- United States
- OG, OT
- Macedonia, OH
- High School
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Major: Communication (2004-05), Undeclared (2003)
Weight: 310 (2004-05), 305 (2003), 290 (2002)
2005 Media Guide: Crafty veteran who will be in his third year as a starter … smart, athletic and versatile … has been the regular at left tackle the past two years, but could move inside to a guard spot in 2005 … definitely will be in the lineup somewhere and will be a standout wherever he plays … has appeared in 35 games and started 28 times during his career and is the Buckeyes’ most experienced player on either side of the ball … probably played his best football during the second half of last season, helping the Buckeyes put up big numbers late in the year, including 205 yards rushing against Michigan and 214 yards on the ground against Oklahoma State … has great feet and is exceptional pass blocker … has played 300 or more minutes each of the past two years.
2004: Started 11 of the Buckeyes’ 12 games and was second among the offensive lineman in terms of playing time … did miss the Michigan State game with an injury, ending a string of 20 consecutive regular-season starts … played consistently well all season long … won his third varsity letter.
2004 Media Guide: One of two returning starters on the offensive line and one of five holdovers on the offensive side of the ball … will be in his second year as a starter on the left side and should be one of the top tackles in the Big Ten in 2004 … is the Buckeyes most experienced offensive lineman with 24 games and 17 starts under his belt … logged an iron man-like 317 minutes last year … quick, strong and smart and understands how to play the position … effective pass blocker because of his footwork and agility … gives up very few sacks … played a vital role as a true freshman in the Buckeyes 2002 national championship, appearing in 11 games – with five starts, including the championship game – and providing some much-needed depth along the offensive front.
2003 Season: Figured to share time with incumbent senior Ivan Douglas, but took over after Douglas was sidelined with health problems … started 12 of 13 games (all but the Fiesta Bowl, where senior Bryce Bishop got the nod in his final appearance as a Buckeye) … played well throughout the season and was one of the Buckeyes’ most consistent performers … played at least 23 minutes in 11 of the 13 games and wound up averaging 24 minutes a game.
2003 Media Guide: Rob Sims is coming off an impressive, and somewhat surprising, freshman campaign in which he played in 11 games and started five times, including the Fiesta Bowl, at the all-important left tackle position … heads into the season as the Buckeyes’ third tackle behind incumbents Ivan Douglas and Shane Olivea, but would have to be considered a pseudo starter and will see extensive playing time this year … is just scratching the surface of what coaches believe is his enormous potential and gives the Buckeyes quality depth on a veteran offensive line … has a tremendous attitude and should be fun to watch develop the next couple of years … always one of the Buckeyes’ most nattily attired players on game day.
2002 Season: impressed the coaches early-on with his combination of eagerness, physical ability and understanding of the offense … worked his way up the depth chart to the No. 2 spot at left tackle behind Douglas and made his collegiate debut against Kent State in the second game of the season … got his first start three weeks later against Indiana, filling in for the injured Douglas (ankle) at tackle … started against San Jose State when Douglas moved to the right side in place of injured Shane Olivea (shoulder) … litmus test, however, came against Penn State, when the Buckeye rookie more than held his own against the Nittany Lions’ fine defensive lineman Jimmy Kennedy … also started against Illinois … did not play in the Texas Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin games.
High School: A first-team Division II Associated Press All-Ohio selection … one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Ohio … a three-year regular, starting at guard as a sophomore and junior, before making a seamless transition to tackle this past year … also played defensive end at Nordonia … rated as Ohio’s 17th best prospect by the Ohio Football Recruiting News … was a three-year starter on the basketball team and a standout in track in the shot and discus … high school coach – Rob Rardin.
Personal: His father, Mickey Sims, played defensive tackle with the Cleveland Browns … parents are Brenda and Mickey Sims … his mother, who is a graduate of Harford, is a teacher, and his father, who graduated from South Carolina State, is a police officer … has a younger sister, Robyn, who is on her school’s track team … lists former Ohio State All-America Orlando Pace as his favorite professional player … always one of the best-dressed players on the squad and takes great pleasure in his sartorial splendor on game day … relaxes by going to the movies (Any Given Sunday is his favorite movie) … born Dec. 6, 1983.