Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
Alabama Football plays Western Carolina at Bryant Denny Stadium
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Has earned the start in 10 games and played in all 13 at the "H" wide receiver position ... has caught 25 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns ... fills primary punt returning duties as well for the Tide, advancing 20 punts for 212 yards and a 10.6 yards per return average ... has returned six kickoffs for 182 yards, including the Tide's first return for a touchdown since 2010 ... has made five tackles on special teams ... fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 728 (56.0 ypg). Michigan: Opened the season with four punt returns for 56 yards (long of 19). Western Kentucky: Caught three passes for 47 yards and pair of touchdowns ... returned three punts for 21 yards and also assisted on a tackle on kickoff coverage. Arkansas: Caught three passes for 74 yards, with a long reception of 34 yards ... returned two punts for four yards. Florida Atlantic: Caught one pass for this third receiving touchdown of the season ... returned four punts for a career-best 61 yards, including a long of 31 ... returned two kickoffs for 25 yards ... totaled 90 all-purpose yards. Mississippi: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... registered Alabama's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2010, covering nearly the entire field (99 yards) ... added two receptions for 19 yards. Missouri: Rushed once for two yards, adding two receptions for 19 yards ... returned one kick for 15 yards and made two punt returns covering 33. Tennessee: Caught one pass for nine yards. Mississippi State: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... did a little bit of everything against the Bulldogs ... ran once for four yards, caught one pass for 22 and recorded two solo tackles on special teams. LSU: Caught a season-high four passes for 40 yards, with a long reception of 16. Texas A&M: Caught three passes for 21 yards and returned one punt for five yards. Western Carolina: Caught a 29- yard touchdown pass ... returned three punts for 29 yards in 49-0 victory. Auburn: Caught three passes for 22 yards and recorded a solo tackle on special teams.Georgia: Turned a quick slant route into a 22-yard first-down reception, on the Tide's first possession ... returned one punt for eight yards. Notre Dame: Did a little bit of everything for Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship Game ... caught two passes for 40 yards, including a 27-yard corner route that set up the Tide's fourth touchdown with less than a minute to go before halftime ... both receptions converted first downs ... returned two kickoffs for 31 yards and a punt for one yard.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Jones was one of the true freshmen that made an impact for Alabama in 2011 ... developed a niche at wide receiver ... also a backup punt returner ... finished with three catches for 49 yards while returning three punts for 33 yards ... played in 12 games ... also returned one kickoff for 32 yards. Kent State: Hauled in his first career catch with an eight-yard grab against the Golden Flashes ... also returned a punt 18 yards while making one solo tackle on special teams. Penn State: Saw his first action on the road as a reserve wide receiver. North Texas: Made his most significant contribution to date with two receptions for 41 yards, including a 30 yard-catch that he took inside the 5-yard line ... returned one punt for no gain. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Came off the bench after the loss of Marquis Maze to injury to play a key role on special teams for the Tide ... returned one kickoff for 32 yards and had one punt return for 15 yards, while also successfully fielding three fair fair catches ...totaled 47 all-purpose yards.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Christion Jones was a four-star defensive back out of Minor High School ... one of the state's top athletes ... the No. 10 cornerback nationally by ESPNU ... the No. 8 player in Alabama by Rivals.com and the publication's No. 18 safety ... a two-time first-team 6A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection ... ranked as the No. 29 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... the No. 12 player in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine ... Rivals.com ranked him fifth among defensive backs nationally in ball skills ... No. 7 on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 87 on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... a versatile athlete who ran for 1,010 yards and 19 total touchdowns as a senior with two kickoff returns for scores while making 57 tackles and intercepting four passes in 2010 ... as a junior in 2009 recorded 65 tackles with seven interceptions and scored seven touchdowns ... chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Iowa, UCLA and Texas A&M.