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Blake Sims | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208

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Alabama QB Blake Sims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.
Sims joins ECU's Shane Carden as the only two acceptances at the position. Many have doubted Sims throughout the season. In fact, one non-SEC coach told ESPN he thinks Sims is "terrible." Or was, I guess. Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size. Dec 11 - 10:49 AM

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Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims was named the MVP of the SEC Championship following his team's 42-13 win over Missouri.

Sims was ultra-efficient in completing 24-of-27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. It certainly helped that Missouri's Shane Ray was ejected in the second quarter for leveling a late hit on the quarterback. Sims stood in tough and hit DeAndrew White for a 58-yard touchdown on the play, tossing a perfectly thrown ball deep down the middle. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that Sims had "intriguing tools," writing that his arm strength and athleticism, coupled with his toughness, at least somewhat off-set the fact that he's still raw as a passer. An NFL team might take a chance on him in the late rounds.
Dec 6 - 8:20 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "has intriguing tools that could make him a late rounder next spring," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes.

"With only a dozen starts under his belt, he is still unrefined in several areas, leading defenders to his intended targets and struggling to consistently work through his reads when the initial progression isn't there. But Sims has the arm strength, athleticism and resilient attitude that keep me from giving up on his NFL future," Brugler writes. While some may question his size and decision-making, Brugler believes Sims wins with his mobility, and "does a terrific job moving the pocket and extending plays with his legs, stressing defenders in coverage."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 4 - 3:42 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that scouts would "appreciate" the throws that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims made against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Sims completed 19-of-31 passes for 211 yards. On the surface, it doesn't look very impressive, but Rang believes that "timing and difficulty" of the senior's passes would stand out to scouts. The CBS analyst noted that Sims "showed impressive poise at the most critical moments in this contest, including running and throwing for first downs on a demoralizing 15-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter," and that the senior "showed touch on deep passes down the middle as well as impressive arm strength to the perimeter." Sims is capable of making the right decisions and the hard throws, but it should be remembered that he also has one heck of a safety blanket in receiver Amari Cooper, who very few corners can cover.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 16 - 4:39 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 20-of-45 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

The 45 passing attempts were 12 more than he had attempted in a game this season. As you might be able to tell by the relatively low yardage total, Sims wasn't averaging many yards on his throws. Just 4.94. He hooked up with junior wideout Amari Cooper in the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass, though Cooper did most of the work there. Some analysts, like CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, like Sims, but it's hard to envision him running an NFL offense.
Nov 9 - 7:46 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims has played well for someone who wasn't even expected to have the job in the preseason.

Davis noted that despite a bumpy road at times--such as an ugly loss to Ol' Miss--Sims has played better of late. "I think he's played some of his best football since then," wrote Davis. "I'm not ready to place Sims in the pantheon of great Alabama QBs, but he certainly has given scouts something to think about in what will be his first and only season at the helm of Nick Saban's offense." This reads as somewhat lukewarm praise. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has previously written that Sims deserves more attention as a draftable prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 5:34 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims plans on working on his "footwork and getting the ball out faster."

"Just keep working on my footwork and getting the ball out faster," Sims told Greg McElroy on his Sirius XM radio show. "I think one thing that everybody's going to see that I'm working on right now that they will see at LSU is that I will be getting the ball out much faster." The Crimson Tide prospect completed 14-of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win against Tennessee. Sims also rushed six times for 42 yards and added a score on the ground.
Source: Al.com
Oct 29 - 2:52 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 16-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win against Texas A&M.

He didn't throw an interception and added 54 yards and a score on the ground. Sims had struggled in the school's past two games -- both road trips -- leading many to sour on him and pine for backup Jake Coker. A non-SEC coach told ESPN last week that Sims "is terrible." That probably wasn't fair. Sims has been outstanding at home in 2014, and has struggled on the road. Sounds like most first-year starting QBs.
Oct 18 - 10:35 PM

A non-SEC coach told ESPN that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "is terrible."

ESPN's Travis Haney opens his weekly column with a shocking stat: Over the past five years, Alabama ranks No. 3 in yards per play, behind only Oregon and Baylor. This season, the Crimson Tide are averaging 1.5 less yards per play (4.9) than their average from 2009-2013. The analyst believes teams will continue to stack the box and force Alabama to throw, not Sims' forte. "It’s obvious to everyone with a pulse that [Jacob] Coker is the more physically gifted player," Haney wrote. "By the time he was given a chance, against Florida Atlantic in the middle of the second game, he had too much to overcome and pressed. How could anyone be comfortable in that situation? Everything was stacked against him. Even the ESPN crew doing the game, including Heisman-winning QB Andre Ware, was over-the-top pro-Sims. From there, Sims gained more momentum. But things have changed, as noted by the drop in yards per play. It could be time for Alabama to re-evaluate."
Oct 14 - 7:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims hurt his draft stock as he "couldn't find sustained success against the Rebels' active and athletic defense."

"While Ole Miss-Alabama carried significant impact regarding the college football playoff, it also was important for both starting senior quarterbacks. Wallace was good, but it was a different story for Sims, who couldn't find sustained success against the Rebels' active and athletic defense," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 208-pound Sims completed 19 of 31 passes for 228 yards in Alabama's 23-17 loss to Ole Miss. Sims noted that the sprained AC joint he was dealing with wasn't an issue.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 4:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "deserves more attention as a draftable NFL prospect."

"Sims deserves more attention as a draftable NFL prospect. He's short, but is showing life in his arm and confidence in his throws," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-0, 208-pound Sims, completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win over Florida. So far this season, Sims completed 72 percent of his passes, while throwing for close to 1100 yards with eight touchdowns. Brugler notes that the Crimson Tide prospect needs "to show he's more than a product of the offense."
Oct 1 - 2:23 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban feels that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims is OK (shoulder) and will be ready to go this week versus Ole Miss.

"Saban: Blake Sims (shoulder) was able to throw the ball some. Was on pitch count. We feel like he's OK and will be ready to go this week," Burnett tweeted. The Crimson Tide prospect was dealing with a shoulder injury last week that was believed to be a bruised AC joint. Sims is putting together an impressive season so far, completing 72 percent of his passes, while throwing for close to 1100 yards with eight touchdowns.
Sep 29 - 2:46 PM

A statistical change to Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims' rushing total from last Saturday's game versus Florida left him with the school record for most total yards in a game.

We'll kick it to AL.com for the explanation: "On his second-quarter fumble, Sims was inaccurately docked 33 rushing yards — the distance between the line of scrimmage (Florida’s 32-yard line) and where Florida ultimately finished with it (Alabama’s 35). Sims, though, should only have been docked 6 — the distance between the line of scrimmage and where it was recovered (Florida’s 38)." That change left Sims with 484 yards total, beating Scott Hunter's total of 457 yards in 1969. Sims had been tied with Hunter prior to the adjustment. Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the victory.
Source: AL.com
Sep 23 - 9:15 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims proved he can effectively throw the ball down the field in Saturday's win against Florida, wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"The skeptics wondered if Sims was capable of pushing the ball down the field after watching the senior rely on a 'dink-and-dunk' approach during the first three weeks of the season," Brooks wrote. "The doubts should subside after watching Sims put up a 400-yard effort against Florida." Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win. "He attacked the Gators' secondary with a barrage of throws to Amari Cooper, including a 79-yard touchdown on a bomb down the middle of the field," Brooks wrote. "With Sims also taking deep shots to Kenyan Drake and others against the Gators, opponents must defend the entire field when taking on the Crimson Tide."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 7:37 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said redshirt senior QB Blake Sims (shoulder) will be limited in practice this week.

Saban said earlier in the day Monday that Sims' shoulder injury -- a bruised AC joint -- was similar to AJ McCarron's last year. "(McCarron) took a few days where he practiced but didn't throw much then started putting him on a pitch count and started bringing him back," Saban said. "But having a bye week is probably a good thing from that perspective." McCarron didn't miss a game, and Sims isn't expected to either. Perhaps he'll be a full participant in practices after the bye week.
Sep 22 - 6:09 PM