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Jones, Wildcat come up big for Tide

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -– It took a while, but finally a Julio Jones sighting.

Alabama’s star receiver broke his drought of 11 straight games without a touchdown catch when he bulled his way into the end zone on the tail end of a 50-yard catch from Greg McElroy to put the Crimson Tide ahead 14-0.

It looked like Arkansas would get Jones down around the 5, but he demonstrated that unbelievable strength that separates him from so many other receivers.

Here’s the other thing about that touchdown play: Nick Saban meant it when he said a couple of weeks ago that the Crimson Tide would keep working on the Wildcat package and add to it.

McElroy’s touchdown pass to Jones started with Mark Ingram lined up in the Wildcat. Ingram handed the ball to Terry Grant on an inside reverse, and Grant pitched it back to McElroy.

Throwing that pass out of that formation should make the Wildcat even more effective as this season progresses for the Crimson Tide. Defenses won't be as quick to crowd the line and play run only.