The word consistency gets thrown around quite a bit in football. On both offense and defense, the coaching staff stresses the importance of consistent play. Yet, for Northern Illinois' specialists, the term takes on a slightly different meaning. For them, consistency also means having three highly-experienced individuals handling three underappreciated jobs.
NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
Converted 54-of-79 field goals and 196-of-203 PATs in his career. Ranks first all-time at NIU in PATs made and attempted, and is second in career points kicking, third in field goals made, tied for second in field goals attempted and second in career scoring (364).
2013: Second on the team in scoring with 112 total points on 17 field goals and 61 extra points. Converted 17-of-29 field goal tries and 61-of-63 PAT attempts. ranked third in the MAC and 25th in the country in field goals per game (1.4 average) and was responsible for 9.3 points per game to rank second in the league and seventh in the country in scoring. Made 12-of-16 field goals from inside 40 yards, including four-of-six from 20-29 yards and seven-of-nine from the 30 to 39-yard range. Hit nine of his first 10 field goals on the season and had at least two made field goals in six of the 12 games he played in. Missed the Akron and CMU games due to injury. Earned MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors after making his third career game-winning field goal on a 36-yard try with four seconds left in the game to give the Huskies a 30-27 season-opening win at Iowa (8-31). Went three-for-three on field goal attempts at Iowa, converting from distances of 25, 36, and 47 yards. Broke a 35-35 tie in the fourth quarter at Idaho (9-14) with a season-long 51-yard field goal. Made two-of-three field goals and all six of his PATs against Ball State (11-13). Connected on field goals of 51 and 45 yards versus Bowling Green (12-6) in the MAC Championship game. Broke the school record for PATs at UMass (11-2) with nine extra points. Went two-for-two with field goals of 44 and 31 yards at Purdue (9-28). Named a Lou Groza Award "Star of the Week" following his performance in the home win over Eastern Illinois (9-21). Made field goals of 18, 33 and 37 yards. Named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List prior to the season.
2012: Made 15-of-19 field goals and 67-of-68 PATs. Scored 118 points on the year. Broke the NIU single season record for most PATs attempted (68) and converted (67). Ranked third in the MAC with a 98.5 PAT conversion rate. Finished seventh in the conference and 63rd in the nation with 1.07 field goals per game. Ended the year sixth in the MAC and 36th nationally in scoring with 8.43 points per game. Among kickers, ranked fifth in the conference and 16th in the country. Converted six-of-eight field goals from 40-49 yards, including his last three. Converted nine of his last 10 field goal attempts. Made all three field goal attempts in the MAC Championship Game against Kent State (11-30), including a 40-yarder to force a second overtime. Named MAC West Specialist of the Week after scoring 17 points vs. Central Michigan (9-29). Ran for a seven-yard TD on a fake and made two field goals and five PATs against the Chippewas. Nailed a career-long and NIU school record 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half at Western Michigan (10-27). Followed that up with a 49-yarder in the second half to earn MAC West and NIU Specialist of the Week. Also made six-of-six PATs against the Broncos. Converted a 44-yard field goal versus Kansas (9-22).
2011: All Mid-American Conference kicker. Named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore team. Won the NIU Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Made two game-winning field goals. His 33-yard three on the final play of the MAC Championship game versus Ohio (12-2) gave NIU a 23-20 victory and the title. Led the Huskies in scoring with 124 points, hitting 20-of-28 field goals and 64-of-66 PATs. Established NIU single-season records for points kicking (124), PATs attempted (66) and PATs made (64). Ranked second in the MAC in scoring and field goals and was 20th and 21st, respectively, in the nation. Made 10 consecutive field goals from the Central Michigan (10-1) game until the fourth quarter of the Western Michigan (10-15) game.Hit 16-of-18 field goals from Oct. 8 through Dec. 2. Made seven-straight threes from the Buffalo game (10-22) through the MAC title contest. Nailed 42-straight PATs from the Cal Poly (9-24) game through the MAC Championship (12-2). Converted five-of-six threes from inside 30 yards and was 12-of-15 from inside the 40. Hit his first career game-winning kick with eight seconds remaining to complete NIU's 17-point comeback against Ball State (11-15) and earn NIU Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Accounted for a season-high 16 points against Kent State (10-8). Registered double-digit scoring totals in four other games. Posted a career-high four field goals against both CMU and KSU. Kicked a season-long 44-yard field goal versus both Cal Poly (9-24) and Kent State. Earned NIU Special Teams Player of the Week honors against Kansas (9-10) and Kent State. 2010: Appeared in five games as a true freshman. Made two-of-three field goals and four-of-six PATs on the season to total 10 points. Kicked a 19-yard field goal on his first career attempt in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2) and made his lone PAT attempt. Connected on a career-long 23-yard field goal against North Dakota (9-11). Scored a season-best five points versus the Fighting Sioux as he also went two-of-three on extra points. Missed a PAT in the Illinois game. At Ball State (11-20), ran for six yards and a first down on a fake field goal attempt to set up a Huskie touchdown. Made his lone PAT try at Eastern Michigan and had his only two kickoffs of the year.
High School: Earned first team all-state honors as a placekicker three times during his prep career and was the second team all-state kicker his sophomore season. Also on the 4A all-state team at wide receiver as a senior and at defensive back his junior year. Selected to the all-area first team as a kicker, defensive back and wide receiver in 2009 after earning all-area recognition at kicker and defensive back as a junior. Was the all-district placekicker his freshman season. On the all-North Central Missouri Conference first team as a kicker, defensive back and receiver in both 2008 and 2009 and added second team all-conference punter honors his final year. Selected as Hannibal's team MVP his final two seasons and served as team captain as a senior. As a senior in 2009, made six field goals, went 44-of-45 on PAT attempts and had 44 touchbacks in 12 games. For his career, made 23 field goals with a long of 46 yards, kicked 158 extra points and had 121 touchbacks. His Hannibal team won conference championships in three of his four years (freshman, junior, senior) and advanced to the state playoffs. Team went 9-3 his senior season, advanced to the state title game his freshman year and went 31-16 during his four-year career, Honor roll member.
Personal: Born Nov. 8, 1991 in Hannibal, Mo. Son of Lynne and Bob Sims. Brother, Casey, played football and ran track at Central Missouri. Huskie Scholar owns a 3.32 GPA in communication studies.
SIMS' CAREER SINGLE GAME HIGHS
Long Field Goal: 51, at Idaho, 9-14-13 Field Goals Made: 3, twice, last vs. Eastern Illinois, 9-21-13 Extra Points: 9, at UMass, 11-2-13 Points: 13, twice, last at Purdue, 9-28-13