Alabama coach Nick Saban always seems to know the right buttons to push prior to a big game, and this time he believes former Crimson Tide QB John Parker Wilson may be the answer.
Already this season, Saban has called on former Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims to play the role of Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight for the Alabama scout team. So it makes sense the he would go back to the well with another former Crimson Tide signal caller to help prepare for another big SEC West challenge.
Who played the role of LSU QB Danny Etling this week? According to a report from AL.com’s Michael Casagrande, that honor went to former Alabama QB John Parker Wilson.
The 31-year-old told AL.com that he ran the scout team offense twice in the days leading up to the Saturday night showdown with LSU at Tiger Stadium. Wilson has not played football professionally since retiring after a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, but he apparently still has enough left in the tank to give an adequate Danny Etling imitation.
Etling, who is a former transfer from Purdue, took over the starting role at LSU after Brandon Harris lost the handle on the position back in September. His numbers in three games under interim head coach Ed Orgeron are pretty impressive. Etling has thrown for 696 yards and four touchdowns while guiding the Tigers to a 3-0 record during that span.
Wilson led Alabama to a 12-2 record and a Sugar Bowl appearance during his senior season back in 2008. He went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-13.