From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 8 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.
From the day Julio Jones stepped on campus and pulled a crimson No. 8 jersey over his 6-foot-4 frame, coaches and fans knew it wouldn't take long. The former No. 1 wide receiver from Foley, Ala., was an instant impact to an offense looking for a go-to target on offense.
In his first career game against Clemson he hauled in four catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. He would go on to set Alabama freshman records for receptions (58), receiving yards (924) and receiving touchdowns (4). He passed Ozzie Newsome for the receiving yards record (374) and A.C. Carter for receptions and touchdowns.
Jones would go on to break even more records in his three seasons at Alabama.
His 78 receptions and 1,133 in 2010 are school records for a single season. The future first-round pick finished in the top five of career touchdowns, receptions and yards in a career.
In his second season with the Atlanta Falcons, Jones is lighting up camp.
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