Rumor Alert: Julio Jones Practicing at Safety for Alabama?

L.C. MayCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to break a tackle by Jonathan Evans #35 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As spring moves forward, more and more interesting things happen in the world of sports.

It depends on what kind of fan you are. Whether you find the Final Four, preseason baseball, or WrestleMania more exciting, something excites you.

To all the diehard college football fans, spring practice for their teams is the most exciting.

Now if you're an Alabama fan, your head is probably spinning. Whether it's the excitement of the national title or wondering if Star Jackson will return, you have something to think about.

Now there have been rumors, and these rumors will beat anything you have found interesting this spring.

According to rumor insider, as well as websites such as and, Nick Saban is in the process of practicing wide receiver Julio Jones at safety.

Now at first you think this could not be possible, but in today's time you are seeing more people switch positions. Saban has already tried Brandon Gibson and Kendall Kelly at cornerback when they were recruited at wide receiver.

Now according to, Saban stated that he would play Jones on both sides of the ball. Now this is not the first time Saban has done this. When Saban was the head coach of LSU, he played Michael Clayton at wide receiver and 25 plays on defense. Clayton played both sides of the ball mostly during the Cotton Bowl.

So would this work out? Julio Jones playing both sides of the ball I honestly do not believe would be the best idea. Jones is the best receiver Alabama has had in a long time, and to risk getting him injured playing on defense as well as offense is just too risky. Now if he can play and stay tough, play him on both sides.

Now some reporters have already asked the question of whether this would affect his future career in the NFL. If this were to happen, it would not hurt his chances in the NFL. Charles Woodson played defense and in some situations played a slot receiver. So to answer that question, if Julio Jones was to play both sides, it would not hurt his chances in the NFL.

Another question that was asked by reporters was if this would increase the chances of Jones getting injured. When asked, Saban remarked, "We put the guy on kickoff return, you say he might get hurt. He might get hurt playing receiver too. I ain't worried about that. ... The goal is not to move anybody to defense. It's to make sure that we come out of the spring knowing that we have another guy on our team that could play safety if we need him to play."

So basically if Julio Jones does play safety, it would be in a Michael Clayton situation. He most likely would not start on defense unless an emergency occurred. Despite all this, Jones needs to stay at wide receiver and not leave there. He is big and physical, but I do not think he was meant to be a safety. I mean it would be a fun experiment; otherwise Jones needs to stay a wide receiver.

So will Julio Jones play at the safety position at all this season? It depends on how he performs in the spring and how well he can impress Nick Saban. If he does impress, will he play at the safety position some during the A-Day game? Well, the A-Day game is meant to test out players.