Christion Jones' spectacular performance in Alabama's debut didn't come as a surprise to his teammates.
To the rest of the country, maybe. Just not to the guys who see the top-ranked Crimson Tide's receiver/return man in action daily in practice.
''I've seen it in him,'' Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said. ''He's been working really hard. You can see how hard he's been working and it's starting to come out.
''I'm not surprised about Christion's performance because he's been working really hard. We all see it. We're not blind.''
Jones opened plenty of other eyes, though. He returned Virginia Tech's first punt 72 yards for a touchdown and added a 94-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, with a 38-yard TD catch for good measure.
His performance helped turn an otherwise mostly mundane offensive debut for the Tide into a 35-10 rout of the Hokies in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Jones also ensured that the game became a largely stress-free tuneup for one of the season's more ant...