Phillip Sims is poised to raise some eyebrows on Saturday (as if he hasn't already). He's a pocket passer with an arm and isn't reckless. He's ideal for Saban's pro-style offense.
Sims and A.J. McCarron's completion percentages may not break 60 percent on Saturday, but the spring game is the perfect time to take those long, risky throws. McCarron was called on to do that quite a bit in last year's spring game, as displayed here.
Sims will be on one team, and McCarron will be on the other. Both will be getting a lot of snaps. Expect at least 30 attempts by both of them, because there is a dire need to see these guys in action. This is the closest thing to a real game before the season opener.
Though I believe Sims is sure to impress, I don't think it will be enough to totally convince people. So far, they have been neck and neck, with no quarterback outshining the other. Dead-even just isn't enough to bench McCarron. If Sims is to clinch the starting spot, he'll have to wait until fall practice.
McCarron will be staying in Tuscaloosa over the summer to work with the receivers and their routes. To my knowledge, Sims has not decided to do the same. He needs to, however, to have any chance of making the cut as the starter.
With their raw abilities arguably equal, the starting job will fall to the guy who knows the playbook better.