Julio Jones Is Key To 'Bama Success Against Florida

WesAnalyst INovember 29, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is considered by many to be one of the greatest college football players of all-time and Mark Ingram is regarded by many as the leading candidate for the 2009 Heisman Trophy.

Both players will undoubtedly leave their mark on the SEC Championship game, but neither will provide an impact like Julio Jones.

That's right.

The 6-4, 211-pound sophomore from Foley, Alabama will not only make himself a household name, but he will lead Alabama to the National Championship game.

The Gators and Crimson Tide each have stout run defenses that rank in the top 10 nationally so don't expect either team to run the rock very well in the Georgia Dome.

Neither team is going to abandon the run, but if they want to come up with clutch plays the passing game will prove to be the difference.

Tebow is a great player and has an unbelievable will to win and is a tremendous leader.

Few will argue against that.

Many will argue he is not a great passer.

Some will point out his poor footwork, long release, or anything else his critics want to throw in there.

The truth may actually lie in the fact that Tebow does not have a great receiving corps.

Aaron Hernandez has a ton of talent and he proved it against Florida State. Unfortunately for Gators fans, the Crimson Tide have a great defense that is physical and fast and should matchup well against the stud tight end.

Florida also boasts an incredibly talented defense that many consider to be the fastest in the nation.

This is where Jones steps in and ultimately helps 'Bama roll to a victory in the SEC Championship.

"(Julio Jones has) played better and better these last few games. He's healthy now, he's playing fast, he's practicing better," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Hopefully, we can get him the ball down the field a little bit more and he can make some big plays."

Don't be shocked to see 'Bama try to test an over-aggressive Florida defense and use the speed of Jones to pull off some those big plays downfield.

Florida will most likely crowd the line of scrimmage, limit Ingram, and dare Greg McElroy to beat them.

The only way McElroy can beat Florida is through Jones.

He may seem like an unexpected hero, but after the entire country watches him play you will hear the casual college fan say, "Who is this kid and where did he come from?"

He will be the envy of every Gators fan and they will wish they had a receiver with his speed and ability.


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