Notebook: Jones brothers take field
TUSCALOOSA | It was more than a year in the making, but brothers Barrett and Harrison Jones finally found their way onto the field at the same time for the University of Alabama.
Barrett, a fourth-year junior, has left as much sweat and blood on the Bryant-Denny Stadium turf as any player on the Crimson Tide roster. Harrison, a redshirt freshman, is only beginning his career at the Capstone. So it was more than a bit strange for Barrett when Harrison lined up beside him as Alabama closed out a 38-14 win over Arkansas.
"I got down in my stance and looked _ I knew he was in the huddle but I didn't know where he would be lined up because I don't really know the formations but he lined up beside me," Barrett Jones said. "And I turned and was like, 'Hey, what's up?' And he was like, 'What's up? Who do I block?' And I was like, 'Get that guy over there.'"
The younger Jones plays tight end for Alabama, hence his occasion to line up beside his brother, who has begun playing offensive tackle this season after spending the previous two years at guard. With veterans Michael Williams and Brad Smelley performing well and with experience, however, opportunities for Harrison Jones to play this season haven't been too frequent.
"It was great. It really was fun. I'm hoping somebody got a picture of it," Jones said. "... That's something we got to do in high school and we've always wanted to do it in college. So it was good to finally get a chance to do that, especially against Arkansas."
The waiting game
Some players prefer early kickoffs on Saturdays, and others prefer the excitement of night games. Count wide receiver Darius Hanks among those who would just as soon go from his bed straight to the field.
"Those night games, they aren't the best, because you've got to sit in the hotel all day long," Hanks said. "It can get tiring. I'll sleep most of the time, talk to family and friends about the game, pass the time like that."
Hanks will have plenty of time to pass this Saturday as UA kicks off at 8 p.m. local time in Gainesville.
"I can get better. I still have a lot to work on. The season's early right now. I still have to work a lot on my pass pro and I missed a couple of my reads last week, left a lot of yards on the field. I know I could have done better. In my head, a 126-yard game, that's a good game, but I know I can do better." - UA running back Trent Richardson.
Did you know?
UA wide receiver Marquis Maze has appeared in every game of his Alabama career (45) dating back to his redshirt freshman season in 2008.
UA linebacker C.J. Mosley, who is questionable to play against Florida with an elbow injury, participated in some individual drills Tuesday. Mosley was injured against Arkansas. ... Linebacker Chris Jordan also participated in individual drills Tuesday. Injuries have prevented Jordan from playing in UA's first four games. ... UA coach Nick Saban will hold a post-practice news conference Wednesday.
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