Two players on the 2013 squad have the number five jersey.
An upset Nick Saban talked to media in August 2012 about the injury suffered in one of the Crimson Tide’s fall scrimmages. Freshman wide receiver Chris Black would miss the entire 2012 season after injuring his shoulder.
Black rehabbed to the point he could fill the void left by injured Kenny Bell if Saban wanted to use him in the SEC Championship game against Georgia. Luckily for everyone involved, Black was not needed and received a redshirt.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound receiver enrolled early and went through spring practice in 2012. Many of the recruiting services considered Black to be one of the top wide receivers in the nation for the 2012 signing class.
Fans should expect Black to make an impact as a member of the 2013 offense. He may not start, but he will get plenty of playing time. With 4.5-speed and a 36-inch vertical leap, Black adds one more deep threat for quarterback AJ McCarron.
In 2012, Cyrus Jones (5-foot-10, 196 pounds) wore the No, 8 jersey but changed to the No. 5 jersey for the 2013 season.
The sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland may switch positions, too. For the first nine practices, the media saw Jones working with the defensive backs rather than the wide receivers where he played the 2012 season. From all indications, Coach Nick Saban plans to keep him there.
While at Gilman High School, Jones played defensive back, so he has some experience at the position.
Cyrus Jones made the plays when the coaches called his number after the players in front of him went down with injuries. He ended the season with four catches and 51 yards. More importantly, Jones filled in the kick returner vacancy. He had ten kick returns and eight punt returns for 250 and 61 yards respectively.
His recorded 40-yard dash time of 4.45 and 37.5-inch vertical leap give him ability on either side of the ball.
A-Day on April 20 will be a good day for fans to look at where Jones looks to play the rest of career at Alabama.