avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

    Can’t go wrong with Izzo or Magic for gameday. I am sure they have done if before though…

  5. avatar TJ says:

    Coach D-How about putting Dion Sims at WR and creating a significant match up problem and getting another TE involved? Would be a possession type offense and keep the ball away from Braxton…What the he.. do I know-just want to kick some Acorn behind !

  6. avatar 73Sparty says:

    My vote for guest picker would be Day-Day. Great personality and bound to be entertaining as well.

  7. avatar Sparty Frosty says:

    Guest Picker- How about Scotty Skiles?! I like the Day-Day selection too. I’d like to suggest putting Nick Hill or Caper in the slot for a different look that will loosen up the defense on Bell and Sims. Caper has good hands, Hill has great quickness/speed…he just needs to hold on to the ball!

  8. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    SILA, where are you this weekend?

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      Cant you get Poncho to move up midnight madness a couple of weeks?
      If anyone deserve an airline ticket on his desk, it is Delvon. Delvon could use the props for his acting career. The drops are occurring because some cats are trying to run without the ball.

  9. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    This is worth a re-post:

    While the drop methodology is suspect, it makes a case that a little improvement will go a long way even using conservative assumptions.

    Also [1] Caper’s ypt are only 1/5th of what they were last September (!), and [2] the opposing defenses have been better in 2012; a 7.9 ypa rate for Maxwell wasn’t realistic, imo.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      good stats and they suggest that MSU’s scheme on offense is not the problem.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Only those looking for some one ELSE to blame thinks that, bottom line for receivers is create separation and catch the ball for the D and O lines hit somebody hard.

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Interesting that Howard blames the parents of the students for their vitriolic attitude towards him. News for you Howard, they act that way towards you because YOU are a completely arrogant narcissistic blow hard (and both my parents are dead)

  11. avatar The Tanner says:

    Simmons get accolade baby !!!

    John L. get affirmation baby !!!

    Coach D go quiet baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the good baby !!!

  12. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:


    Got to disagree with your analysis that Miller has gotten better, he hasn’t played against anybody – Cal is not equal to Boise and are 1-3 with a loss to Nevada.

    • avatar Brian Calloway says:

      Yes, he hasn’t played anybody like Notre Dame but I was pointing out in the article that a teammate, his coach and Dantonio have seen a much improved player in Miller this year from the guy that struggled against MSU in his second career start last season. There were a few comments and things that got cut out the story that were playing off that, such as Stoneburner and Urban talking about his increased confidence, leadership and growth as a passer. And he’s pretty much been their offense this season and the person that’s rescued them in a few games this season. Obviously the MSU defense will be his toughest test of the season, but he’s better than he was a year ago when he faced the Spartans.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        All the good words, but he’s still running all over DII talent like dreadlocks does (thanks for the support MOD & ’81). Yes, his passing numbers are up, but again against DII talent. Even with the drops, Agent 86 looks much better against CMU and EMU. Dreadlocks was so exposed against The Elephants and Fighting Cockroaches because they are legit DI Defenses. It’s apples and oranges to compare what the Acorn QB has done this year to what he did last year against us. It’s like saying Paris Hilton is prettier than Kim Kardasian, neither has a lick of talent, so, so what?

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      yep we hear the same thing about velcro every year, blah blah, although I would take miller over him in a heartbeat

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Similar to Dreadlocks, with less mistakes.

  13. avatar buddy james says:

    MFIM and his equipment manager strikes again.
    Michigan State women’s basketball players Kiana Johnson and Akyah Taylor will be suspended for the first nine games of the season for the receipt of extra benefits.

  14. avatar USMCSpartanRet says:

    After six years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Football team of Mark Dantonio Has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources of Urban Meyer/
    I need not tell the brave survivors of so many hard fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them; but feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that would compensate for the loss that would have attended the continuance of the contest against Urban Meyer. I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their fan base.
    By the terms of the Agreement fans of the Spartans can return to their homes and remain there until exchanged for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in late December.

    You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a Merciful Urban Meyer will extend to you his courtesy in not running up the score.

    With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your University and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Goose poop by the GoodHumor Salesman and known coward, Desmond Howard. (geez, you’d think he’d know as a communication major, that posting on a dead thread is totally lame, but then we are talking about AAJC)

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      won’t even read the post cause it’s desmond, or dhani, both idiots

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