Jones has enjoyed a productive spring.
Three offensive position battles to monitor during Saturday's A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium (2 p.m. CT/CSS/espn3.com):
X Factor: Kevin Norwood. Entering his fourth year in the program, Norwood's been around long enough to master more than one position. And, as he showed in the 2012 BCS championship game, he possesses the physical attributes needed to make plays against the best defensive backs in the SEC.
Which means: The real battle here may be between Kenny Bell and DeAndrew White. Both are pure outside receivers with the speed needed to stretch the field. Consistency is what more is needed from both.
Who to watch on A-Day: Christion Jones heads into the spring game as the Crimson Tide's top receiver through two scrimmages. Might the sophomore bring an after-the-catch dimension to the offense similar to what Victor Cruz provides the New York Giants?
Don't sleep on: While newcomer Amari Cooper may not be long on experience, his Dade County background tells you he's competed against some of the very best high school football talent in the nation. He doesn't carry himself like a second-semester prep senior.
X Factor: Eddie Lacy. While the expectation is that the junior will return to full strength after undergoing toe surgery in the offseason, a lower extremity injury like the one Lacy sustained isn't exactly a running back's best friend.
Which means: As deep as Alabama appears to be at the position, Lacy and Jalston Fowler represent the extent of game action at the position. That's why Saturday's scrimmage will be extremely important for Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon.
Who to watch on A-Day: Yeldon will be interesting to track for a couple of reasons, neither -- pass protection and receiving -- of which have to do with carrying the football.
Don't sleep on: Hart flashed promise in last year's A-Day game. Coming off an ACL tear sustained last summer, the redshirt freshman is battling Yeldon for the No. 3 spot.
X Factor: Harrison Jones. Physically, the sophomore fits the bill. Whether he can give the offense a couple of receptions per game remains to be seen.
Which means: Brent Calloway's quest to find a permanent home recently made a stop at H-back, where his athleticism could be put to good use in the passing game. Now we'll find out if he can block.
Who to watch on A-Day: Of particular interest will be how Brian Vogler's reps are split between tight end and H. At 6-foot-7, the sophomore's frame suggests he might be a better fit at tight end but he's continued to work at both spots.
Don't sleep on: Alabama has some solid options at the position, but we've yet to see or hear anything that would lead us to think Incoming freshman Kurt Freitag won't have a chance to compete in 2012.
Also see: TRips: Three for the D on A-Day
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