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Phillip Sims transferring from Alabama

It has been speculated for quite a while, but nothing ever came from it. Now, it’s official.

Redshirt sophomore Phillip Sims is transferring from the University of Alabama following the spring semester. A statement released by the University of Alabama cited ‘personal reasons’ as the primary factor behind the decision.

“This was a very difficult decision because I’ve had a great experience at the University of Alabama and I’m thankful for the opportunity this program provided me. I want to thank Coach Saban and the coaching staff for being with me and my family at this time,” Sims said in the statement.

It was not immediately available what schools Sims may consider, but the Chesapeake, Va., could be looking to transfer back to the state of Virginia. Sims considered offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Virginia before committing to the Crimson Tide on April 15, 2009.

Sims saw action in eight games in 2011, and he completed 18 of 28 passes for 163 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The redshirt sophomore entered the 2011 season in a tight competition for the starting quarterback role, but A.J. McCarron won the job during the first few weeks of the season.

During the spring, Sims hurt his shoulder and didn’t get to practice at full speed for much of spring practice. Alabama head coach Nick Saban likened the injury to shoulder bursitis. Sims rebounded and performed pretty well during the Tide’s spring game. He completed nine of 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns during the annual A-Day game. will continue to track this story as it develops.

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