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UVA's Sims: 'No one's asking me to be Superman'

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

"He didn't come here saying, 'I'm from Alabama, I'm this, I'm that,'" London said. "He came in and adapted to the team culture here. Guys have accepted him. He's ingratiated himself to his teammates.

"He just came in and worked, tried to learn the way we do things here."

Sims said Rocco has taken the change well. "He's being a great teammate" and there is no friction.

"Everybody makes this out to be some two-guys-that-don't-really-like-each-other situation, but that's definitely not the case," the redshirt sophomore said. "Me and Rocco, we talk on a daily basis. He supports me, I supported him, and I still support him. We're teammates. We're going to help each other until the end of this."

The change doesn't seem to cause any major adjustment for the Blue Devils.

"I think it's the same offense," Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday when asked about the possibility Sims would start. "They have a system, a very versatile system. Any coordinator will call something to the strengths of a player, but not outside of their system. It's the same system."

Virginia players have praised both quarterbacks for the way they throw deep, but Sims has a stronger arm and seems to throw tighter spirals that get from his hand to the receivers more quickly.

The Cavaliers used a more wide open attack against high-scoring Louisiana Tech, trying to match them offensively, and it was in that wide open framework that Sims threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

"I just like to give guys an opportunity to make plays and throwing the football down the field, it's just something I feel comfortable doing," he said. "I think I have the arm strength and the accuracy to make those throws, so I just feel I might as well capitalize on that."


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