Alabama’s scout-team Irish imitators

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, left, and teammate Ryan Kelly celebrate Sims' fourth-quarter touchdown against Arkansas. (AP photo by April L. Brown)

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, left, and teammate Ryan Kelly celebrate Sims’ fourth-quarter touchdown against Arkansas. (AP photo by April L. Brown)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — When Alabama’s starting defense works against the scout-team offense, backup quarterback Blake Sims is playing the part of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.

Sims is a running quarterback, as Golson is.

“He’s given us a good look,” Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson said. “He gave us a good look for Texas A&M week (playing Johnny Manziel) and he does a great job. He’s been doing it for the last couple years and he really makes us understand how important it is bc he breaks us down a lot by scrambling and throwing the ball some.”

On defense, true freshman linebacker Reggie Ragland is playing the part of Notre Dame All-American Manti Te’o. Ragland is 6-foot-2 and 247 pounds. He appeared in 10 games this year and made eight tackles. Te’o is 6-2 and 255 pounds with 103 tackles.

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