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Our #64 went from walk-on to three-year starter on the offensive line, and along the way he lived the lineman's ultimate dream.

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#64 OL Jacob Sims
2006-2010, 6'5", 290 lbs.

Career Stats: After redshirting in 2006, Sims played in 48 games over the next four years, second only to Marc Dile for the most career games played by a Bulls offensive lineman. He started 32, playing every offensive line position except center along the way. He was named to the all-Big East second team in 2010, and was also a three-time Big East all-academic team member.

How He Came To USF: Jacob starred at Winter Park High School, where he helped the Wildcats reach the Class 6A state semifinals as a senior in 2005. He played both offense and defense (he actually led the team in sacks), and was named to the Class 6A all-state third team his senior year. Sims was a preferred walk-on at USF in 2006, reportedly passing up scholarship offers from Cincinnati and Navy. He was later awarded a scholarship before the 2008 season.

Recruiting Rankings: Sims didn't have any recruiting rankings.

His Best Game: Wednesday, November 3, 2010. USF vs. Rutgers. We're sure Jake will never forget that night, because in the fourth quarter, he scored a touchdown. And not just any touchdown, the winning touchdown in a one-point victory, 28-27.

Mo Plancher was submarined near the goal line by Antonio Lowery and fumbled. Sims must have seen the ball come out, because he immediately whirled around and was on top of the fumble in the end zone before anyone else really knew it was loose. He was so fast, the ball barely hit the ground. Sims is still the only USF offensive lineman to have ever scored a touchdown.

Fun Fact: In 2012, Sims was inducted to the Winter Park High School Sports Hall of Fame.