Julio Jones happy as part of team

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones (WBRC photo)
Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones knows there is no "i" in team.

"Coach Mac is the coach. I let him make all our decisions, and I just play my part."

Jones was asked Monday by reporters about his unselfish play this season compared with his desire to be a competitor.

"Whenever they need me, I step up," Jones said. "They just have confidence in me. And like in a particular part of the game, if it's a clutch situation and they have confidence in me, I just don't want to disappoint."

Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain said Julio's production has been fantastic.

"You'll watch video and there's times where two and a half to five guys are over there covering him," McElwain said. "With that being said, one thing that we make sure that we do offensively is -- one of our mottos is take what the defense gives you, and eventually they'll give you the game."

McElwain said Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has done a nice job of not forcing passes to Jones.

"By doing that and not involving other people in the game I think has since helped Julio a little bit, maybe only getting a man and a half on him," McElwain said.

McElwain and McElroy both say Jones has natural talent, but is a team player first.

"He's in it for us to win," McElwain said. "He's in it for Alabama, and you can just tell by the way he practices, the way he approaches a game, the way he approaches the meetings."

"Julio never complains," McElroy said. "He just goes out there and works every day, and he's a joy to have in the locker room, a joy to have in the huddle. Obviously he's a joy to throw to."

Alabama running back Mark Ingram said Jones has had a lot to do with his success this season.

"He's had a lot to do with it, all the receivers and the tight ends, as well," Ingram said. "They do a great job of getting ahead on safeties and corners and staying on their blocks downfield to create big running lanes for all of us. They do a great job, and we appreciate it."

Jones said he is happy to contribute.

"I guess I'm not your average receiver," Jones said. "I really don't care like about stats and everything. I just go out there and play the game like it's supposed to be played and try to block, and it's just like how I was raised. I go out there and give my all and not be selfish."

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