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Alabama’s true sophomore wide receiver Cameron Sims was tabbed to be Amari Cooper’s heir apparent in the offseason. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Louisiana native caught seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown last season. He sustained a left knee injury back in March, tearing both his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament during spring practice.

Sims was set to miss 8-12 months, yet he returned to practice for individual drills on Aug. 19.

According to Matt Zenitz, writer for, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said there is a “chance” that Sims plays Saturday against Wisconsin.

“We’ll probably make a call later in the week as to whether we can use him [Sims] in this game or not,” Saban said told

Sims’s injury caused Saban to experiment with quarterback Cooper Bateman at receiver during the spring. The acquisition of graduate transfer Richard Mullaney (Oregon State) also played a role in the plan for depth.

Sims has been seeing reps in practice behind wide receivers Chris Black, ArDarius Stewart, Richard Mullaney and Daylon Charlot. He and Charlot are listed as co-backups behind Stewart on Alabama’s 2015 depth chart.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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