Alabama A-Day notes: Injured official 'doing fine'
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama A-Day Game clock operator Doyle Shaw left the field on a stretcher Saturday after a Tide player ran into him on the sideline, but his prognosis is good, according to a university release.

"Mr. Shaw was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, is doing fine now and will make a full recovery," the statement read.

It happened during the second quarter when Alabama safety Landon Collins returned an interception. Tide running back Kenyan Drake pushed him out of bounds, and Collins barrelled over Shaw, whose son is SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw.

Shaw was down for about 10 minutes before he was removed from the field.

TWO-WAY JONES: Alabama receiver Christion Jones has played a little cornerback in practice this spring and got to play there in Saturdays game, too.

He finished with two tackles. In addition, he caught three passes for 55 yards, including a 50-yarder to set up T.J. Yeldon's winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

When asked about Jones playing defense, Saban grew a little irritated: "I answered this question numerous times before and the answer is not going to change."

He added, "Christion Jones has done a really good job on both sides of the ball. The object of what we did this spring is so that if we need the guy to play corner in the fall, he can play it. He'll know how to do it. We don't need to make that decision right now, and we're not going to make it."

Jones said he is fine with playing defense. In fact, he wants to add another position to his list: quarterback.

Why?

"Guess so my girlfriend could get 100,000 likes on Twitter," Jones said, referring to the attention AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, received during the BCS National Championship Game.

RISE OF THE LINE: Alabama featured center Ryan Kelly, guards Arie Kouandjio and Anthony Steen and tackles Cyrus Kouandjio and Austin Shepherd as its first-team line Saturday.

The played for the White team, protecting McCarron, the starting quarterback. Kelly won the Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman Award for the game.

"The offensive line has done a really good job all spring," Saban said. "I think Anthony Steen and Cyrus Kouandjio have done a really good job from a leadership standpoint. Ryan Kelly has played well all spring long. He got a lot of experience last year, which I think was helpful to him. Arie had a really good spring. Austin Shepherd had a good spring."

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