ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Quarterback Phillip Sims to transfer to be closer to family

(via UA Media Relations) Alabama Quarterback Phillip Sims to Transfer
The University of Alabama announced Friday that redshirt sophomore quarterback Phillip Sims has decided to transfer following the completion of the spring academic semester.

“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,” said Sims. “I want to thank Coach Saban and the coaching staff for being with me and my family at this time. I wouldn’t change anything about my decision to come to Alabama and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. The reason for me leaving is nothing more than a personal matter. I just need to be closer to home to support my family at this time and that needs to be my priority right now. I would still like to continue my football career, and hopefully I can do that and also be there for my family.”

Sims, from Chesapeake, Va., played in eight games last season, completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 163 yards. He redshirted in his first year at Alabama in the fall of 2010.

“Phillip has been a great representative of our program and did a great job for us in his two years here,” said head coach Nick Saban. “We are sorry to see him leave, but we certainly understand the situation, and everyone here wishes him the best of luck. We’ve talked on numerous occasions about this decision and we just want Phillip to know that we will be here to support him in the future if there is anything we can do to help him and his family.”