Cyrus Jones Sets Punt Return Marks In Victory

Cyrus Jones was playing for the last time in Bryant-Denny Stadium. He came out of Baltimore, MD as a Scout.com five-star wide receiver. After a freshman season on offense, the 5-10, 196 pound athlete transitioned to the defensive secondary. Jones is a key figure for the Tide contributing in two important phases of the game.

The senior had the game of his life returning two punts for touchdowns in the 56-6 decisive victory by Alabama (#3, 10-1, 6-1) over FCS opponent Charleston Southern (9-2, 6-0) on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Two individual school marks (considering records dating back to 1944) were established by Jones. No Alabama player had ever returned two punts for touchdowns in the same game. The first was a 43-yard scamper in the opening quarter to put the Tide up 28-0.

Cyrus Jones found another seam in the second quarter for a 72-yard return to extend the margin to 42-0. The second of the afternoon was his third career punt return, all occurring in the past two contests. Jones became the first player in Crimson Tide history to record punt returns in consecutive games. Ranked sixth in the SEC prior to today’s game with an 11.1 average per return, he has accumulated 408 yards on 28 returns thus far in 2015 improving to 14.4.

He was dynamic on defense as well. The leader of the secondary perfectly timed the option pitch causing and recovering a second quarter fumble by Charleston Southern quarterback, Kyle Copeland. He sprinted 18 yards with the ball before being brought down at the Buccaneers six-yard line. Tide running back Bo Scarbrough found the end zone three plays later from the one-yard line, the seventh touchdown of the afternoon for Bama to conclude the first half scoring fest at 49-0.

He finished the afternoon with three solo tackles for losses (-13). Watch and listen as Jones, one of four game captains, recounts the spectacular performance on senior day.


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