Alabama faces a huge test this week against Texas A&M, and they’re willing to do some unorthodox things to make sure they are prepared. This week, former Tide quarterback Blake Sims ran the scout team offense for Nick Saban.
Sims’ eligibility expired in 2014, but players are allowed to practice with their former teams.
Alabama was granted permission to have Sims practice with the team before he was brought in.
Trevor Knight, quarterback for Texas A&M has had a lot of success against Saban’s defense in the past. As a member of the Oklahoma Sooners, he beat the Crimson Tide, 45-31, in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. He passed for four touchdowns on 348 yards in that game. This is likely what prompted Saban to seek out the services of his former quarterback.
Alabama and A&M both enter today’s contest undefeated. The winner of this game clears a big hurdle in being selected for the College Football Playoff.
The loser, while not eliminated from consideration, will have an uphill battle.