Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Sims not such a bad option for Alabama
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) runs past Georgia State safety Arington Jordan during the Tide's homecoming win in 2013. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) runs past Georgia State safety Arington Jordan during the Tide's homecoming win in 2013. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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If Jacob Coker doesn't work out as Alabama's next quarterback, would Blake Sims be that bad of an option?

Coker is the hot commodity these days. It appears a foregone conclusion that the Florida State quarterback will take over the Crimson Tide offense next season.

But what if Coker doesn't transfer to Alabama after the spring semester? Or, what if he lands in Tuscaloosa, and Alabama's coaches discover he isn't what they wanted after all?

Few seem willing to think about the possibility of Sims, a senior-to-be, as Alabama's starting quarterback. Former walk-on Luke Del Rio got more support outside the program than Sims ... at least until Del Rio transferred to Oregon State.

Sims has worked behind the graduated AJ McCarron for two years, and at this point, his biggest drawback appears to be that he isn't the tall pocket passer that all of Nick Saban's starting quarterbacks have been at Alabama.

Sims is only 6-foot-0, shorter than all of Saban's former starters John Parker Wilson (6-2), Greg McElroy (6-2) and McCarron (6-4). Coker is 6-5 and 230 pounds.

While Sims doesn't have the height to sit back behind his line and pick out receivers as McCarron did, he does have speed. He would give Alabama the running threat it hasn't had at quarterback in a decade. He has a decent arm, too.

Auburn had someone like that this season and rode him to the national championship game.

We're not saying the job belongs to Sims or that he even deserves it at this point. But would he be that bad?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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