There was talk earlier this month of Alabama corner Cyrus Jones playing wide receiver, but coach Nick Saban has found the transition tough to pull off.
Citing a lack of available practice time, Saban made it sound as if ‘Bama is at least a couple weeks away from employing one of its best defenders on the offensive side of the ball.
“We’ve had a difficult time trying to do that,” Saban said Wednesday night. “It’s something that we’ve discussed and certainly probably have to consider in the future.”
The Crimson Tide recruited Jones as a four-star “athlete” prospect in 2012. He caught four balls that autumn, but the senior has mostly stuck to defense and returning kicks since arriving in Tuscaloosa.
That’s not a bad thing; Jones was named second-team All-SEC last season after recording three interceptions and a team-high 13 passes defensed.
Still, his veteran presence could help a green wideout corps — including true freshman Calvin Ridley and sophomore ArDarius Stewart — that dropped two touchdown passes against Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday.
“We’ve tried to do some things with him on offense, and he has gotten some reps there,” Saban told TuscaloosaNews.com‘s Aaron Suttles in early September. “We may use him at some point. It’ll be interesting to see how the other players that we have respond and see if we need to do that.”