DeRail Sims inks with Eagles.
Union High School running back DeRail Sims signed Wednesday with the
Carson-Newman Eagles of the South Atlantic Conference. The Eagles are a
perennial national championship contender. This past season the Eagles were
co-South Atlantic Conference
champions and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. C-N
finished the season 11-2 and ended the year ranked in the AFCA Top 10.
Carson-Newman wins with a bruising offense that led the nation in rushing offense with 341.1 yards per game. That is one of the biggest things that drew Sims to the Eagles.
"Their style of play should be fun for me. Their offense is very run-oriented and they rotate 6 running backs in most
games. They have a beautiful campus and the coaches seem very honest and straightforward. Jefferson City is not too far away from home and the conference includes games with PC, Newberry, Wingate, and Catawba so I feel good about my family and friends being able to come to the games."
DeRail shared carries over the last two seasons with fellow classmates QB Justin Knox and RB Eirish Stevens in Union's spread offense and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards while scoring 13 TDs, this despite injuring his ankle mid way through his senior campaign and missing 4 games. He has since fully recovered and is with the UHS track team. DeRail was a strong contributor on last year's track team that won the 2003 Region Championship as he competed in the 100m and 200m sprints, Long Jump and Triple Jump. His 4x100 relay team made it all the way to the AAA State Finals. At last year's spring sports banquet DeRail received the "P.R.I.D.E" award which honors "personal reponsibility in daily effort".
Outside of the classroom at UHS Sims is a huddle leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Union coaches all sing the praises of Sims. "We are very happy for DeRail. DeRail has the size, speed, and strength to
make a big impact on the field at Carson-Newman. He runs a 4.55 40 yard dash, bench presses 325 lbs and squats over 400 lbs. He also has a good head on his shoulders and we think he'll be able to make a smooth transition into the college classroom as well. We love him and if he keeps being the same hardworking fellow that we know, Carson-Newman will love him too."
In the Photo from left to right
girlfriend Stephany Floyd, DeRail Sims, and mother Wendy Sims
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