Remember this video from the BCS media day? Alabama receiver Christion Jones introduced himself to the world and proceeded to clown it to death. He appears to be a likeable kid with an endless sense of humor. Read about him in today’s newspaper. Ore right here …
TUSCALOOSA — Ask any Alabama football player about Christion Jones, and they smile.
He is the class clown in a lecture hall not normally known for giggles.
But the good times ran thin for the Crimson Tide sophomore receiver early this spring. He was pressing, coach Nick Saban said.
So the teacher called him to his office.
“(Jones) was trying to do everything perfectly,” Saban said. “Really hadn’t played receiver that much and was trying to run everything exactly right. I said, ‘Look man, just play fast.’ ”
Randy Cook, Jones’ coach at Minor High, also had a chat with his former player late last month after visiting an Alabama practice.
“I didn’t feel like he stood out. He looked like everybody else,” Cook said. “I said, ‘You have to impress somebody.’ ”
And he did. The suburban-Birmingham product broke through in Saturday’s scrimmage. He led the team in receptions (seven) and yards (83), and he scored on catches of seven and 22 yards.
At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Jones is a little bigger than graduated receiver Marquis Maze. But his speed and background make him a logical part of an offense that must replace its top three wide receivers.
He didn’t come to Tuscaloosa as a primary pass catcher. Jones played both sides of the ball at Minor, where he was a highly-rated defensive back. Scout.com said he was the 29th-best cornerback in the country.
Alabama’s secondary was stocked when he arrived last fall, so he started at running back before settling at receiver.
Wherever he goes, Jones brings the party.
BCS media day in January was his field day. Handed a microphone by a local TV station, Jones went to town on teammates. The roast claimed victims like Brent Calloway’s bleach-blond hair. Even receivers coach Mike Groh earned an interview as a herd of cameras and recorders followed the sudden media sensation across the Superdome turf.
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