Phillip Sims didn't do anything to disappoint the orange-clad fans in the stands at Virginia's Scott Stadium last weekend.
But his performance in mop-up work in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 43-21 win against Richmond wasn't enough to earn the promise of more playing time this week, according to Virginia head coach Mike London.
The Alabama transfer quarterback finished the game 5-of-6 passing for 50 yards, and led the Cavaliers on their final scoring drive of the game. That performance came ofter starter Michael Rocco set a Virginia opening game record with 311 passing yards, including a 51-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown by sophomore receiver Darius Jennings.
On Tuesday, London was asked if there was a chance Sims could see the field earlier in this Saturday's game against Penn State.
"We haven't thought about any of that yet," London answered.
The depth chart leading into the Richmond game listed Rocco as the Cavaliers' starting quarterback, with Sims his back-up and sophomore David Watford the No. 3 quarterback. London said last week that the plan is to redshirt Watford this season.
The depth chart released Tuesday for the Penn State game was unchanged at quarterback. London also said that just like last week, there was no set plan of when the team might get Sims on the field.
"We'll continue to kind of finalize that," London said. "But Phillip is taking a lot of reps in practice, along with Michael. They're the only two now taking reps, and every once in a while David is, just in case. So as we continue to game-plan, then we'll talk about strategies as far as the "who" is concerned."
Going back to the 2011 season opener, Rocco has now started the Cavaliers' last 14 games. He threw for 2,671 yards as a sophomore last season, the highest total in school history for a quarterback in his first year starting.
"It's easy to see a player that can scramble and run, and looks "Ooh, wow," and all that. But you want to know can he run, can he control the offense," London said. "Can he make the throws, make the decisions. That's the type of player Michael is. And it's a positive for us, as long as we keep winning and moving the ball."
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