Alabama coach Nick Saban still expects 'competition' between Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve for 2nd cornerback spot
by Marq_Burnett
 Crimson Tide Extra
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones continues to progress at the position since moving there from wide receiver in the spring.

Jones has started the past two games in place of Bradley Sylve who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain.

Jones was credited with five total tackles and a sack for a loss of 10 yards in the Tide’s 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday. On the season, Jones has 17 total tackles and two interceptions.

“I think he did better in the game as the game went on,” Tide coach Nick Saban said during his Monday news conference. “I think he got more confident as the game went on. We obviously did a better job of covering them in the second half than we did in the first. We also did a better job of pressuring the quarterback, which I think is also something that goes hand in hand with getting off the field on third down and playing a little better.”

But Saban wasn’t ready to name Jones the starter long-term.

“We were pleased with the way Cyrus played,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in Bradley Sylve, if we can get him healthy. There’s certainly going to be competition at every position with guys that have played well for us in the past. I’m sure those two guys will continue to compete as well.”

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