Alabama Crimson Tide: Christion Jones Could Win Paul Hornung Award

Paul Abell, USA TODAY SPORTS

Paul Abell, USA TODAY SPORTS

Christion Jones, wide receiver and return specialist for the Alabama Crimson Tide, was named to the watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award on Monday.

The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.

The 2014 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2013 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2014 season.

Jones had a huge impact on the Tide last season. He was third on the team with 349 yards receiving, including two touchdowns. He also rushed twice for 34 yards.

His biggest impact came in the return game. Jones returned 23 punts for 321 yards (14 yards per return) and two touchdowns. He also returned 22 kickoffs for 631 yards (28.7 yards per return) and another score.

Jones will be returning kicks for Alabama this season, and as he showed last year, he can break free at just about any point. His role as a receiver should increase this season. It will be interesting to see how head coach Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin decide to use Jones in the offense.

It will also be a process for Jones, and the other receivers, to get on the same page with the new Tide quarterback, which will likely be Jacob Coker, a transfer who formerly played for the Florida State Seminoles.

If Jones can continue his production on special teams and improve his receiving numbers, he could legitimately win the Paul Hornung Award in 2014.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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