Former Georgia Tech B-back David Sims and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings will play Saturday in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C., a pre-draft all-star game.
Sims has been playing tailback, a change from playing almost directly behind the quarterback in Tech’s spread-option offense.
“It’s been fun,” he said. “It’s been neat learning a whole new offense all over again, but it’s something that, going to the next phase of my career, it’s something I’m going to have to end up doing anyway. It was good practice and it was a good thing to show the coaching staff I can actually do it.”
The primary benefit for Sims and others is the practices, which take place in front of NFL scouts and coaches. For Sims, in particular, it’s useful because he can demonstrate his ability in a conventional offense. Sims said the feedback he has received has “been positive for the most part.”
Sims and Cummings have been practicing this week for the National team that is coached, coincidentally, by former Tech coach Chan Gailey. Further, the American team is coached by Ralph Friedgen. To complete the thread, the National team’s honorary coach is Bobby Cremins.
“Coach Gailey, you can tell he’s an offensive coach,” Sims said. “He’s a good guy, though. He’s very particular with what he wants.”
Sims said Gailey spoke with him at the beginning of the week and, knowing Sims’ background, told him to be patient.
This is the first time the Medal of Honor Bowl, billed as “South Carolina’s Premier College All-Star Football Game,” will be played. Center Jay Finch, defensive end Emmanuel Dieke, A-back Robert Godhigh and offensive lineman Will Jackson will play in the College All-Star Bowl Feb. 14 in Greenville, S.C. Saturday’s game is not televised.
(I spoke with Sims and Jackson this week about a variety of topics. I’ll have something up next week.)