Seminole legend, North Florida Christian product Ernie Sims joins FSU Football staff


TALLAHASSEE – Ernie Sims, an All-American linebacker at Florida State before being the No. 9 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, has joined the Florida State football staff as a defensive analyst, head coach Mike Norvell announced Monday.

“I am so happy to bring Ernie back home into this program,” Norvell said. “He was a tremendous player at Florida State and in the NFL, and he has a wealth of football knowledge and experience as a player and coach. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue enhancing our football staff as we work to put our players and coaches in the best position to be successful. Ernie will be able to positively impact our current team as well as future members of the Nole Family through his experiences as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation out of high school, an All-American at Florida State and a top-10 selection in the NFL Draft.”

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Sims has seven years of experience working on college staffs, all in the state of Florida, and most recently served as UCF’s linebackers coach in 2023. There, he guided Jason Johnson to first-team All-Big 12 recognition after Johnson’s total of 114 tackles ranked second in the Big 12 and 26th nationally. The Knights won six games in their first season in the Big 12 and played in the Gasparilla Bowl behind a defense that ranked in the top-five in the conference in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and sacks.

Sims was on staff at South Florida from 2020-22, spending the 2020 season as an analyst before being promoted to linebackers coach in 2021 and serving as the Bulls’ defensive coordinator for the final three games of the 2022 season. At South Florida, Sims coached Antonio Grier to second-team All-AAC recognition. Sims…

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Author : Tallahassee Democrat

Publish date : 2024-04-01 15:44:46

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