Alabama is two steps – big steps, to be sure -- from claiming a 16th national championship. The Crimson Tide offense revolves around getting the ball to 2014 All-America wide receiver Amari Cooper. Blake Sims is responsible for executing the throws with accuracy to the most dynamic offensive threat in the illustrious history of Alabama football. So far, the Gainesville, Ga., native has met the challenge with few miscues over the course of the season. Along the circuitous and well-documented journey, he has carved out his own piece of Crimson Tide folklore by leading the team to the first ever College Football Playoff.
Ohio State presents another opportunity for Sims and the 15th ranked total offense of the Crimson Tide to expand the celebrated narrative. The Big Ten champions are the 14th rated total defense nationally yet only fourth in the league behind Wisconsin (3rd), Michigan State (6th) and Michigan (10th).
His maturity level was accelerated and enhanced by the addition of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Sims endured the self-doubt and early season skeptics to throw for a single-season school record of 3,250 yards. Even though he was far down the depth chart, transferring was never considered. Friendships developed with teammates bolstered his resolve to stay with a known winner.
He expressed the desire to reach a dream. Two more victories will earn him a lifetime membership into the prestigious fraternity reserved for former Alabama quarterbacks revered for leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship.
Among the topics ’BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com and assembled media heard Sims address were his first start against West Virginia played at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 30, his thoughts on the semifinal game against Ohio State, and the underlying motivation to prove forever he could be the quarterback for Nick Saban and company.