DALLAS -- Running back Charles Sims transferred to West Virginia to up his draft stock, coach Dana Holgorsen said during his turn at the podium at Big 12 Media Days this afternoon.
Sims, a Houston transfer, was named the Big 12 newcomer of the year earlier this month before he was even listed on the team’s roster.
“He'll be a Cougar for life, but he wanted to be able to play in the Big 12 to be able to increase his draft stock, which we'll put him in position to be able to get that done,” said Holgorsen.
Here is a full transcript of his thoughts on Sims.
Holgorsen: "We're extremely fortunate to have his services for one year. He's a great kid. He's a tremendous football player. I was fortunate to be able to be involved with recruiting him when I was at Houston, and I had him for the first year there in 2009. That was probably his best year statistically, what was his first year.
"I know he's been nicked up a little bit here the last couple of years. I didn't promise him anything. He knows what I'm all about. He knows how I coach. He knows what our offense is about. So we need some play makers on offense, after losing, I think, 90 percent of our production last year or whatever that crazy number is.
"He knew he'd be able to come in and fit in and get an opportunity to play in the Big 12. That was his motive. He loves the University of Houston. He got his degree from there. He'll be a Cougar for life, but he wanted to be able to play in the Big 12 to be able to increase his draft stock, which we'll put him in position to be able to get that done."