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A Salute to the 2017 Seniors: Cam Sims

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We say goodbye to a dedicated, team-first player who didn’t mind doing the dirty work.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Sugar Bowl - CFP Semifinal - Alabama v Clemson Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When Cam Sims committed to Alabama out of Monroe, LA, he was hyped as a tall WR with great speed and hands.

Turns out he offered much more than that.

On a team with receiving talent in spades, Sims had a big hill to climb to get on the field offensively. Undeterred, he embraced a role in kickoff and punt coverage, and managed to gain significant time on both units as a freshman. With Amari Cooper leaving for the NFL Draft, Sims was expected to compete for a starring role on offense in his sophomore season.

Unfortunately Sims suffered an ACL injury in the spring of 2015, but battled back to get on the field that September. By his junior year, he was in the rotation at receiver. While he never had many balls thrown his direction, Sims developed a reputation as an outstanding blocker and continued to show out on special teams. Finally, as a senior, he was able to haul in his lone touchdown pass. It was a great grab, too.

In the CFP championship win over Georgia, Sims just missed a touchdown on an overthrown ball, but made a nice fourth quarter catch-and-run and may have saved the championship with a critical open field tackle in punt coverage. He leaves Alabama as a proud father with a degree in hand. Cam will undoubtedly get a shot to show some NFL team what he’s made of, but if a football career isn’t in the cards he has much to fall back on and wonderful memories to cherish.

Congratulations on a fine career, Cam.

Roll Tide.