KANSAS CITY MO - NOVEMBER 27: James Sims #29 of the Kansas Jayhawks carries the ball as Jarrell Harrison #11 of the Missouri Tigers defends during the game on November 27 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Football: Running Back James Sims Arrested For DUI

The Jayhawks junior running back was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season.

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Kansas Spring Football: James Sims Could Have Tough Climb Back To Starting Role After Suspension

For all of the issues at KU over the last few years, running back has not been one of them. James Sims was the cream that rose to the top under Turner Gill, but Darrian Miller was impressive and several more stood behind him. After Miller was dismissed earlier this offseason and James Sims has been suspended for three games after an arrest for driving under the influence on Sunday, ESPN’s David Ubben says Sims might have a difficult time coming back to his place at the top.

Ubben writes, "For the rising junior, he couldn’t pick a worse time to make his mistake. Former coach Turner Gill looked like he believed in Sims. As a true freshman and again as a sophomore, he emerged as the featured back in a talented stable of backs.

“Sims may emerge as the featured back again, but it’s going to be difficult,” he continues. “Come fall camp, would Weis really give a hefty share of valuable practice reps to a running back he won’t have for the first three games of the season?”

The Jayhawks have Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson both in the wings, waiting for their chance to make their impact felt. Bourbon rushed 28 times for 190 yards and 1 touchdown last season. Pierson rushed 71 times for 396 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Check out more about the Jayhawks spring football sessions at Rock Chalk Talk.


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Kansas Spring Football: Charlie Weis Says Team Will Be Fine In James Sims' Absence

Every head coach obviously wants as much competition as possible on the roster — to have players healthy and ready to play at all times to maximize the possibilities on the football field. While Charlie Weis won’t have that ability at the running back position in 2012 with the three-game suspension of James Sims, the Jayhawks coach also said that the team should be fine in his absence at a recent press conference.

"I think we will be fine at running back," Weis said. "It never helps to lose a front-line player, but we have Tony (Pierson) and (Brandon) Bourbon, who is as close to being at full-speed as you can be. I am not going to let him (Bourbon) go full-speed because he had an injury that takes six months to be fully healed. Although, he is running around full speed out there at practice, I am always going to error on the side of caution and make sure that I have him fully ready to go."

"We also have the reinforcements coming right around the corner and we feel really good about the two guys we have coming at the position, so I don’t think it will be too much of a problem for us to handle the fort until he (Sims) is able to come back."

Last season, Sims ran 182 times for 727 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Check out more about the Jayhawks spring football sessions at Rock Chalk Talk.

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James Sims Suspended Three Games From Kansas 2012 Football Season

The Kansas Jayhawks football team will be without their leading rusher of the last two season as James Sims has been suspended the first games of the 2012 season for a DUI on Sunday. Sims has led the team in rushing the last two seasons, but now Charlie Weis must adjust his backfield in his first season as head coach.

"Every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations," Weis said in a press release Monday. "They also know the consequences for violations."

It’s a dry statement made about Sims coming from the head coach, so it’s hard to read anything between the lines concerning any frustration or emotion. The junior back should return to the top of the depth chart, but given the competition from Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson, anything is possible mid-season.

Last season, Sims ran 182 times for 727 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Check out more about the Jayhawks spring football sessions at Rock Chalk Talk.

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