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Phillip Sims addresses future with Alabama

There’s no way Phillip Sims’ season went as planned.

The redshirt freshman was half of a tightly contested competition for the starting quarterback job before AJ McCarron quietly won the job.

Sims played sparingly in eight games to complete 18 of 28 passes. All year he’s been a snap away from the job he fought to win.

But questions about his future with Alabama persist with McCarron holding two addition years of eligibility after this season.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Sims said. “I’ve been trying to work through the season and learn some things and see how things go. I’m here now. I’m enjoying myself in the national championship. We have a big chance to go out and put on a show Monday night, so I’m excited about what we have going here.

“Anything else, I’m not too concerned about that right now.”

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Saban updates QB situation

AJ McCarron directs traffic against Kent State. (Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.)

Two days before kicking off in State College, the Alabama quarterback competition remains unresolved.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he’s shooting to solidify the game plan with AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims by Thursday.

“Both guys are working hard,” Saban said. “Both guys have a good attitude about what they’re trying to do and both guys are preparing well for the game.”

That fits the timetable Saban discussed Monday when he said progress made during the week would factor into one, or possibly both playing Saturday at Penn State.

His weekly radio show airs live starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. I’d listen.


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Four QBs set to play Saturday at Penn State (with links)

No, Alabama, you’re not alone. Penn State faces a similar quarterback battle that’s now in its second year. Here’s what I wrote about the situation in today’s print edition (with a corrected third paragraph):

TUSCALOOSA — The weather for State College, Pa., on Saturday afternoon calls for room temperatures and maybe a few showers.

That’s far from the muggy conditions Alabama used to its advantage a year ago when Penn State visited the Deep South.

Don’t expect such easy sledding when Alabama travels to Big Ten country for the first time in 22 years Saturday, Tide coach Nick Saban said. But like Alabama, the Nittany Lions are still sorting out a quarterback competition entering game week.

“Penn State is a very, very good team, a much different team than we played a year ago,” Saban said. “They seem like they play faster. I think the circumstances down here — it was real hot — probably affected them a little bit. They have more experience. The quarterbacks are playing better, which is probably the biggest key offensively.”

The Nittany Lions used two players under center in Saturday’s opener.

That continued a competition that dates back to last season. Rob Bolden, who started Penn State’s 24-3 loss in Tuscaloosa last September, was the first on the field for the Lions in their 41-7 win over Indiana State of the Football Championship Subdivision on Saturday. He completed 6 of 12 passes for 37 yards, while fellow quarterback Matt McGloin came off the bench to connect on 6 of 8 attempts for 77 yards for the run-heavy offense.

The mystery surrounding Alabama’s own quarterback competition remains, though Saban said a resolution was possible by the end of this week.

“We’re not going to name a starting quarterback today,” Saban said. “Later in the week as we see how the two guys practice, we’ll make a determination as to which guy will give us the best opportunity in this particular game or if there’s some kind of combination of the two that would be helpful and useful to us we’ll look at the option of doing that.”

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The topic was also addressed extensively by newspapers up in Pennsylvania. Here’s a sampling of what they wrote.


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Saban assess QB situation entering Penn State week

Like usual, Nick Saban wasn’t waiting for the question about quarterbacks in his Monday news conference. He got right to the point in his opening statement on a soggy Labor Day in Tuscaloosa.

“We’re going to continue to develop both of the quarterbacks that we have. I’m not going to name a starting quarterback today. And later in the week as we see the two guys practice, we’ll make a determination as to which guy will give us the best opportunity in this particular game …”

So does that mean the position will be determined by Saturday’s kick off in Happy Valley? Will it be AJ McCarron? Phillip Sims? Saban continues.

“Or, if there’s some combination of the two that would be helpful and useful to us, we’ll look at the option of doing that. I think the most important thing that we want to focus on with both quarterbacks is what do we need to do to play as well as you’re capable of playing and continuing to improve and work through with both guys the importance of doing the little things right and the fundamental things right so you can play the way you’re capable of playing.

“I think both guys are capable of playing better than they did, not that we’re disappointed in either one of them. But, we still fell like we have two really good players at that position and both of those guys will continue to develop and help us somewhere down the road.”

To sum it up, maybe they’ll be one starter by Saturday. Maybe not. The depth chart distributed today lists McCarron and Sims as co-starters.

Stay tuned. This one isn’t over yet.

 


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Tide QBs to lose magic ‘force field’ Saturday

Watch any of the practice videos on this sight and you’ll see the Alabama quarterbacks don a different wardrobe on a daily basis. Instead of the white jersey worn by the rest of the offense, the black shirts act as a stop sign for defenders looking to make a hit.

Crimson Tide offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim McElwain refers to its as their “force field.”

AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims have yet to take a hit this August, or in the spring for that matter. Here’s my examination of the matter that ran in print today:

TUSCALOOSA — Take the snap. Drop back. Survey the field.

That part won’t change from practice to the game for Alabama’s co-starting quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims. What comes next is a different story.

Those black non-contact jerseys won’t travel down Bear Bryant Drive from the training grounds to the stadium. No, against Kent State in the 11:21 a.m., Saturday opener, the Tide quarterbacks will be facing live fire for the first time in a while.

For the redshirt freshman Sims, he’s yet to see a pass rusher with permission to take him down in college. McCarron took a few hits as a backup a year ago, but from the spring through August practice, he’s shared the protective shield granted to quarterbacks. That added dimension is just one storyline facing the two most analyzed passers in the state these days.

Head coach Nick Saban knows the variables change when the games count.

“I look out there on the practice field lots of days and say, ‘Would that guy have made that decision if he was going to get splattered on that play?’ ” Saban said. “There are some disadvantages to putting a black shirt on a quarterback and not allowing him to get hit.”

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Quarterbacks embrace competition, even like each other

For eight months, nothing but silence from the two Alabama quarterbacks competing for a job. Shielded from reporters, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims were the center of attention, but could say little about the speculation.

The dam broke Sunday when the two spoke about the dynamic. The quarterback story was a must for Monday’s paper. Here’s a preview:

TUSCALOOSA — AJ McCarron keeps hearing about his rivalry with Phillip Sims.

They hate each other, supposedly. Strange, McCarron thinks. He actually likes the quarterback with whom he’s competing for the starting job at Alabama. Really, it’s possible, he promised.

After months without speaking publicly about the red-hot topic, both sides had their say Sunday.

Turns out, the two enjoy each other’s company and the challenge presented. All the talk is just that, McCarron said.

“Me and him just laugh it off. It’s nothing like that,” he said. “We both know that we’re very good quarterbacks, and we’re both confident in our play and we don’t let ‘He said, she said, blah blah blah …’

“Nothing bothers us. We’re good. We’re friends.”

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Watch extended interviews with Sims and McCarron.

Then vote on the poll.

 

Then finally, buy a newspaper. It’s worth your while.


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Video of Phillip Sims talking quarterback competition

Phillip Sims talks quarterback competition for the first time. Enjoy.


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The best QB for the job

It’s almost time for the first football practice of the preseason. The engines are fueling here at HQ. The coverage is about to hit the fifth and sixth gear.

So, in that spirit, why not address the elephant in the room. After spring practice, readers offered this assessment of the quarterback competition between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims.

Now heading into the real practices, have you changed your mind? Has your opinion evolved? Vote again if you like.

 


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Video of Alabama quarterbacks practicing

Take your best guess as to who is leading the quarterback competition by watching AJ McCarron (12) and Phillip Sims (14) practice Monday afternoon.

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Video of Alabama quarterbacks at spring practice

Here is some Zapruder film quality footage of Alabama’s quarterback’s practice this afternoon in Tuscaloosa. If you can see numbers, AJ McCarron is No. 12, Phillip Sims is No. 14 and Phillip Ely is No. 12.

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Glancing ahead: A look at spring football quarterbacks

This is the first of a series  previewing spring football that ran in Tuesday’s edition of The Decatur Daily. Quarterbacks are first. Receivers and tight ends come next.

The general scene: For two years, Greg McElroy was a security blanket. Alabama’s pro-style offense didn’t need a show dog behind center.

Safe.

But not flashy.

McElroy still piled up numbers in the run-happy history of Alabama football. His 2,987 passing yards last fall was a single-season record, and his 39 career touchdown passes rank third behind John Parker Wilson (47) and Brodie Croyle (41).

But now he’s gone. Two players stand in line to fill the void left behind by the Rhodes Scholarship finalist now chasing an NFL career.

So who takes the place of the player who guided a national championship run in 2009? It is a two-man race with a presumed front-runner entering spring practice starting next Monday.

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VIDEO: Running backs, receivers practice

Alabama is practicing inside today, and before you ask, Mark Ingram was not spotted during the media viewing period. Don’t be confused in the video posted below, the No. 22 is on the scout team. IT IS NOT MARK INGRAM.

Next, here are the receivers led by Julio Jones, Earl Alexander (82) and Brandon Gibson (11) with quarterbacks AJ McCarron (10), Phillip Sims (14) and Greg McElroy (12).

VIDEO: Running backs (minus Ingram) and receivers

There was no sign of Mark Ingram at Wednesday afternoon’s practice. The Tide practiced indoors on this sunny, pleasant September afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

Here’s a quick look at the healthy running backs plus the receivers and quarterbacks throwing a few quick routes.