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Sims may not be a freshman, but he is the most anticipated newcomer to Virginia this summer.
After biding his time to become starting quarterback with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Sims left for personal reasons to be closer to home and now has an opportunity to wrestle the starting spot away from Michael Rocco this fall.
Rocco and his progression was one of the best storylines in 2011 for the Cavaliers. Quarterback was already a position of strength for Virginia, but when you have 2010's second-best quarterback prospect in the country fall into your lap, what can you do?
It made sense for coach Nick Saban and Sims to go their separate ways. Sims is full of talent, and his athleticism and mobility combined with a cannon for an arm would make any collegiate coach drool.
However, his talent clearly makes Sims a bit of a risk-taker, and his decision-making sometimes resulted in turnovers or dangerous throws.
Saban has clearly built his winning programs around consistent quarterbacks that manage the game and let highly efficient offenses and punishing defenses win championships.
Virginia, though, needs a shot of adrenaline, and that is exactly what Sims can provide. While most transfers would have to sit out a year, Sims is appealing for a hardship waiver and may get to quickly show his attributes for the orange and blue faithful.
His speed and 6'1'' size make him an ideal playmaker and someone that has ties to several players on the roster having gone to the same high school in Virginia Beach.
While Sims may have a fierce battle with Rocco this summer and may not win the starting spot outright, he will be a factor in the offense and perhaps the biggest transfer in school history.