Sims, Seider said, has helped that situation a lot with his attitude.
"The best thing about Charles is he didn't come in and try to say, 'Look at me. I'm Charles. I'm the guy,' '' Seider said. "He fit right in. He blended in with the guys.''
Seider knows all about Sims, having seen the good and the bad coaching against Houston while at Marshall. Last year, when Sims was a junior, the versatile running back limped off the field with another of his nagging ankle injuries and MU won 44-41. The year before, though, Sims put on a rather typical all-around performance against Marshall with 75 rushing yards on just seven carries and 40 yards receiving in a 63-28 Houston win.
"I had a chance to watch him when he was healthy at Marshall. He's pretty doggone good,'' Seider said. "And you can see it [now]. He's got a burst that none of the other guys have. Plain and simple he's probably the second- or third-fastest guy on the team tight now. And with his experience and the way he reacts to things, you can't coach that.''
Sims has also played for some winners. In 2011, the Cougars put together a 12-0 regular season before being upset by Southern Miss in the Conference USA title game. They finished 13-1 after beating Penn State in the Cotton Bowl and Sims ran for 821 yards, caught 51 passes for 575 yards and scored 13 times.
Throw in the fact that as a true freshman in 2009 (he was redshirted in 2010) he played for then-UH offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and it's not hard to see how great the fit can be now at West Virginia.
"He has all those qualities, he's played in the system, he knows it already,'' Seider said. "And he has the experience. He knows how to play in big games already. The year they went [13-1] and beat Penn State in a bowl game - he's a highly respected guy for a reason.''
There is, of course, no such thing as too many running backs. West Virginia thought it was well stocked two years ago with Shawn Alston, Vernard Roberts, Trey Johnson, Daquan Hargrett, Garrison and Buie. By season's end Buie and Alston were the only ones either still around or healthy, and that was after they had missed time earlier with injuries.
If, though, everyone stays healthy and ready to produce, don't count on any languishing on the bench. There are spots for some at slot receiver and Holgorsen has even said Sims is versatile enough to play wide receiver. So perhaps the depth at running back will trickle down to added depth elsewhere, as well.
"It's so early in camp you can't say right now. But I'm sure it will,'' Seider said. "You've got a chance for guys who have started games here to be the third, fourth, fifth guy on the [depth chart]. But the good thing about our offense is it allows us to get two or three backs on the field at the same time. And we're in the Big 12. Guys do get banged up. [Depth is] what you want.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.