News:Phillip Sims is listed behind David Watford and Greyson Lambert on the Cavaliers pre-spring depth chart.
Analysis:Phillip Sims figured to have this job under control following the off season transfer of Michael Rocco, but will have to earn it between now and August.
News:Phillip Sims completed 8-of-17 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown Thursday against North Carolina.
Analysis:Phillip Sims' scoring pass was an ill-advised toss over the middle, and despite the score, Sims wasn't give much of an opportunity until later in the 2nd half. He'll continue splitting snaps with Michael Rocco next week in Blacksburg.
News:Phillip Sims completed 11-of-14 passes for 88 yards Saturday against Miami, while also rushing for six yards and a touchdown.
Analysis:Phillip Sims is splitting snaps with Michael Rocco now, zapping virtually all of his value. He's hit 19-of-24 passes since the time share began, and wouldn't be a bad option against a UNC defense that was just gashed for 65 points by Georgia Tech; if it weren't for the presence of Rocco.
News:Phillip Sims completed 22-of-39 passes for 253 yards, a touchdown and an interception Saturday against Wake Forest.
Analysis: Saturday was the first time Phillip Sims has played from start to finish, and the results were certainly mixed. He's not a great option outside of ACC circles.
News:Phillip Sims will remain the team's starter over Michael Rocco, according to the Daily Progress.
Analysis:Phillip Sims struggled Saturday against Maryland, completing just 13-of-38 passes for 139 yards, and a touchdown. He was sacked five times, fumbled and was intercepted. Sims and the Cavaliers get a much softer Wake Forest defense this weekend, and Sims should have a better outing.
News:Phillip Sims (medical) made a surprising appearance on the team's injury report, according to the Washington Times.
Analysis: This doesn't appear to be anything worth worrying over, and Phillip Sims should be under center Saturday.
News:Phillip Sims completed 21-of-42 passes for 268 yards at Duke on Saturday, and was intercepted twice.
Analysis:Phillip Sims struggled with accuracy, specifically going down the field. There's little excuse for Sims looking rusty, and it won't be easier than a depleted Duke defense. He's unlikely to fair better next weekend against Maryland.
News: Coach Mike London said Phillip Sims will "more than likely be the starter" during Wednesday's weekly media call, notes the school's Twitter feed.
Analysis: It's looking more like Phillip Sims' alleged leg injury is nothing to worry about, and more of a soft way of making a quarterback change. Sims has a juicy matchup at Duke Saturday, and figures to take this job and run with it.
News:Phillip Sims will be the Cavaliers starter Saturday at Duke, if his injured leg allows him to play, according to the Daily Press.
Analysis:Phillip Sims' injury is being described as a lower leg issue, and his status should be known as early as Tuesday's practice. Between Sims and Michael Rocco, this passing game has averaged 291 yards through five games, but Rocco has been plagued by turnovers. Sims could put up very usable numbers immediately.
News:Phillip Sims completed 10-of-17 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
Analysis: Starter Michael Rocco tossed three interceptions, and Phillip Sims nearly led the Cavaliers back from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit. Jerry Ratcliffe of the Daily-Progress is the first to speculate on a changing of the guard under center in Charlottesville.
News:Phillip Sims hit on just 5-of-12 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown Saturday at TCU.
Analysis:Phillip Sims looked to be in complete control of the offense early, but struggled to adjust. He didn't come on until the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers aren't going anywhere fast. It's time for Sims to see a lengthy look.
News:Phillip Sims completed 6-of-8 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Analysis: The game was out of reach, but Phillip Sims still moved the team efficiently in mop-up duty. He probably won't start next week at TCU, but his role figures to increase.
News:Phillip Sims is officially behind Michael Rocco as the Cavaliers start preparing for Richmond notes CBS Sports.
Analysis: Head coach Mike London hasn't hidden his affection for Phillip Sims' talent, and we expect he'll see enough snaps to contribute Saturday. It will still be an upset if Rocco starts every game of 2012.
News:Phillip Sims was granted a waiver to play in 2012 after transferring out of Alabama, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Michael Rocco was previously declared the definite starter at quarterback for Virginia, but there's little question that Phillip Sims, a former blue chip recruit, has a vast advantage in talent. Rocco has the experience, though, so it's tough to tell where this is going. In the meantime, the main point is to downgrade Rocco's value.
News: Alabama head coach Nick Saban says that Phillip Sims and A.J. McCarron will get snaps against North Texas. The two shared snaps in the season opener but last week against Penn State it was all McCarron.
Analysis: It is obvious that McCarron is the starter, but against North Texas, there will be plenty of garbage time for Sims.
News: Alabama head coach Nick Saban says that he thinks both A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims could play against North Texas.
Analysis: After his performance against Penn State, McCarron is the starter and the only reason that Sims is going to see the field is that this game will get lopsided in a hurry.
News: With no contribution from Phillip Sims, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron led his Crimson Tide to a victory over Penn State.
Analysis: After this performance it looks like McCarron has locked down the starting job.
News: Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter will miss another game, this time sitting out today's game at Penn State. In fact, the JUCO transfer did not even travel with the team to Happy Valley. This means more for Marquis Maze to do, as he finished last week with eight receptions for 118 yards and a score.
Analysis: One less weapon for the Alabama quarterback tandem of A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims, who combined to throw four interceptions last week.
News: Despite tallying over 250 all-purpose yards including 118 yards receiving and a score against Kent State, Alabama head coach Nick Saban says that receiver Marquis Maze hasn't been at 100 percent since the end of summer camp.
Analysis: As Maze gets healthier and quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims mature, the speedy receiver should only get better.
News: Alabama quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims didn't look too good against Kent State but statistically, McCarron outperformed his teammate. However, there is no word on any separation between the two at this time.
Analysis: Saban says that he will let this week of practice determine if one gets the bulk of the snaps over the other, but if McCarron doesn't seize the opportunity, we could see a timeshare again this weekend in Happy Valley.
News: As expected Alabama played both A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims in the opener against Kent State but with less-than-ideal results. McCarron looked decent throwing for 221 yards, one score, and two picks while Sims struggled throwing for just 73 yards and two more interceptions.
Analysis: McCarron should likely steal the starting spot after this game but he will need to shore up the aerial game for the Tide to compete in the grinder that is the SEC.
News: If you were hoping for some clarity on the quarterback race for Alabama, the newest depth chart kept things cloudy as ever. Phillip Sims and A.J. McCarron are both listed on the first team. One surprise was at receiver with DeAndrew White claimed a starting job.
Analysis: The star of the offense will be Trent Richardson but White has a bright future ahead of him.
News: With Julio Jones off to the NFL and Duron Carter in academic limbo, the Crimson Tide are looking for receiving targets for either Phillip Sims or A.J. McCarron. One big target is tight end Michael Williams, who Sims says is "a 6-6 target that really creates mismatches for everybody."
Analysis: A big tight end can be a new starting quarterback's best friend, so consider Williams as a late-round option in deeper BCS leagues.
News: Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White has been establishing himself as a go-to receiver in practices and could emerge as a feature receiver for either A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims.
Analysis: While Marquis Maze has the inside track to be the team's top target, White is fast approaching.
News: With Duron Carter still working on joining the team, senior wide receiver Marquis Maze is making the most of his opportunities as witnessed by his performance at Saturday's scrimmage. Maze finished with five catches for 123 yards and three scores.
Analysis: Maze is a burner and seems to be targeted by both A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims so he could end up being the team's top receiver over Carter and Darius Hanks.
News: For all intents and purposes it looks like there is little separation between Alabama quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims with Nick Saban saying "...I thought both quarterbacks played well when they had opportunities."
Analysis: McCarron is my bet to win the starting job, and I expect the Crimson Tide offense to resemble the smashmouth style of 2008.
News: While Blake Sims has been working out at quarterback and running back, the Crimson Tide do have one established role for him as the team's Wildcat quarterback.
Analysis: With A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims battling for the starting quarterback job, the Wildcat formation is a good way to get the athletic (Blake) Sims on the field.
News: Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed last week on the SiriusXM College Football Playbook that he will rotate quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims at the start of the season.
Analysis: The opener against Kent State shouldn't be much of a concern. But traveling to Happy Valley without a clear cut number one quarterback could be a more daunting task than Tide fans will care to admit.
News: The Crimson Tide got some good news wnhe linebacker Brent Calloway was cleared by the NCAA to enroll, as long as he completed a summer school class. But the Tide is still waiting on former Ohio State receiver Duron Carter. Carter's admission is being held up for the time being, but it could be cleared in time for classes Friday.
Analysis: ![CDATA[Carter is a big target who could help the Crimson Tide get over the loss of Julio Jones to the NFL. Carter will compete with Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze for passes, but he could also be a nice security blanket for either A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims.