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.