Running back Charles Sims, who rushed for more than 2,300 yards in three seasons at the University of Houston, could be transferring to Texas Tech, according to a report.
Sims and the University of Houston both issued statements Wednesday confirming the senior from Houston Westbury is leaving the program with one year of eligibility remaining.
CollegeFootballScoop.com, citing “a source close to the situation,” said Sims plans to transfer, most likely to Tech. His former program could try to block a transfer to certain schools, however.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Sims was Conference USA freshman of the year in 2009, first-team all-conference in 2011 and second-team all-league in 2012. He graduated from UH last weekend, the report said, making him eligible to play immediately at another school under NCAA rules.
Most players who seek a transfer from one FBS program to another must sit out one year to fulfill a residency requirement, but the NCAA makes an exception for those who already have earned a degree.
Sims discussed his options in a statement he released to the website CougarsDen.com.
“I don’t know what my next step will be,” he wrote. “I have one more year of eligibility; therefore, I may look to play (1) more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplmental Draft later this year.
“My family and I will continue to discuss my options and we will make a decision in the near future.”
New Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, Red Raiders assistants Lee Hays and Eric Morris and strength and conditioning coach Chad Dennis all were part of the UH staff during Sims’ time with the Cougars.
Sims rushed 132 times for 698 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009 and caught 70 passes for 759 yards and a TD. He was named Conference USA freshman of the year that season, then redshirted in 2010.
In 2011, he carried 110 times for 821 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 51 passes for 575 yards and four TDs.
Limited to nine games last season because of injuries, he ran 142 times for 851 yards and 11 TDs and caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three TDs. He led the team with 17 plays of 20 yards or longer.
In the Cougars’ 2009 victory against Tech in Houston, Sims caught 10 passes for 122 yards.
Tech came out of spring practice with junior Kenny Williams and sophomore DeAndre Washington listed 1-2 at running back. Williams had 824 rushing yards and five TDs last season. Washington ran for 366 yards as a true freshman in 2011, then redshirted last year after knee surgery.
Tech’s stable also includes versatile Sadale Foster and redshirt freshman Quinton White. Foster’s now listed at inside receiver after he topped 400 yards rushing last season, and White made a favorable impression in spring scrimmages.