We continue our countdown from #99 to #1 as we prepare for the start of the 2011 season, leading up to Notre Dame. On days like today, when no one on the 2011 Bulls wears a number, we'll make our choice for the best USF player to ever wear that number.
Let's face it, there haven't been a lot of players that wore #64 in USF history. Officially there have only been 3 people to don #64 in school history. While I'm sure both Jason Butler and Jason Lehman were fantastic representatives of the university, the Best #64 in USF History has to be Jacob Sims.
Sims came to USF as a preferred walk-on from Winter Springs, but he wanted to stay in the state and chose to walk-on over offers from the Naval Academy and Cincinnati. After redshirting and being used as a special teams player his freshman year, Sims became a staple on the offensive line after that.
Sims earned a starting position his sophomore season, and started 32 of his final 36 games across his offensive line. Sims' versatility and ability to know everyone's assignments was a big plus, as he started at left tackle, right tackle, right guard, and played at center if needed.
Other than Sims' hair, Jacob will be remembered for his FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN! against Rutgers last season. With about 9:30 left in the game and the Bulls down 5, Mo Plancher fumbled a yard in front of the end zone. The ball trickled acress the goal line and Sims was able to fall on it for his first career touchdown. That play proved to be the game winner, as the Bulls won the game 28-27. Even after the game, you could tell how happy he was to finally score a touchdown.
Let's hope the next #64 has just a good of a career at USF as Sims. We'll be in good shape if they do.