Cavaliers make quarterback change
Sims will start Saturday at Duke if healthy
The Virginia football team is making a quarterback change. Coach Mike London hinted on his weekly radio show Monday night, the Cavaliers will give sophomore Philip Sims snaps with the first team this week in preparation for his first start Saturday against Duke — provided he recovers from a lower leg injury suffered in last week’s 44-38 loss to Louisiana Tech.
The move follows another dicey performance from incumbent starter junior Michael Rocco against the Bulldogs. Rocco finished 14-of-23 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, completing only one of six passes after his first pick bounced off the hands of sophomore receiver Dominique Terrell. Despite suffering the lower leg injury in relief of Rocco, Sims managed to complete 10-of-17 pass attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns. After Virginia trailed 44-24 when Sims entered the game in the third quarter, the Alabama transfer helped bring Virginia within one possession of regaining the lead, though the comeback bid fell short.
Following his arrival from the national champion Crimson Tide during the summer, Sims is now 28-of-46 for 340 yards with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions in his first season as a Cavalier. He hails from Chesapeake, Va. and graduated from Oscar Smith High School as Virginia’s all-time leader in passing yards — 10,725 — and touchdowns —119.