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11:35 AM ET 08.13 | The Virginia Cavaliers have named David Watford, a junior, their starting quarterback for the upcoming season. He'll hope to improve a team that suffered one of their biggest losing streaks last year. Watford hasn't played much during his time with the Cavaliers and was a redshirt last season. Being one of the more experienced players on the team, his leadership has cemented his spot at the starting quarterback position for 2013.

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August 14, 2013  12:37 AM ET

Great to see some real football news for a change.

But never mind this ... what's the latest on Clowney and Manziel?

August 14, 2013  01:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Great to see some real football news for a change.But never mind this ... what's the latest on Clowney and Manziel?

LMAO! Well played Doc.

August 14, 2013  06:28 AM ET

New coaching staff... some eye-opening recruiting success... the Cavs are stirring.

August 14, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Great to see some real football news for a change.But never mind this ... what's the latest on Clowney and Manziel?

I heard they each ate at Wendy's on their respective campus.....and paid with Tnerb fivers! If that isn't an NCAA violation, I don't know what is.

August 14, 2013  10:17 AM ET

What happened to Phillip Sims, highly recruited QB who this article said was booted from the team? What was the issue and where did he go?

August 14, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

New coaching staff... some eye-opening recruiting success... the Cavs are stirring.

They're getting ready for their move to the B1G.

August 14, 2013  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What happened to Phillip Sims, highly recruited QB who this article said was booted from the team? What was the issue and where did he go?

I read the article and saw nothing saying Sims was booted from the team.

 
August 14, 2013  03:08 PM ET

This is from May 2013-

Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, UVa sent out a release with the news that quarterback Phillip Sims is academically ineligible for the 2013 season, apparently following an appeal earlier in the day.

Sims passed for 1,263 yards and nine touchdowns last year while sharing time with Michael Rocco, who requested a release from his scholarship at the end of the 2012 season and subsequently transferred to Richmond.

Sims' ineligibility leaves the Cavaliers without a quarterback who attempted a pass last season, although Sims was UVa's No. 3 quarterback behind sophomore David Watford and redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert at the completion of spring drills.

"We tell the young men ... go to class, show class and treat people with dignity and respect," London said in a prepared statement. "Those directions are pretty easy to follow and they will lead you on a path of success.

"When an individual strays from those directions, it is very disappointing to me. Phillip Sims did not make the commitment he needed to succeed there."

Sims was rated the No. 1 prospect in the state by The Roanoke Times following his senior year at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake. At least one recruiting service, SuperPrep, rated him the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country before he signed with the University of Alabama.

Sims was redshirted by the Crimson Tide in 2010 and backed up A.J. McCarron on Alabama's national-championship team in 2011.

He transferred to Virginia after going through spring practice with the Crimson Tide in 2012.

Later that summer, the NCAA granted his appeal for immediate eligibility based on the illness of a family member. He would have been a redshirt junior this coming season.

Sims has been attending class during Virginia's May term and will be allowed to complete the current session, which ends next week, Virginia disclosed in a second release.

"I wana thank everyone for their well wishes & support," Sims wrote in a Twitter post Friday afternoon. "This is another setback that I must take on & overcome."

In a second tweet, he added, "This is definitely not the end but sometimes you have to get knocked down to get back up & reach your dreams. I will be back. I promise that."

Support came from the likes of first-round NFL Draft pick Kyle Long, a Charlottesville product who originally enrolled at Florida State for baseball, went to junior college to play football and ended up at Oregon.

"I've been in your shoes and made it out the other side," Long tweeted. "Keep faith and work work work, Ill be watchin."

McCarron tweeted, "My brother [Sims] will be back. He made me the player I am by pushing me."

Sims' transfer to Virginia reunited him with a pair of former Oscar Smith teammates, running back Perry Jones and wide receiver Tim Smith.

The news of Sims' precarious 2013 availability had not been a secret.

"The last I knew, he was still third on the depth chart," Oscar Smith coach Rich Morgan said at mid week. "I'm not sure what's happening about all that. You know, I'm not there. I've got my own team to coach. I've got my own decision to make, so I'm not getting into what other people do."

July 29, 2013-he transferred to Division II Winston-Salem State.

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