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Top opponents for Texas in 2018, No. 21: Kansas WR Steven Sims Jr.

Posted July 13th, 2018

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Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared  with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.

Who is he?

Quick, name the only returning player in the Big 12 who has been in the top 10 in receiving each of the past two seasons. Steven Sims has only won three games in his career, but the Kansas wide receiver has maintained his consistency. He had 59 catches for 839 yards in 2017.

MORE: Texas vs. Kansas coverage from 2017

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He also finished sixth in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards, thanks in part to the number of kicks he returned. Sims is a great story, being an undersized, undervalued 5-foot-10 recruit from Fort Bend Travis the Houston area. The Jayhawks were his only Power 5 offer according to 247Sports.

Highlights

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Sims has had success against the Longhorns in the past, but he’s hoping to add a new weapon to his arsenal that opponents should watch out for. This spring, he put an added focus on punt returns, an area he said was a weakness. Between his speed, footwork and high football IQ, it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on when the Jayhawks force punts this season.

PHOTOS: Texas takes down Kansas 42-27 in Austin

Past encounters

Two years ago, Sims was a catalyst in the Jayhawks’ upset win over Texas. He scored the two-point conversion to cut the Longhorns’ lead to three, then batted what looked to be a sure interception away from Kris Boyd. He finished the game with seven catches for 79 yards. In 2017, he had nine grabs for 53 yards against Texas.

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