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Damian Sims

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Boynton Beach, FL

High School:
John I Leonard HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 200

Position:
RB

Birthdate:
03/26/1986

Hawk-Item - - Scored two rushing touchdowns in win at Northwestern for his third career game with two scores . . . also had two scores vs. Purdue and Indiana in 2006 . . . became the third true freshman to play in 2004 when he saw first action in win over Ohio State in sixth game of the season . . . moved to defensive back during 2005 fall pre-season before returning to offense early in the regular season . . . career totals include 1,508 rushing yards and 2,305 all-purpose yards.

2007 Honors - - Hustle Team Award, offense . . . 2007 - - Listed as second team running back following spring practice . . . saw action in opening win over Northern Illinois as offense rushed for 250 yards and gained 383 yards total offense . . . rushed 16 times for 110 yards, with a long of 23 yards . . . surpassed 100 yards for third time in his career vs. Northern Illinois and also had one KO return for 14 yards . . . saw action in win over Syracuse as offense gained 408 yards total offense . . . led rushing attack with 12 carries for 62 yards, with a one-yard scoring run, and also had one pass reception for 20 yards . . . saw action in loss at Iowa State, rushing 12 times for 45 yards . . . also had one pass reception for 11 yards at Iowa State . . . saw action in loss at Wisconsin, rushing seven times for 27 yards and collecting eight yards on two pass receptions . . . saw action in loss to Indiana . . . rushed seven times for 38 yards and had two pass receptions for 11 yards vs. Indiana . . . saw action in loss at Penn State, with four rushing attempts for two yards and two pass receptions for six yards . . . saw action in win over 18th-ranked Illinois as offense rushed for 141 yards and gained 323 yards total offense . . . rushed 11 times for 45 yards vs. Illinois, with a best of 10 yards . . . saw action in loss at Purdue, rushing for 39 yards on 11 carries . . . saw action in double OT win over Michigan State as offense gained 230 rushing yards . . . had three rushing attempts for 35 yards vs. MSU, including a season-best 30-yard run before leaving the game with an injury . . saw action in win at Northwestern as offense gained 299 passing yards and 369 yards total offense . . . gained 30 yards on seven rushing attempts vs. Northwestern, scoring Iowa's final two toucdowns on runs of two and eight yards in the fourth quarter . . . saw action in win over Minnesota, rushing for 58 yards on seven carries and gaining 20 yards on two pass receptions . . . saw action in loss to Western Michigan, rushing three times for eight yards.

2006 - - Listed as second team running back following spring practice . . . saw action in 41-7 win over Montana as offense gained 416 yards total offense . . . rushed seven times for 39 yards vs. Montana, with a long of 21 yards . . . had two receptions for 22 yards vs. Montana, with a long of 17 yards . . . saw action in double overtime win at Syracuse . . . rushed 10 times for 51 yards and had one reception for 11 yards vs. Syracuse, along with one KO return for 10 yards . . . rushed five times for 40 yards and had his pass reception in Iowa's second period touchdown drive . . . saw action in win over Iowa State, rushing four times for 19 yards and adding one reception for seven yards . . . saw action in win at Illinois . . . rushed 15 times for 55 yards . . . scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the second period to give Iowa a 7-0 advantage . . . saw action in loss to top-ranked Ohio State . . . rushed five times for 38 yards and had one kickoff return for 14 yards . . . 21-yard run matches his longest run from scrimmage on the year . . . started at running back in win over Purdue as offense reached season high marks in points (47) and rushing yards (286) . . . rushed 20 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns vs. Purdue in first career start . . . scored on runs of one and eight yards and had a long-run of 44 yards . . . also had one reception for 13 yards . . . started at running back in loss at Indiana as offense gained 467 yards total offense . . . rushed 22 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns . . . both scores were on one-yard runs and he had a long of 41 yards . . . also had one pass reception for nine yards and gained 32 yards on two kickoff returns . . . started at running back in loss at Michigan . . . rushed seven times for 22 yards and had one reception for one yard vs. Michigan . . . saw action in win over Northern Illinois as offense gained 405 yards total offense . . . rushed seven times for 29 yards vs. Northern Illinois and had one kickoff return for 22 yards . . . saw action in loss to Northwestern . . . rushed 10 times for 46 yards vs. Northwestern and had two kickoff returns for 44 yards . . . saw action in loss to Wisconsin . . . rushed seven times for 53 yards . . . had one pass reception for 35 yards vs. Wisconsin and one kickoff return for 36 yards . . . saw action in loss at Minnesota as offense gained season-best 546 yards total offense . . . rushed for 37 yards on six carries vs. Minnesota and had one pass reception for 33 yards . . . also had 26 yards on two kickoff returns . . . saw action vs. Texas in Alamo Bowl . . . 12 rushing attempts for 26 yards and one pass reception for two yards vs. Texas.

2005 - - Saw action at cornerback in opening win over Ball State, recording three solo tackles . . . saw action at Iowa State, with two KO returns for 24 yards . . . saw action in win over Northern Iowa after moving back to running back . . . two rushing attempts for 40 yards vs. UNI, including a 39-yard touchdown run for his first career score . . . also had one KO return for 16 yards . . . saw action at Ohio State, with one KO return for 20 yards . . . saw action in win over Illinois as offense rushed for 301 yards and gained 476 yards total offense . . . rushed six times for 81 yards vs. Illinois and gained seven yards on one pass reception . . . 66-yard run for a touchdown provided final points in win over Illinois . . . saw action in win at Purdue, with three rushing attempts for five yards . . . saw action in win over Indiana, rushing for a 30-yard touchdown on his only rushing attempt of the game . . . also had one kickoff return for 10 yards . . . saw action vs. Michigan, but had no statistics . . . did not see action at Northwestern . . . saw action in win at Wisconsin, rushing six times for 30 yards, helping Iowa control the ball in the fourth quarter . . . saw action in win over Minnesota as offense gained 613 yards total offense . . . rushed eight times for career-best 104 yards vs. Gophers for first 100-yard game of his career . . . had a 71-yard scoring run in the second period for Iowa's longest run from scrimmage on the season, while also collecting one reception for 11 yards and one KO return for 28 yards . . . saw action in Outback Bowl vs. Florida, rushing four times for six yards and gaining 12 yards on one pass reception . . . totaled 107 yards on five KO returns, including a team season-best 47 yard return.

2004 - - Did not see action in first five games . . . saw action in seven games . . . season totals included 17 rushing attempts for 45 yards and two pass receptions for one yards . . . also averaged 20.3 yards on six KO returns . . . first career action came in win over Ohio State, when he rushed nine times for 31 yards . . . saw action in win at Penn State, with one rushing attempt for four yards . . . saw action in win at Illinois . . . rushed three times for five yards and had one reception for one yard . . . saw action in win over Purdue . . . had one pass reception for no gain . . . completed first pass attempt of his career (to QB Drew Tate) for eight yards . . . saw action in win at Minnesota . . . rushed four times for five yards . . . had four kickoff returns for 82 yards . . . saw action in win over Wisconsin to clinch share of Big Ten title . . . returned one kickoff for a career-best 37 yards, leading to Iowa touchdown late in the second quarter for a 14-7 halftime advantage . . . saw action in Capital One Bowl win over LSU, with one KO return for three yards.

High School honors - - First team all-conference, all-area and all-state as a senior . . . also named a Treasure Coast all-Star . . . named first team all-conference and second team all-state as a junior . . . first team all-conference and third team all-state as a sophomore . . . four-year letterman in football and one year letterman in baseball . . . Career - - ended prep career with 560 rushing attempts for 4,940 yards and 64 touchdowns . . . rushed 154 times for 1,364 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior . . . also had nine punt returns for 153 yards and a touchdown . . . had 198 carries for 1,638 yards and 24 touchdowns in seven games as a junior . . . recorded 1,938 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns in 10 games as a sophomore.

Personal - - Born 3/26/86 . . . Health and Sport Studies major . . . parents are Joy Clayton and Lawrence Gardenhire . . . cousin of former Iowa wide receiver C.J. Jones . . . high school coach was Terry Gough.

Career Rushing Bests
Attempts:	22 at Indiana, 10/14/06
Yards:	155 vs. Purdue, 10/7/06
TDs:	2, three times, last at N'western, 11/3/07
Long:	71 vs. Minnesota, 11/19/05
100-YDG:	3, last vs. Northern Illinois, 9/1/07

Career Receiving Bests
Catches:	2, four times, last vs. Minnesota, 11/10/07
Yards:	35 vs. Wisconsin, 11/11/06
TDs:	none
Long:	35 vs. Wisconsin, 11/11/06

Career Kickoff Return Bests
Returns:	5 vs. Florida, 1/2/06
Yards:	107 vs. Florida, 1/2/06
TD:	none
Long:	47 vs. Florida, 1/2/06

Sims' Collegiate Stats



Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lng
Freshman 17 45 2.6 0 21
Sophomore 30 296 9.9 4 71
Junior 132 664 5.0 6 44
Senior 100 499 5.0 3 30
Career 279 1,504 5.4 13 71
Receiving No. Yds. Avg. TD Lng
Freshman 2 1 0.5 0 1
Sophomore 3 30 10.0 0 12
Junior 10 133 14.6 0 35
Senior 10 76 7.6 0 20
Career 25 230 9.2 0 35
Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Avg. TD Lng
Freshman 6 122 20.3 0 37
Sophomore 12 241 20.1 0 47
Junior 10 184 18.4 0 36
Senior 1 14 14.0 0 14
Career 29 561 19.3 0 47
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