"It is a step up,'' he admitted.
Does that mean his goal is to prove himself on another level?
"Yeah,'' he said. "You could say that.''
But he doesn't.
That is, however, the theme that he does repeat - proving himself. He doesn't talk about it much, but he does mention it frequently. As to what it is he feels he has to prove, Sims just smiles a bit and hesitates a lot.
"Let's see how I can answer that,'' he said, almost to himself
One of the few things Sims will discuss in more than one sentence is how he ended up at West Virginia, but then that's pretty much already known. When he was recruited to Houston originally in 2009, Dana Holgorsen was the Cougars' offensive coordinator. Holgorsen had actually begun recruiting Sims to Texas Tech before moving to Houston. Sims said he didn't necessarily wind up at Houston because of Holgorsen on a personal level as a recruiter, but because he liked the offense.
And that's why, when he decided to play his final season elsewhere, the offense again played a part in his decision.
"That played a big part. I was familiar with the offense,'' he said. "I've basically been running the offense since my freshman year. It's just different terminology you have to learn.''
Now that he's here, Sims answers questions about his goals just as all college players are taught to answer them.
"I just want to make plays,'' Sims said. "I just want to be put in position to make plays and help the team out.''
And the proving something part?
"I just have to prove things to myself,'' he said. "There are just some things I can improve on.''
What those are he will apparently keep to himself.
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