Alabama Crimson Tide: Blake Sims' Effort Won't Be Enough

By Tim Letcher

Saturday was a good day for Blake Sims. As he uses spring drills to try to become the starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Sims needs to show progress as often as he can. And in Saturday’s Crimson Tide scrimmage, he was able to do just that.

Sims connected on 16-of-23 passes for 227 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Those are pretty good numbers, especially considering they came against Alabama’s defense.

The one thing that could be an advantage for Sims could also be the thing that prevents him from being the starter. Sims, a former running back and wide receiver, has great mobility and has shown the ability to scramble and make plays. However, this largely goes against how Nick Saban generally likes to run his offense. Saban prefers a pocket passer like A.J. McCarron rather than someone who might escape the pocket and run. But could that change now that Lane Kiffin is the Tide’s offensive coordinator?

Sims is certainly in the lead in the spring quarterback competition, but that does not mean he will be the starter in the fall. That’s because Jake Coker will not arrive until the fall, and Coker figures to have a say in the competition. The transfer, formerly of the Florida State Seminoles, does fit the mold that Saban would prefer. And if Coker lives up to anywhere near his hype, he will be tough to beat out for the starting job.

At this point, Sims can only control the things that he can do. And he showed in Saturday’s scrimmage that he is getting better as a quarterback rather than just an athlete behind center.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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