After a career spent as a backup, Blake Sims started his first game for the Crimson Tide against West Virginia. Sims led Alabama to a 33-23 win, and earned our first Player of the Week nod of the 2014 season.
Sims broke records for the most attempts (33) and most completions (24) by any Alabama quarterback in his first start. He threw for 250 yards, and save for one interception had no major errors.
Make no mistake; his performance was not a superstar outing like the debut of Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill last week. But considering the patience and loyalty to the team he has exhibited in his career, not to mention having to practice and prepare amidst the hype for Jacob Coker, Sims earned our respect in his debut performance.
Nick Saban said in his postgame comments that he told Coker to warm up when he saw Sims had become rattled. But the senior settled down, and with the help of a brief switch to the no-huddle by Lane Kiffin, retook control of the offense.
Sims has earned the start against Florida Atlantic, although Coker will likely see action. He’s also earned our admiration for performing his duties with skill and class in a white-hot spotlight of Alabama football.