Alabama Crimson Tide: Blake Sims Blows Chance to Be Starter

By Tim Letcher

The annual “A-Day” game for the Alabama Crimson Tide was held on Saturday, and quarterback Blake Sims had his chance to shine. The senior-to-be headed into Saturday’s scrimmage with the most experience among the quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Theoretically, if Sims could have a strong game, especially against the always-tough Alabama defense, he could put himself in a strong position to compete for the starting job this fall.

But if head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin were looking for something special out of Sims, they didn’t get it. Sims passed for just 178 yards, 55 of which were on a touchdown pass to Chris Black. Sims also accounted for two interceptions, with just the one touchdown.

Sims had reportedly been playing well in Alabama’s closed scrimmages. There were reports that he had thrown for over 500 yards in those two scrimmages, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. But that was not the Sims that showed up on Saturday.

Now, as the quarterback competition continues, a new face will be added to the mix very soon. Jacob Coker, or Jake Coker as Saban calls him, will join the Crimson Tide in time for fall practice. Coker is a transfer who played last season for the Florida State Seminoles. Coker will definitely be in the mix for the starting job this fall. And after the performance by Sims on Saturday, Coker is probably the favorite.

Sims had a chance to have a say in the quarterback competition on Saturday, but he failed in his attempt to gain control of the situation. And for Sims, that may have been his final chance at the job.

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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