David Sims: It was an honor to win it but really it just told me that I need to keep working harder so that I can hopefully be All Big 12 and an All-American next season.
Cyclone Sports Report: A lot of the defensive secondary returns from last year. How important is that for you as a player?
David Sims: It's real important and I think it's a major reason why during the spring we were clicking like no other time before. We all know each other so well and so it's easy to coach each other up when we're on the field.
Cyclone Sports Report: Do you feel like you have to take on more of a leadership role heading into your senior year?
David Sims: Most definitely I feel I need to do that and I tried to during the spring. As one of the returning defensive players, I need to step up and be pushing everyone to get better.
Cyclone Sports Report: How different was it playing in the Big 12 from playing junior college football?
David Sims: The speed and size of everyone is just completely different. Players in junior college work hard but not as hard as you have to at this level.
Cyclone Sports Report: What is your relationship like with Coach Rhoads?
David Sims: Coach Rhoads has been with me every step of the way. If you mess up a play he's always there to help you and to teach you. He's just always teaching us and I have really enjoyed playing for him.
Cyclone Sports Report: What are you looking to improve on most between now and the beginning of the season?
David Sims: I'm trying to work on my coverage skills. I feel I have pretty good coverage skills but I need to keep working on my back pedal. I also need to do a better job of staying low and keeping my hips open.
Cyclone Sports Report: You have gone against the ISU offense during spring ball on a daily basis. Who were the guys that impressed you the most?
David Sims: A-Rob (Alexander Robinson) is still A-Rob and (Ben) Lamaak has really stepped up at center. I also think Darius Darks and Darius Reynolds are going to have a huge year at wide receiver.