As I mentioned in my Big 12 summer power rankings this week, West Virginia lost a ton of talent from its prolific offense in 2012.
In addition to quarterback Geno Smith, the Mountaineers lost receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin, so head coach Dana Holgorsen certainly was looking for playmakers to step into his offense and produce right away.
The program received very good news on Friday when former Houston running back Charles Sims decided to finish his college career in Morgantown, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports. Sims had also considered transferring to Cal.
Sims, who led the Cougars in rushing last season with 851 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games, graduated from Houston and will be eligible to play immediately for West Virginia.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this addition for WVU is the fact that Sims caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns last fall. Over his career with the Cougars, Sims had 158 receptions in three years. So there's no question that Holgorsen will gets Sims heavily involved in the team's passing attack, moreso than WVU's leading rusher from last year, junior Andrew Buie.
So while the Mountaineers will be fielding a new quarterback, a new receiving corps and a questionable offensive line, Sims gives the program a dependable playmaker ready to produce immediately. And that's big for a team in a bit of a transitional year.