Blake Sims

Blake Sims (born January 3, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[1] He played college football at Alabama and was the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback in 2014.

Blake Sims
No. 6 – Birmingham Iron
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:January 3, 1992 (age 27)
Gainesville, Georgia
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Gainesville
(Gainesville, Georgia)
College:Alabama
Undrafted:2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Sims attended Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia, where he played football and ran track. He played quarterback for head coach Bruce Miller, leading Gainesville to a 14–1 record and a state runner-up finish. He threw for 2,785 yards as a junior in 2008 while rushing for 822 yards and 15 scores. As a senior, he threw for 2,288 yards with 28 touchdowns, and rushed for 863 yards and 13 touchdowns. He twice earned AAA All-State honors by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press (AP) in 2009.

In track & field, Sims was one of the state's top sprinters. At the 2009 Gainesville Tri Meet vs Buford/Clarke Central, he won the long jump event, recording a jump of 6.58 meters. At the '2009 "Flowery Branch, West Hall, Johnson, Gainesville, Chestatee Meet", he earned first-place finishes in both the 100 meters (10.85 s) and 200 meters (21.84 s).[2] He won the 100 meters at the 2010 Battle at The Branch Invitational, at 10.84.[3] He had a personal-best time of 10.69 seconds in the 100 meters.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Sims was ranked as the No. 33 athlete in the nation. He was also rated eighth in the AJC's 2010 Top 50 prospects in Georgia, No. 43 player by SuperPrep. He chose Alabama over scholarship offers from Tennessee, Georgia, FSU and Michigan.[4]

College career

After spending 2010 to 2013 as a running back and backup quarterback, Sims started his first career game during the opener of his senior season in 2014 after beating Jake Coker for the job.[5][6] On September 20, 2014, he threw for 445 yards against Florida, which was the second most in school history behind Scott Hunter's 484 in 1969.[7] On December 6, 2014 Sims broke the Alabama single season passing yards record which was held by AJ McCarron.[8] In 14 starts, he passed for 3,487 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He lost in the semifinals to Ohio State, which later won the championship.

Passing statistics
Season GP–GS Comp–Att Pct. Yards TD INT Long Avg/G
2012 10–0 5–10 50.0 77 0 0 35 9.6
2013 13–0 18–29 62.1 167 2 0 26 20.9
2014 14–14 252–391 64.4 3,487 28 10 87 249.1
Rushing statistics:
Season GP–GS Att Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
2011 5–0 22 107 4.9 0 45 21.40
2012 10–0 30 187 6.2 2 36 18.70
2013 13–0 15 61 4.1 0 11 7.63
2014 14–14 78 350 4.5 7 43 25.0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
218 lb
(99 kg)
4.57 s 1.67 s 2.70 s 7.15 s 30 12 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
3-cone from Alabama Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine[9]

Sims was not drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, thus becoming a free agent. He was offered an opportunity to try out with the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins as a running back.[10][11] He was not offered a contract by either team.

Toronto Argonauts

Sims was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on May 28, 2015[12] and released June 7, 2015.[13]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Sims was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on July 29, 2015. He was cut September 15, 2015. He was on the active roster for one game due to injuries. Roughriders traded quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes October 14, 2015. Sims was resigned to replace Glenn on October 22, 2015. Saskatchewan Roughriders added Sims their roster as #3 quarterback. Sims was on Riders roster, but never got to play for Saskatchewan. He was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on December 15, 2015.

Wollongong Devils

In July 2016, Sims left North America for Australia to continue his professional football career with the Wollongong Devils of the National Gridiron League.[14]

Atlanta Falcons

On September 13, 2016, Sims was signed to the Falcons' practice squad.[15] He was released on September 23.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On December 28, 2016, Sims was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.[16] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on January 2, 2017.[17] He was waived on August 28, 2017.[18]

Birmingham Iron

After his release by the Buccaneers, Sims was assigned to the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football. In the league's quarterback draft on November 27, he was retained by the Iron with their second-round selection.[19][20] He was placed on injured reserve on February 27, 2019.

References

  1. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Birmingham Iron adds players from Alabama, UAB, South Alabama". al.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Flowery Branch, West Hall, Johnson, Gainesville, Chestatee". MileSplit GA.
  3. ^ "Battle at The Branch Invitational". MileSplit GA.
  4. ^ "Blake Sims".
  5. ^ "Nick Saban names Blake Sims starter for Alabama's season opener". AL.com.
  6. ^ "West Virginia vs. Alabama – Game Recap – August 30, 2014 – ESPN". ESPN.
  7. ^ "Nobody wanted Lane Kiffin, nobody respected Blake Sims and nobody stops them now". AL.com.
  8. ^ "Blake Sims sets Alabama single-season passing yards record". BamaOnLine.
  9. ^ "Blake Sims". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ex-Alabama QB Blake Sims receiving praise during tryout with Packers". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Redskins passing on Blake Sims; ex-Alabama QB still in search of first NFL job". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "Argos sign former Crimson Tide QB Sims". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "Argos release ex-Alabama QB Sims". Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  14. ^ https://aussiefaithful.com/blake-sims-signs-wollongong-devils/
  15. ^ "Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims joins NFL team". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (December 28, 2016). "Johnson Promoted as Sims Hits IR". Buccaneers.com.
  17. ^ Smith, Scott (January 2, 2017). "Bucs Re-Sign Six from Practice Squad". Buccaneers.com.
  18. ^ Smith, Scott (August 28, 2017). "Buccaneers Sign DEs Abdesmad, Ekpe". Buccaneers.com.
  19. ^ Wilson, Ryan (November 27, 2018). "Alliance of American Football QB Draft: Aaron Murray, Christian Hackenberg highlight QBs taken". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Inabinett, Mark (November 27, 2018). "Birmingham Iron picks Luis Perez, Blake Sims in AAF quarterback draft". The Birmingham News. Retrieved November 27, 2018.

External links

2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football season. It marked the Crimson Tide's 118th overall season of playing college football, 79th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and 21st within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his sixth year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It finished the season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss (13–1 overall, 7–1 in the SEC), as SEC champion and as consensus national champion after it defeated Notre Dame in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game.

After they captured the 2011 national championship, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2012 and completed spring practice the following April. With twelve returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered the 2012 season as the defending national champions, ranked as the number two team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division and compete for both the SEC and national championships. The Crimson Tide opened the season with nine consecutive victories that included one over Michigan at a neutral site and a come-from-behind victory on the road at Louisiana State University (LSU). In their tenth game, Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, and dropped to the number four position in the rankings. However, after a series of upsets and victories in their final three games that included winning the SEC Championship over Georgia, Alabama qualified for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, where they won 42–14 and captured the 2012 national championship.

At the conclusion of the season, the Alabama defense led the nation in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense and ranked 7th in passing defense. Offensively, the Alabama offense ranked 12th in scoring offense, 16th in rushing offense, 31st in total offense and 75th in passing offense. Starting quarterback AJ McCarron was ranked first nationally in pass efficiency. Additionally, several players were recognized for their individual accomplishments on the field. Starting center Barrett Jones won both the Rimington Trophy and the William V. Campbell Trophy, and was named as the Academic All-America of the Year; defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. Also, five players were named to various All-America Teams with Jones and C. J. Mosley being consensus selections and Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack being unanimous selections.

2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 119th overall season, 80th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 22nd within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his seventh year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of eleven wins and two losses (11–2 overall, 7–1 in the SEC) and with a loss in the 2014 Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma.

After they captured the 2012 national championship, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2013 and completed spring practice the following April. With thirteen returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered the 2013 season as the two-time defending national champions, ranked as the number one team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division, the SEC and national championships. The Crimson Tide opened the season with eleven consecutive victories that included one over Virginia Tech at a neutral site, against Texas A&M in a game that saw many team records broken and an emotional victory over Louisiana State University (LSU) at Bryant–Denny Stadium. In their twelfth game, Alabama was upset by Auburn. The loss, in a game known since as "Kick Six," kept the Crimson Tide out of the SEC Championship Game. Although they did not qualify to play for their third consecutive national championship with a final BCS ranking of third, Alabama did accept an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. Against Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide lost 45–31.

At the conclusion of the season, Alabama's defense was nationally ranked near the top in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and ranked passing defense. Offensively, the Alabama offense ranked 17th in scoring offense, 24th in rushing offense, 33rd in total offense and 49th in passing offense. Additionally, several players were recognized for their individual accomplishments on the field. C. J. Mosley won the Butkus Award as the top collegiate linebacker; AJ McCarron won both the Maxwell Award as the overall player of the year and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top senior quarterback. Also, four players were named to various All-America Teams with C. J. Mosley being a unanimous selection and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Cyrus Kouandjio being consensus selections.

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It marked the Crimson Tide's 120th overall season, 81st as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 23rd within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his eighth year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Alabama Crimson Tide were 12–2 overall and 7–1 in SEC regular season. The Crimson Tide won the SEC Western Division title for the tenth time, advancing to their ninth SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Missouri 42–13. The Crimson Tide played in the inaugural College Football Playoff as the #1 seed, netting a berth in the CFP semifinal 2015 Sugar Bowl, where they were defeated by the #4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes 42–35.

2014 All-SEC football team

The 2014 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2014 Southeastern Conference football season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide won the conference, beating the Missouri Tigers 42 to 13 in the SEC Championship. The Crimson Tide then lost in the College Football Playoff Semifinal to the eventual national champion, the Ohio State Buckeyes 42 to 35.

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, a unanimous AP selection, was voted the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was voted the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2014 SEC Championship Game

The 2014 SEC Championship Game was played on Saturday, December 6, 2014, in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, and determined the 2014 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game was played between Western Division Champion Alabama and Eastern Division Champion Missouri. Missouri was the designated home team, and the game was televised by CBS for the fourteenth straight year. In the game, Alabama defeated Missouri 42–13 and captured their 24th SEC football championship.

2015 Sugar Bowl

The 2015 Sugar Bowl was a college football game that was played on January 1, 2015 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was the 81st Sugar Bowl, and a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Allstate insurance company, the game was officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

In the game, the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 42–35. The Buckeyes advanced to the College Football Playoff Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks, which was played January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The contest was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with a radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Kickoff time was set for 8:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, but was delayed until after the end of the Rose Bowl.

2019 AAF QB Draft

The 2019 AAF QB Draft was the inaugural draft of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for the 2019 season. The draft was a four-round quarterback draft where clubs were allowed to "protect or pick" from the selection. It was held on November 27, 2018, at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

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Passing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by quarterbacks. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2010 to 2013 seasons, AJ McCarron graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). Alabama's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, holds the record for passing yards in a single season, with 3,966 yards in 2018. Tagovailoa also holds the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, with 43 in 2018. John Parker Wilson holds the record for completions in a single season (255), set during the 2007 season. Scott Hunter holds the record for passing yards in a single game (484), set against Auburn in 1969; Gary Hollingsworth holds the school's record for most completions in a game (32), set against Tennessee and shares the record for touchdowns in a game (5), set against Ole Miss during the 1989 season. Tagovailoa tied the record for touchdowns in a game in the 2018 Iron Bowl against Auburn.Rushing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball rushing. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1996 to 1999 seasons, Shaun Alexander graduated as Alabama's career leader in rushes (727) and rushing yardage (3,565), though his yardage record was broken by Derrick Henry, who accrued 3,591 rushing yards from 2013 to 2015. Mark Ingram Jr. holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (42), set during his career that spanned from 2008 to 2010; this record has since been tied by Derrick Henry. All three major single-season rushing records were set by Henry in 2015: rushes (395), yards (2,219), and touchdowns (28). Single-game records include Henry for rushes (46) set against Auburn during the 2015 season in which he won the Heisman Trophy; Alexander for yardage (291) set against LSU during the 1996 season; and both Alexander and Santonio Beard for touchdowns (5) set against BYU and Ole Miss during the 1998 and 2002 seasons respectively.Receiving leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball by catching Forward passes. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2004 to 2007 seasons, D. J. Hall graduated as Alabama's career leader in receptions (194) and receiving yardage (2,923). Amari Cooper holds the record for career receiving touchdowns (20), set during his career that spanned from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Receiving single-season records include Julio Jones with receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,133), and Amari Cooper with touchdown receptions (11) set during the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively. Single game records for receptions (13) was set against Tennessee during the 2007 season by Hall and against Florida Atlantic during the 2014 season by Cooper; Jones for yardage (221) set against Tennessee during the 2010 season; and Homan, Michael Vaughn and Al Lary for touchdown receptions (3).In addition to offensive records, many who have played for the Crimson Tide have set various defensive records. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1983 to 1986 seasons, Wayne Davis graduated as Alabama's career leader in tackles (327); Woodrow Lowe as the single-season leader with 134 in 1974; DeMeco Ryans set the single-game record with 25 against Arkansas in 2003. After his career at Alabama that spanned from the 1990 to 1993 seasons, Antonio Langham graduated as Alabama's career leader in interceptions (19); Hootie Ingram as the single-season leader with 10 in 1952; and several players tied with the single game record of three. Derrick Thomas holds every Alabama record for quarterback sacks with 52 during his career from the 1985 to 1988 seasons, 27 in 1988 and five in a single game against Texas A&M in 1988.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Birmingham Iron

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Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes is a 115-foot (35 m) tall campanile tower on the south side of The Quad at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The tower was named in honor of George H. Denny, who served as university president from 1912 to 1936 and then again in 1941. It is equipped with a 25-bell carillon. The tower is one of the most visible landmarks on campus.

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