MARTIN, Tenn. – Former University of Tennessee at Martin football player Quentin Sims inked a contract with the New England Patriots of the National Football League this afternoon.
Sims, who played at UT Martin from 2011-12 after transferring from Georgia Tech, had previously received a mini-camp tryout with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in late April before joining the Patriots, who have won three Super Bowl championships under head coach Bill Belichick since 2001.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native will go down as one of the most remarkable wideouts in Skyhawk history, earning All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades in both seasons (first team in 2012, second team and All-Newcomer in 2011). In just 22 games over two seasons, Sims accounted for 26 touchdown receptions, breaking the previous UT Martin all-time record of 17. He rounded out his UT Martin career with 140 receptions (third in program history) and 1,804 receiving yards (sixth in program history).
Sims earned 2012 All-American status by College Sporting News and the Sports Network after one of the top single-season performances by a wide receiver in Ohio Valley Conference history. The 6-3, 202-pounder shattered the previous OVC single-season mark with 16 touchdown catches, hauling in at least one touchdown in nine of the Skyhawks’ 11 contests. He piled up 1,092 receiving yards and had five games of at least 100 yards, which were both UT Martin single-season records. His 86 catches ranked as the second-highest total for a single-season in Skyhawk history.
The sure-handed Sims amassed five multi-touchdown games in his UT Martin career. That impressive list includes a five-touchdown effort against Jacksonville State on Nov. 3, 2012 which equaled an OVC single-game record. He also accumulated 176 yards to go along with three touchdowns against No. 23 Tennessee State on Nov. 17 of last season, which led to National Offensive Player of the Week accolades by College Sporting News and National Wide Receiver of the Week honors by College Football Performance Awards.
Sims becomes the third senior from the 2012 Skyhawks to have professional ties to the NFL. Teammate Montori Hughes was drafted in the fifth round (139th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts while Derek Carr – Sims’ quarterback – also received a mini-camp tryout with the New York Giants in early May.