Honors 2014 SEC Specialist of the Week (Sept. 20)
2014 The Commodores' most versatile player, Sims saw action in all three phases of the game... Participated in all 12 games, seeing action as a running back and wide receiver on offense, nickel back on defense, and return specialist... Ranked among the leading SEC kick returners, averaging 24.5 yards on 31 returns... Put together one of the greatest individual performances in team history against South Carolina, becoming first player in SEC history to return two kicks for touchdowns in the same game... Touchdowns against Gamecocks came on returns on 91 and 100 yards... Performance vs. South Carolina earned SEC Specialist of the Week honors... On offense, Sims had two rush attempts and caught a pair of passes... On defense, Sims totaled five tackles and an interception... Provided team's only points vs. Kentucky with a 13-yard interception for touchdown.
2013 Sims was one of three true freshmen to see action for the 'Dores during the regular season, contributing as a cornerback and return specialist... Played in all 13 games... Finished 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops... Also contributed a fumble recovery and pass defended... Was one of the SEC's top kickoff returners, averaging 22.8 yards on 25 returns... Posted season best return of 71 yards in win at Tennessee... Registered three solo tackles at South Carolina, and a pair of unassisted stops against both Texas A&M and UAB.
High School Senior co-captain... Three-year starter at cornerback... Played instrumental role as CB and WR in Whitehaven's first state title campaign... Was named Defensive MVP in thrilling 36-35 6A state championship victory over Maryville that capped 15-0 record... As senior, earned First Team All-State honors after contributing 68 tackles, 40 solo tackles, four INTs and 13 pass breakups... Accounted for seven TDs as senior, including two INT returns and three punt returns... Two-time Commercial Appeal "Best of the Preps" recipient... Hauled in a pair of INTs in postseason AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game... Sprinted in track and lettered in basketball.
Personal Darrius D. Sims... Majoring in Communication Studies... Son of Phyllis Carter... Born Oct. 26, 1994... Has two brothers, DeMario and DeMarcus; and two sisters, Joselyn and Deeleon... Godparents are Marvin and Trione Cooper.
Career Highs Total Tackles: 3, (2x) Last at Kentucky, 9/27/2014 Interceptions: 1, at Kentucky 9/27/2014 Longest KR: 100, vs. South Carolina 9/20/2014 Total KR: 5, vs. South Carolina, 9/20/2014 KR Yards: 217, vs. South Carolina, 9/20/2014 KR Touchdowns: 2, vs. South Carolina, 9/20/2014 KR Average Yardage: 72.3 yards vs. South Carolina, 9/20/2014