One of the biggest bright spots during last Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan, Michigan State tight end Dion Sims, was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Wednesday for his career performance in his team's 23-7 victory.
A 6'5 junior from Detroit, Sims hauled in six passes for a career-high 112 yards receiving, and helped the Spartans pull away in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Andrew Maxwell. As a star basketball player coming out of high school, Sims' frame and athleticism have instantly made him the go-to option in Maxwell's first year under center.
Though he caught three touchdowns in each of his first two seasons under Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, Sims already has tallied career-highs in both receptions (22) and yards (277) to go along with a pair of scores after just four games.
With the majority of Michigan State's young receivers struggling to find consistency in a run-oriented offense, it's looking like Sims should remain the team's No.1 option through the air for remainder of the season.