While it is my understanding that Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims has been in school this month for “May term,” I just feel that some sort of announcement on Sims’ future is imminent.
My impression is that the likelihood of Sims returning next season is going down by the day.
Most observers viewed Sims as the likely starter after sharing the job last season with Michael Rocco, who transferred to Richmond in January, but red flags were raised when Sims was listed third behind redshirts David Watford and Greyson Lambert.
First-team reps were scarce for Sims during the practices I watched and he remained No. 3 when a post-spring depth chart was released.
Much has been made of Watford’s fanatical work ethic and it is natural to assume that Sims may not have spent as much time lifting weights or viewing film as Watford, but it’s what happens on the field in the fall that will decide the ultimate pecking order.
But will Sims be there in the fall?
Sims would not be in school right now if he were academically ineligible, but the fact that he’s attending class would suggest that he’s in catch-up mode. If an announcement comes that he will not be returning, it either will say that he’s ineligible or leave that impression.
After two years at Alabama, one as a redshirt, and a third year at Virginia, where he was fortunate in gaining immediate eligibility, Sims probably would not want to go through the transfer process again. I can’t see him leaving on his own.
His performance for the Cavaliers, when he passed for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games (but only four starts), would suggest that he’s capable of playing at the ACC level and competing for the UVa starting job.
If Sims were in good shape academically and had been showing as much dedication as the other QBs, how could he not be starting ahead of two players who didn’t play last year?