Phillips Sims still is cheering for Alabama, even though he transferred out of the program to Virginia this summer.
According to the Roanoke Times, Sims told reporters he still tries to catch Alabama games when he can. He watched “bits and pieces” of the Crimson Tide’s 21-17 win over LSU and enjoyed seeing AJ McCarron lead the comeback drive in the last minutes.
“This is a guy who I feel should be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy,” said Sims, who was McCarron’s backup last year.
Sims added, “That’s A.J. all the way. I’ve seen him do it many times in practice and seen him do it in some big-time games.”
Sims went through spring practice with Alabama before transferring. He received a waiver from the NCAA, which allows him to play this season for Virginia rather than sit out a season.
He has started four games for the Cavaliers, who are 3-6. In Saturday’s 33-6 win over North Carolina State, he split time with Michael Rocco and completed 8 of 10 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. He also ran a yard for a touchdown.
Sims has thrown for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns while tossing only four interceptions.