No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to face against Tennessee
SENIOR (2015): Developed into one of the nation’s top punt returners in 2015 while continuing his consistent play as one of college football’s top corners … flourished as an All-SEC performer in 2014 and returned for his senior year as the Crimson Tide’s most experienced defensive back ... had two interceptions and eight pass breakups on the season to go with 37 tackles, including four tackles loss (-16 yards) ... returned 42 punts for a total of 530 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per return ... had four punt returns for touchdowns, including a 57-yard return against Michigan State, a 69-yard touchdown at Mississippi State and 43- and 72-yard returns against Charleston Southern … his four punt returns for scores is the UA all-time single-season mark ... his 530 return yards rank second all-time in Alabama single-season history ... ranked 15th nationally and fourth in the SEC in punt return average ... led the nation in punt return touchdowns with four … anchored a secondary that ranked eighth nationally and second in the SEC in pass efficiency defense … named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Charleston Southern game where he set the school record with two punt returns for touchdowns in the same game … named one of the special teams players of the week against Wisconsin, ULM, at Georgia, Arkansas, at Mississippi State, versus Charleston Southern and in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State … also a defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaches for his play against Charleston Southern and Michigan State. Wisconsin: Started for the Crimson Tide at cornerback while also returning punts ... finished the night with two pass breakups on the defensive side ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points ... returned four punts for a total of 25 yards with a long of 18. Middle Tennessee: Notched his first interception of the season and made three solo tackles ... returned on punt for five yards. Ole Miss: Made five tackles in the contest with the Rebels. ULM: Collected one tackle from the cornerback spot ... returned a season-high five punts for 43 yards, with a season-long of 22 yards on one of the returns. Georgia: Recorded one tackle and a pass breakup ... also returned five punts for 53 yards with a long of 23 ... helped limit a Bulldog offense that was averaging 45.5 points per game to just 10 by day’s end. Arkansas: Recorded one tackle on defense ... added three punt returns for 39 yards, including a season-high of 27 yards that he almost broke for a score. Texas A&M: Recorded three solo stops, including a tackle for a loss (-3 yards), and one pass breakup ... helped limit the Aggie offense to a season-low 23 points while forcing a season-high four interceptions. Tennessee: Collected four tackles on the day ... helped limit the Volunteer passing game to 171 total yards. LSU: Finished with one tackle as the Tide defensive front limited the Tigers’ ability to pass ... helped limit Brandon Harris to 128 yards passing and only six completions. Mississippi State: Made four tackles on defense with two pass breakups … returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career ... his return in the second quarter was the Crimson Tide’s first score of the day and sparked a 14-0 run after being shut out in the first quarter. Charleston Southern: SEC Special Teams Player of the Week … first player in Alabama history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game and the first to have three in two games … totaled 115 punt return yards on two returns … also made a career-high three tackles for loss. Auburn: Recorded two solo tackles and broke up a pass in the Crimson Tide’s 29-13 win on the Plains … helped limit the Tigers to 169 yards passing and just 260 total yards. Florida: Helped limit the Gators to just 15 yards rushing and 180 total yards … had one tackle as the Tide only allowed Florida to complete only 37.5 percent of its passes … returned a career-high seven punts for 32 yards with a long of 15 yards … also brought back one kickoff for 24 yards. Michigan State: Named Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl ... finished with three tackles and one interception which he returned for 21 yards ... his interception helped end an MSU scoring chance, as the Spartans were driving at the end of the first half before Jones’ pick on the goal line stopped the threat ... also added five punt returns for 80 yards with one returned for a touchdown ... his 57-yard return for a score was his fourth of the season to give him the Alabama all-time mark for punt returns in a single season, eclipsing the previous total of three that was shared by David Palmer (1991) and Javier Arenas (2008). Clemson: Made five tackles and broke up a pass in the Crimson Tide’s 45-40 win over the Tigers to secure the program’s 16th national title ... also returned one punt for 12 yards.
JUNIOR (2014): Earned one of the starting jobs at cornerback with a strong fall camp and played his way into second team All-SEC recognition (Associated Press) ... finished with 46 tackles, two tackles for loss (-10 yards), two forced fumbles, three interceptions (27 yards) and a team-high 13 pass breakups ... forced a fumble at Ole Miss and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown ... also had four punt returns for 82 yards and four kickoff returns for 77 yards ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors against West Virginia, No. 14 LSU and No. 1 Mississippi State. WestVirginia: Recorded a career-high seven tackles and one pass breakup. FAU: Had three solo tackles, a forced fumble and a 70-yard punt return, the longest of his career. Southern Miss: Tallied one solo stop versus the Golden Eagles. Florida: Added a pair of tackles, both solo, for the Tide defense. Ole Miss: Proved to be a playmaker on defense against the Rebels ... punched the ball loose from a Rebel running back late in the second quarter and returned it for a 17-yard touchdown ... made three tackles from his starting cornerback spot, all solo, and broke up two passes. Arkansas: Registered one tackle for a loss (-9 yards) ... added a pass breakup and returned two punts for seven yards. Texas A&M: Notched six tackles, including four solo stops as the Tide held the Aggies 218 yards below their season average in the passing game and 393 yards off their total offensive pace. Tennessee: Recorded three solo tackles in a 34-20 win in Knoxville ... intercepted his first pass of the season and added a pass breakup ... also returned kickoffs in the absence of Christion Jones with three for 57 yards. LSU: Broke up the Tigers' fourth-down pass in overtime to secure the Crimson Tide's 20-13 come-from-behind victory ... added an assisted tackle. Mississippi State: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for the second straight week ... intercepted his second pass of the season against the Bulldogs, picking off Heisman candidate Dak Prescott in the end zone in the fourth quarter ... finished with four solo tackles and two pass breakups. Western Carolina: Recorded four tackles with two solo stops and one pass breakup. Auburn: Made a career-high eight tackles, including six solo stops against the Tigers. Missouri: The Tigers rarely challenged the Tide's top cornerback ... made one tackle. Ohio State: Made two solo tackles while breaking up four Buckeyes' passes ... intercepted his third pass of the season and returned it 32 yards to set up an Alabama touchdown.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Moved to the defensive side of the football in 2013 and has played significant minutes at cornerback ... made his first career start at cornerback against Tennessee and started five games ... played in 11 contests collecting 25 tackles with two interceptions and seven pass breakups ... added a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss (10 yards). Texas A&M: Came into the game for an injured Deion Belue and made a critical first-half interception of Johnny Manziel in the end zone ... made four solo tackles and one assisted stop in the game. Kentucky: Came off the bench at Kentucky to assist on one tackle. Arkansas: Recorded his second interception of the year and had two solo tackles. Tennessee: Logged his first career start at cornerback and made four tackles with two solo stops and two pass breakups. LSU: Started for the second straight game ... had five solo tackles ... recorded his first career sack on the Tigers' last play of the game. Mississippi State: Equaled his season-high with five tackles, including two solo stops ... assisted on a tackle for loss and broke up a pass. Chattanooga: Logged one solo tackle and broke up a pass as the Tide starters played just over a half of football and helped limit the Mocs to 175 yards of offense. Auburn: Started and made one solo tackle. Oklahoma: Came off the to make one solo tackle and breakup one pass
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 11 games as a true freshman, catching four passes for 51 yards ... returned 10 kicks for 250 yards ... also returned eight punts for 61 yards, with a long of 32 yards. Florida Atlantic: Caught one pass for 35 yards. Missouri: Latched onto one pass for four yards ... returned one kick for 23 yards and added a punt return for two yards. Tennessee: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... returned one kick 27 yards ... had four punt returns for 59 yards, including a long of 32. Mississippi State: One of the special teams players of the week by Alabama coaching staff ... returned two kicks for 76 yards, with a long of 41 ... also returned a punt for four yards. Texas A&M: Returned two kicks for 35 yards against the Aggies. Western Carolina: Caught two passes for 12 yards and returned a punt for no gain. Georgia: Returned four kicks for 89 yards, including a long return of 25 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A true athlete in every sense of the word ... clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash with a 37.5-inch vertical leap ... turned in a great performance at the Under Armour All-America Game ... Parade All-American ... a five-star wide receiver by Scout.com and the No. 45 player in the nation ... a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247sports.com and ESPNU ... the No. 20 player in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 athlete ... also ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU East Region and the No. 2 player in Maryland ... 247sports.com rated him as the No. 8 athlete and No. 76 in the Top247 ... also tabbed by 247sports.com as the state's No. 3 talent ... No. 79 in the Rivals100 ... Rivals.com listed him as the No. 6 athlete nationally and the third-best player in Maryland ... a SuperPrep All-American who was ranked 46th on the publication's Elite 50 list ... the No. 3 athlete nationally by SuperPrep and the No. 4 player in Maryland ... PrepStar All-American and All-Atlantic Region choice ... 2011 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year ... No. 76 in MaxPrep's Tom Lemming's Top 100 nationally and the No. 7 athlete ... consensus All-State player as a junior and senior ... Baltimore Sun All-Metro team in 2010 and 2011 ... played running back, slot and cornerback at Gilman High School, where he was coached by Biff Poggi ... Baltimore Sun 2011 Metro Offensive Player of the Year ... accounted for 2,365 all-purpose yards as a senior with 24 touchdowns while recording five interceptions on the defensive side of the ball ... chose Alabama over Virginia Tech, Auburn and Ohio State.