TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It seems that former Alabama stars are lining up to help the Crimson Tide this season.
Prior to the Texas A&M game, former quarterback Blake Sims returned to give the Crimson Tide a scout-team look of Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight.
Last week, Alabama enlisted two former stars on the scout team. Quarterback John Parker Wilson played the role of LSU quarterback Danny Etling, and it was revealed Monday that former Tide running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson was also in town to simulate LSU tailback Leonard Fournette.
Alabama held Fournette to 35 yards on 17 carries in its 10-0 victory over LSU.
“It’s pretty cool because I grew up watching those dudes,” Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson said. “I look up to them so to be out there with them, it’s just a different feeling.”
Anderson said he didn’t get any big hits on Richardson.
Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey said it wasn’t easy trying to tackle Richardson.
“I think Trent gave a pretty good look, and John Parker, too,” Humphrey said. “Tackling Trent last week, that’s a big guy, man. It’s also pretty cool going against those guys knowing what they’ve done for the program. I have a lot of respect for those guys.”
Wilson led Alabama to an undefeated regular season in 2008.
As the feature back in 2011, Richardson helped Alabama to the national championship. He became the No. 3 overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was last signed by the Baltimore Ravens, but later was cut.
Alabama has taken advantage of an NCAA rule for back-to-back games.
Adopted in March 2011, NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52, titled “Exception — Former Student Participating in Practice on an Occasional Basis” allowed Alabama to use Sims.
The bylaw states, “A former student at the certifying institution (e.g., former student-athlete) may participate in an organized practice session on an occasional basis, provided the institution does not publicize the participation of the former student at any time before the practice session.”