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Marvin Sims Lettered At Clemson At Running Back In 1977, 1978, and 1979
At Clemson, Sims carried the ball 316 times in his career for 1,541 yards and 4 touchdowns. One the highlights of Sims’ career at Clemson was the 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks.
The rivalry game was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans against South Carolina. Clemson had been constructing the South upper deck stands, luxury suites, and press box during the season, and it had sold 15,000 tickets to the game prior to its completion. The structure was finished just two days prior to the game, much to the relief of Athletic Director Bill McLellan.
The environment was electric, especially when Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind a running attack that would finish the game with 397 yards. Three different Tigers (Steve Fuller, Marvin Sims, and Lester Brown) all went over 100 yards rushing, the first time Clemson had three 100-yard rushers in a game since 1950. The Tigers coasted to a 41-23 victory, the ninth straight win to close the regular season.
Sims was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 12th round (324th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Sims played in 32 games for the Colts, carrying the ball 54 times for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.
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