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Nick Saban calls on ex-Alabama QB Blake Sims to emulate Clemson’s Deshaun Watson

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It appears as though Alabama coach Nick Saban is need of quarterback Blake Sims once more.

After emulating Texas A&M’s signal caller Trevor Knight during the regular season, he now prepares the Tide’s defense for Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Sims, who guided Alabama to a Southeastern Conference title and a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2014, hails from the same high school as Watson—Gainesville (Ga.)

While he signed a contract for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a practice squad running back, Sims told Ryan Fowler of Tide 102.9 that helping Saban and Alabama football is “like coming home.”

“We all are family,” Sims said to Fowler on Saturday. “Coach Saban is like our father. When you go to college, your parents always tell you that can come home. With Coach Saban the doors are always open. So when you get an opportunity like this, you want to show up. You want come and help the Tide win.”

During his lone year as a starer (2014), Sims set Alabama’s single season school passing record with 3,487 yards. On Monday, he will be a fan in watching his former team try to repeat as national champions.

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

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