ATLANTA — The road for David Sims was a long one.
The 2008 T&D Player of the Year went from being a quarterback battling for time on the field for Georgia Tech (6-5) to being the starting B-Back, a transition that is still ongoing for Sims.
“It was a process,” he said of moving from quarterback to B-Back. “It was something different because I never blocked before. I had to learn how to do that. When it was time for fall camp, I got better at it.”
These days, the former Calhoun County star has helped the Ramblin’ Wreck make its second appearance in the ACC championship game since 2009, the year that Sims was redshirted. It’s an experience Sims has made the most of despite the setbacks.
“It’s been interesting to say the least,” Sims said on his team’s 6-5 season. “We’ve been through our ups and downs. We started off with the overtime loss to Virginia Tech to losing to Miami in overtime to losing to Middle Tennessee and then going on a winning streak. It’s been crazy, but I’m enjoying the ride.”
For the Yellow Jackets, the regular season ended in less-than-stellar fashion as the Jackets were throttled by Georgia 42-10. A loss of that nature to your in-state rival can hurt at the end of a season, but Sims and his Georgia Tech teammates are looking forward to getting back on the winning track when they face Florida State at Bank of America Stadium tonight at 8 on ESPN.
“It gives us a lot of fuel,” Sims said. “It was a bad loss, but we have an opportunity to make up for that loss and get a win that really, really matters and that’s the ACC championship.”
Sims, who rushed for 422 yards and four touchdowns on 99 carries during his redshirt junior season, won’t be far from home as he plays for the ACC title in Charlotte and he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play in front of family and friends on arguably the biggest stage of his football career.
“It’s very exciting,” Sims said. “It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from where we are to Charlotte. I’ve got a lot of people who have already asked for tickets. It will be a lot of fun to play for something like this in front of a lot of people from home.”
The task of taking down Jimbo Fisher and his hard-nosed Seminoles will not be an easy task for the Yellow Jackets, but Sims believes that the Yellow Jackets have a chance to come away with the upset and the ACC title.
“We have to play with a sense of urgency,” Sims said. “I think that’s probably been the main issue with us so far throughout the year. Some games, we’ve had a lack of urgency and, some games, we’ve had a lack of effort. If we come out with that type of intensity and focus that we had during our 3-game winning streak, I think we’ll be just fine. We’ll probably come out and shock the world.”