"I know he's been nicked up a little bit here the last couple of years,'' said Holgorsen. "I didn't promise him anything. He knows what I'm all about. He knows how I coach. He knows what our offense is about. And we need some playmakers on offense after losing, I think, 90 percent of our production last year or whatever that crazy number is.
"He knew he'd be able to come in and fit in and get an opportunity to play in the Big 12. That was his motive. He loves the University of Houston. He got his degree from there. He'll be a Cougar for life. But he wanted to be able to play in the Big 12 to be able to increase his draft stock. We'll put him in position to be able to get that done.''
Just how Sims fits into the mix, though, remains to be seen. He figures to be the most well-rounded of the backs, which means Holgorsen can move him around. When asked this week if Sims might be able to play as a slot receiver sometimes, Holgorsen went a step further.
"Oh, he can play wide receiver,'' Holgorsen said.
And that's a terrific tool to have. Holgorsen loves sending players on the field that defensive coordinators can't identify as far as position. He can now send Sims on the field to play in the backfield, at slot receiver or wide receiver and Cody Clay to play fullback, tight end or slot receiver. Just with those two on the field and perhaps one of the other backs, the Mountaineers could line up in anything from an empty-backfield, five-receiver set to a full-house backfield.
"In talks with defensive coordinators, that's what they hate most,'' Holgorsen said. "They don't know.''
Even without the element of disguise, though, Holgorsen likes what he has in the backfield, which is no surprise.
"I do feel good about where we're at running back-wise,'' he said. "When you look at Dreamius Smith, one of the more sought-after running backs in the [junior college] ranks last year, he was with us in spring practice. We talked about Charles. Dustin Garrison was a full-time starter as a true freshman and Andrew Buie was a guy that had 200 yards against Texas last year. So we've got capable guys, as deep there as we've ever been, that's for certain.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.