Blake Sims isn’t going to just hand the job to incoming FSU transfer Jacob Coker.
Sims continued to separate himself in Alabama’s spring quarterback race with another impressive performance during Saturday’s scrimmage. Nick Saban said Sims ‘showed a lot of command’ on the day.
Sims finished 24 of 39 for 288 yards and two touchdowns in yesterday’s scrimmage. He finished 16 of 23 passing with 227 yards and two touchdowns in the first scrimmage. Including both scrimmages, Sims is 40 of 62 (64.5 percent) for 515 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s showing progress and making a case to earn the job.
“Blake made probably three or four plays with his feet scrambling, and then making a play throwing the ball,” Saban said after yesterday’s scrimmage. “I know there were several third-down situations today where the front guys couldn’t get him on the ground, get him tagged, and he ended up scrambling around and made a play about three or four times. He’s doing a better job in the pocket. He’s been very accurate and his consistency has been good. So we’re pleased with Blake.”
It’s clear Sims gives Alabama a slightly different weapon than AJ McCarron: he’s mobile. He’s only played in mop-up duty, and we really don’t know how Sims would respond to any big-game pressure.
Even though Sims has emerged nicely this spring, it’s still Jacob Coker’s job to lose. If you believe the hype regarding Coker and how he pushed Heisman winner Jameis Winston last year, then you have to believe he’s the favorite to win the job. Coker has to be the favorite to take the keys to Saban’s offense.
But don’t count out Sims, because he’s going to fight with everything he has to win the job, and he’s showing offensive coordinator Land Kiffin and Saban he’s a solid option with his ability to scramble and make something happen when plays break down.
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