Although the 2012 season didn’t end the way they certainly had hoped it would following their fast start, no one can question that the West Virginia Mountaineers had some brutal offensive firepower. QB Geno Smith, along with stud wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, had many around the country in awe of their quick-strike scoring abilities.
With those three men off to the NFL following last year, a lot of people wondered how such talent could be replaced. How could you find anyone to replace that kind of play-making ability?
Well, how about you land the young man who some consider the all-around best running back in the country?
That’s exactly what head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers did on Friday.
After weighing options which also included a possibility of entering the 2014 NFL Supplemental Draft, Houston Cougars transfer running back Charles Sims has decided that he will be a member of the West Virginia squad this upcoming season. Sims broke the news himself to Fox 26 Sports.
Sims announced his decision to leave the Houston program last month, while at the same time not giving a specific reason for the move. But, whatever the case may be, it certainly benefited WVU in their search for replacement playmakers.
This marks the second transfer the Mountaineers have accepted this offseason that may wind up being an immediate contributor. West Virginia recently added former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Clint Trickett to their roster, who is also eligible to play right off the bat.
One thing is almost a certainty. West Virginia certainly landed a player who can do some damage in their offensive system. Sims rushed for just 851 yards last season, but scouts are higher on the back’s versatility. His pass-catching skills are more than impressive, making him a dangerous option on every offensive snap, no matter what the circumstances.
With experienced players like Trickett–and now Sims–on board, suddenly the answer to how you replace last year’s firepower is a little clearer.