Stuart McNair

Alabama cleared it with SEC and NCAA before using Blake Sims in practice

Alabama had former Tide quarterback Blake Sims running scout team

One of the interesting sports tidbits last week as Alabama prepared for its top ten matchup of hosting Texas A&M was that the Crimson Tide had former Bama quarterback Blake Sims running part of Alabama’s scout team work.

Sims was Alabama’s record-setting quarterback in his only year as the Crimson Tide starter in 2014. He has tried to hook on both in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League, but is not playing professionally now.

Sims, who was adept as both a runner and passer at Alabama, was playing the part of Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight in practice last week.

In 2014 Sims completed 252 passes for a Tide record 3,487 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has the Alabama rcord for touchdown responsibility at 35

No. 1 Alabama defeated then-No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14 Saturday.

Tuesday, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, “Blake just got released so he was looking for some place to work so he had a chance to get better. Based on our situation at quarterback and the kind of guy we were playing against, it was really convenient to have him here to help us last week.”

As for those who think there may be some kind of rule against a former player coming out and working with his old team, there is not.

Saban said, “We try to stay on top of the rules. We have people in our administration who do a good job of letting us know what we can and can't do and we would never do something like that unless we got it approved by the SEC office, which we did, and the NCAA.

“I think it was helpful to Blake.”


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