Tennessee coach Butch Jones to consider using former players in bowl practices
Alabama made news earlier this season when it was revealed Nick Saban invited former players like Blake Sims, John Parker Wilson and Trent Richardson to simulate upcoming opponents on the Crimson Tide’s scout team.
Other schools have since followed suit, and according to 247Sports, Tennessee could be the next to take advantage of that rule.
Coach Butch Jones said it’s something the Vols could do before their Music City Bowl game against Nebraska:
“We have not brought in a former player to practice,” Jones said during a Monday morning press conference inside Tennessee’s Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. “That’s something that we have talked about as a staff, but I think there’s a lot of things that go into that. But we have not done that.FREE DOWNLOAD FROM SDS
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“But I can tell you we’ve had discussions about doing that at some point in time or another.”
The NCAA bylaw that allows former players to practice with the team reads:
“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,” the bylaw states.
At a school like Tennessee, with all its talented alums, there should be ample options for scout-team players, if needed.
And, if the Vols need a former player to use as the scout-team quarterback, Peyton Manning isn’t doing much these days.