Kansas standout running back JamesSims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 NFLPA CollegiateBowl on Saturday, Jan. 18. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. (CT), from theStubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Sims, who will suit up for the National team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, wasthe Big 12's leading rusher in conference games with 92.1 yards per contest andfinished the 2013 campaign ranked second in the league with 1,110 yardsoverall. That mark made Sims the first player in Kansas history to rush formore than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Sims rushed for at least 70 yardsin nine of 12 games this season, including a career-best 211 and threetouchdowns in KU's win over West Virginia.
A two-time All-Big 12 performer and a native of Irving, Texas, Sims closed hisKansas career among the leaders in several categories. Sims' 3,592 rushingyards rank third on KU's all-time charts, his 34 career rushing touchdowns issecond, and his breakout performance against the Mountaineers was the 15th-bestsingle-game rushing total by a Kansas player.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also airlive broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, January 15 (9 a.m.-11 a.m.; 12-2p.m. CT) and Thursday, January 16 (9 a.m.-11 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m. CT).
Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity tonetwork with and learn from current and former NFL players. Under the guidanceof National Team Head Coach Dick Vermeil and American Team Head Coach DennyGreen, pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game'sfuture stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and offof the field.
Five Jayhawks participated in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as Dayne Crist,Trevor Marrongelli, Toben Opurum, Josh Williams and Duane Zlatnik made the tripout to California for the week's activities. Crist earned MVP honors afterleading his National team to a 34-0 win in the game.
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