Sims shines again in Alabama scrimmage

Sims shines again in Alabama scrimmage

April 13th, 2014 by David Paschall in Sports - College

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) throws during an NCAA college spring football scrimmage on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

Alabama's second spring football scrimmage went a lot like the first, with senior quarterback Blake Sims, junior receiver Amari Cooper and senior inside linebacker Trey DePriest turning in productive performances.

The Crimson Tide worked out for two hours Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and ran about 140 plays. They will take today and Monday off and resume workouts Tuesday.

"I think the focus this past week was to analyze the things we did in the last scrimmage," coach Nick Saban said in a news conference. "I think in some of those areas I saw dramatic improvement, but overall there are still a lot of things we need to work on. We need to take advantage of these last couple practices.

"I still think our team has got to develop the mental toughness, the psychological disposition to sustain better, finish things better, play harder and be a more relentless competitor. I like the attitude of our team, but I still think there are guys that need to improve in that area."

Sims completed 24 of 39 passes for 288 yards, which is more than he's accumulated in his Alabama career. He has thrown for more than 500 yards in the two scrimmages.

"Blake Sims is showing a lot of command out there," Saban said. "He's making plays scrambling."

Altee Tenpenny led all rushers with 39 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, while Tyren Jones added 34 yards on 10.

Cooper caught nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Chris Black added six catches for 89 yards, while Christion Jones, Robert Foster and ArDarius Stewart scored touchdowns.

DePriest led the defense with six tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Junior college transfer Jarran Reed had five stops, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup up front, while A'Shawn Robinson had four tackles and a tackle for loss.

Alabama's 2014 A-Day Game is scheduled for this Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT, and it will be televised by ESPNU.