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Third school’s a charm? Phillip Sims to play at DII level

Phillip Sims AP

After two schools in two years at the FBS level, Phillip Sims is hoping that a drop down the competition ladder will rejuvenate what was once a promising college football career.

On Twitter Sunday night, the quarterback announced that he will attend Winston-Salem State and play football for the Rams.  The North Carolina school plays football at the Division II level.

As Sims is moving on to a non-FBS program, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2013.  He will have two years to use his two remaining years of eligibility.

I am thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been given,” the player tweeted.

Sims signed with Alabama as a much-hyped four-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback by  After losing out to AJ McCarron in the battle for the starting quarterback job in 2011, Sims announced in late April of 2012 that he would be transferring from the Tuscaloosa school.  Five days later, he announced he would be heading back to his home state of Virginia and transfer into the Cavaliers football program.

In eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2011 at Alabama, Sims completed 64 percent of his passes for 163 yards.  After receiving a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, Sims played in all 12 games for Virginia in 2012, throwing for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns.

He was buried on UVa’s depth chart this past spring, however, and opted to transfer out.

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8 Responses to “Third school’s a charm? Phillip Sims to play at DII level”
  1. seanb20124 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:28 PM

    He received instant eligibility to uva due to family illness, hope family member is better

  2. urfinished says: Jul 29, 2013 10:05 PM

    @SeanB…if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    This is all Johnny Manziel’s fault.

  4. thegonz13 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:01 AM

    Say hello to Gunner Kiel 2.0

  5. fatediesel says: Jul 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    Sims will not be eligible this year because he was academically ineligible when he left Virginia. It didn’t matter if he chose a DI or DII school, he was going to have to sit out this year.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2013 2:10 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jul 29, 2013 10:16 PM
    This is all Johnny Manziel’s fault.


    Who else’s fault would it be…. of course it is.

  7. bdnnbd says: Jul 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    I check back 18 hours later and the headline typo still remains.

  8. carussel88 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:15 PM

    I remember this guy in the ’10 Alabama spring game. He looked really good…. Even at UVA…. Ashamed this guy couldn’t get it together academically…. Could of had a legitimate roster spot in the nfl one day. Now he’s going to be shooting for a chance at UVA’s pro day in hopes of even being looked at.

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