EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State tight end Dion Sims can make the clutch catch in a variety of ways.
He's a big acrobat with soft hands and uses his basketball talent to post up defensive backs on sideline routes. Hes also a good blocker who, at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, can lay some lumber on defenders.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio calls the junior from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Marys a big-play receiver, and Sims 24 catches and 313 yards rank second among major-college tight ends. Only Arizona States Chris Coyle, with 26 grabs for 338 yards, ranks ahead of Sims.
Dion is a tremendous football player with great skills that can be used as situations present themselves, Dantonio said. And he will continue to get better and grow.
Sims is on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, awarded annually to the top tight end in college football.
Thats an honor just to be on that list, Sims said. I have to play up to my ability. I have an opportunity to win this award, and an opp...