Alabama plans to start quarterback Blake Sims in its season opener vs. West Virginia on Saturday, a source told FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
The new was first reported by CBS Sports.
Sims, a senior from Gainesville, Ga., backed up former Tide starter AJ McCarron the past two seasons. Sims played in eight games in 2013, completing 18 of 29 passing attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards on 15 tries.
Sims was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2010. He was intensely recruited by then-Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin, although as a wide receiver. Kiffin is now the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Tuscaloosa under head coach Nick Saban.
Alabama’s other viable option at quarterback is Florida State transfer Jacob Coker, a junior who served as the backup to the Seminoles’ Heisman winner Jameis Winston last season.
Alabama has not made an official announcement on who will start Week 1.
Earlier in the week, Saban did employ a baseball analogy involving Yankees manager and friend Joe Girardi to indicate that the starter won’t be guaranteed of going the distance whatever the plan going into the game.
"I mean, Joe Girardi tells (Masahiro) Tanaka he’s starting in the game, he’s not telling him he’s going to pitch nine innings," he said. "Does he tell them that or does he just pitch until he doesn’t pitch well anymore?"