Ex-Virginia QB Phillip Sims lands at Winston-Salem State

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Phillip Sims intends to enroll at Winston-Salem State, but will not be eligible until 2014. (USATSI)
Phillip Sims intends to enroll at Winston-Salem State, but will not be eligible until 2014. (USATSI)

Phillip Sims, at one time a starting quarterback for Virginia and backup for Alabama's AJ McCarron, intends to finish his college football career at Division II Winston-Salem State.

Sims was declared academically ineligible to play for Virginia in 2013, and decided to transfer for the second time in eighteen months. According to Winston-Salem State coach Cornell Maynor, Sims will not be eligible for the Rams in 2013.

"He's not eligible for this year," Maynor told the Winston-Salem Journal. "But when you can get a big-time quarterback such as Phillip, it really does a lot for your program as we look ahead. He's a heck of an athlete and he will obviously help us."

Sims redshirted at Alabama in 2010, then appeared in eight games before losing the quarterback job to AJ McCarron in the Tide's BCS title run in 2011. Sims transferred to Virginia in the offseason and received a waiver to play immediately for the Cavaliers. He once again split the quarterbacking duties, this time with Michael Rocco, though appeared in 12 games on the season, starting four.

Winston-Salem State won 14 straight games in 2012 before falling to Valdosta State in the Division II title game. The Rams have won back-to-back CIAA titles and were ranked No. 6 in Lindy's Division II preseason Top 25 for 2013.

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