Sims battles for back-up QB role as likely starter looks on


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WALA)- “Nobody ever has a bad spring game, let’s start with that.”

That’s what Nick Saban said after a record breaking low A-Day crowd of 73,506, the smallest recorded crowd since Saban’s arrival and after Blake Sims awkwardly competed for the starting quarterback position as incoming QB contender Jacob Coker looked on.

Sims gained a lot of attention and praise after his seemingly efficient performances during spring scrimmages and in one practice, Sims connected with 24-of-39 passes for 288 yards.

“We recruited a guy, and Blake knows this and Blake embraced the guy before the game,” Saban said.Cooper Bateman

After that embrace, Sims no longer looked like that guy in spring practice who played with patience and confidence but, instead he appeared to be off balance connecting on only 13-of-30 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Red shirt Freshman Cooper Bateman out-shined Sims after going 11-of-24 for one touchdown and zero interceptions.

“I thought in the game he was trying to speed everything up a bit and he tried to speed up with it rather than stay in his rhythm. I think there’s a lot of things he could do to be an effective quarterback that he didn’t do in this game today,” Saban said.

Jacob CokerCoker is set to arrive in May on transfer after graduating from Florida State. Coker was a back up QB to Jameis Winston during the 2013-14 season. This was after a grueling summer long competition with Winston, one that nearly earned him the role of FSU starting quarterback.

Alabama kicks off the 2014-15 season against West Virgina on August, 30.

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