Blake Sims was recruited to Alabama as an athlete. He showed promise as a dual-threat tailback rushing and catching the football as a redshirt freshman. Last season he was named the backup quarterback behind starter A.J. McCarron and utilized primarily as a runner in the wildcat formation. The redshirt junior took advantage of his opportunity in the 45-3 Tide victory over the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium showing another skill - passing.
Alabama jumped out to a commanding 35-0 second quarter margin. Blake Sims was inserted to finish the game and had a career best day with completions, 14, attempts, 18 and passing yards, 130. He threw a 10-yard third quarter touchdown pass to Chris Black. The Tide head coach was impressed with the Georgia native (Gainesville HS).
"Blake (Sims) has made a significant improvement as a quarterback," said Nick Saban. "This is probably the first time that he's really played where we really allowed him to sort of run the offense. When we put him in there today, I said look I don't want to run any quarterback runs.
"He needs to run the offense just like he has to play. I thought he did a really good job."
Sims spoke to reporters after the game.