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#22 Lorenzo Sims
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Edison
Experience: 1 Letter

AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games, nine on defense and all on special teams, starting the first six of the season at cornerback and then coming off the bench the second half of the year.   He played 446 snaps from scrimmage, posting 29 tackles (21 solo), three third down stops, four pass deflections and two touchdown saves.  He had a season-high seven tackles against both Baylor and Iowa State.  After the season, he played in the North-South All-Star game.  He had a trial in the spring at free safety, but saw most of his fall action at corner or in nickel situations.  He earned third-team preseason All-Big 12 honors from Phil Steele’s College Football, which also ranked him as the No. 31 cornerback in the nation.  He had minor shoulder surgery following spring drills to relieve a chronic condition, but was healed by the start of summer.  He ended his career tied for 28th in interceptions (6) and tied for fourth in pass deflections (33) all-time at Colorado. 

 

2005 (Jr.)—He started 12 games at cornerback including the Champs Sports Bowl, missing the Kansas game with a knee injury (slight cartilage tear).  He missed just the one game, returning to practice just nine days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.  He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press, and was one of just nine players to earn prestigious Victory Club honors as selected by the coaches for a winning productivity grade in at least eight games.  He also earned second-team All-Colorado team honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation.    On the year, he played 634 snaps from scrimmage, registering 46 tackles (41 solo, three for losses).  He had a team high 17 pass deflections, tied for the fourth most in a single-season in Colorado history, also tying him for the second most in the NCAA.  He also had seven third down stops, two touchdown saves, two forced fumbles and a recovery along with one interception.  Top games included Iowa State, when he was CU’s defensive back of the week for making six tackles, all solo, with three pass deflections, a caused fumble and recovery.  He had eight tackles (all unassisted) in the opener against Colorado State, six against Nebraska (again, all solo), and five both times against No. 2 Texas.  In the bowl game against Clemson, he logged six tackles, all unassisted.  He had an excellent spring as the coaching staff named him the Hale Irwin Award winner as the outstanding defensive back.

 

2004 (Soph.)—He started all 13 games, 12 at cornerback including the Houston Bowl and the Nebraska game at free safety as he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches.  He had quite the sophomore year, as he was third in the Big 12 and 22nd in the NCAA in interceptions (5, or 0.42 per game), only the 18th player in Colorado history to record five or more in a single-season.  He also led the team in snaps played from scrimmage (864), passes broken up (11) and fumble recoveries (3), while tying for second in third down stops (11).  He was in on 56 tackles, including 46 solo, and three for losses with a quarterback sack; he also had a hurry and a forced fumble.  His five interceptions came over the course of the last eight games, including two times back-to-back: versus Oklahoma State and Iowa State and at Nebraska and versus Oklahoma; his pick and ensuing 34 yard return set the Buffs up in Sooner territory for the only time in the Big 12 Championship game and led to CU’s only points in the game—a Mason Crosby field goal.  He posted “crooked” numbers in tackles in every game (two or more in all 12), including four or more in nine games and a season- and career high of eight (seven solo) against Missouri.  He had three passes broken up, with a forced fumble and recovery against North Texas, and had his other interception to go with five solo tackles versus Texas.  In the bowl win over UTEP, he was in on seven tackles (six solo), with a forced fumble and a third down stop.  On special teams, he had seven points on the strength of five tackles (one inside-the-20) and a knockdown block.  He earned his way on CU’s prestigious Victory Club, as those who make it must post a winning productivity grade in at least eight games, and was CU’s defensive back of the week for the North Texas and Iowa State games.  A productive spring was the sign of things to come, as in the three main scrimmages, he posted 21 tackles (13 solo), with three pass deflections, two tackles for losses and four third down stops.

 

2003 (Fr.)—He played in four games as a true freshman, including three on defense and a start in CU’s dime package for his first collegiate action against Washington State.  He played 94 snaps in the secondary, registering 10 total tackles (9 solo) with a third down stop and a pass deflection.  He had four tackles, three solos, against the Cougars in his start, where he played 38 snaps from scrimmage, and against Iowa State, he racked up five solo tackles in 32 plays on defense.     

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered PrepStar All-American and All-West honors, while he also earned SuperPrep All-Far West and Prep Football Report All-West accolades.  Rivals.com tabbed him as the No. 15 cornerback in the nation (the No. 33 player in California), with SuperPrep naming him the no. 56 player in California (the 11th defensive back) and PFR ranking him the 32nd player in the state (No. 3 defensive back).  As Edison’s MVP, he earned first-team all-state, All-Fresno County and All-North Yosemite district honors, while he also was named the All-Valley defensive player of the year and all-district MVP.  As a junior, he garnered all-league (C section) and all-district first-team honors, earning his team’s defensive player of the year (an honor he also received as a sophomore).  As a senior at both cornerback and safety, he was in on 106 tackles (11 for loss, three quarterback sacks), along with seven interceptions, 15 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.  He also blocked two kicks and returned one for a touchdown.  His junior year, he totaled 115 tackles (68 solo), four for loss, three sacks, seven interceptions, 12 pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles; he added three blocked punts on special teams.  His sophomore year, he had 112 total tackles (11 for loss), four sacks, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles; he also had three blocked punts.  He finished his career with 19 interceptions, returning four for touchdowns.  Top career games included a 26-23 loss to Clovis West his senior year, when he had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.  During his junior year, in a 42-12 win over Stockdale, he totaled 10 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and a forced fumble.  As a sophomore, in a 38-17 victory against Lemoore High, he finished with 15 tackles, one interception and recovered a fumble.  Edison was 11-2 his senior year (winning the Valley Championship), 10-1-1 his junior year (losing in the second round of the playoffs) and 12-1 his sophomore year (Valley champion) under coach Ray Reyes.  He also  lettered three times in basketball, averaging 18 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five steals per game as a senior. 

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in sociology at Colorado.  A consistent honor roll student (a 3.1 grade point average as a prep), he also was named his school’s Student Athlete of the Month at least once during all four years of school.

 

PERSONAL—He was born August 30, 1985 in Fresno, Calif.   Hobbies include coaching youth football (ages 5-8) and doing community service through his church.  Cousin (Ricky Manning) was a defensive back at UCLA, while another (DeShawn Stevenson) plays guard for the Utah Jazz; second cousin (Bruce Bowen) is a forward for the San Antonio Spurs.  He goes to the same high school that produced Manning and current Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Miller.  Nickname is “Spiderman.”

 


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT  AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2003

3

94

   9   1-- 10

0- 0

0- 0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2004

12

864

46 10-- 56

3-21

1-10

11

1

3

1

11

5

2005

11

634

41  5-- 46

3-5

0- 0

7

0

1

2

17

1

2006

9

446

21  8-- 29

0-0

0- 0

3

0

0

0

4

0

Totals

35

2038

117 24--141

6-26

1-10

22

1

4

3

33

6


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 5-53, 10.6 avg., 34 long (2004); 1-2, 2.0 avg. (2005).  Special Team Tackles: 3,2—5 (2004); 2,0—2 (2005).

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