Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) with William Thomas, far right, a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Schofield Barracks. Thomas explains how he was wounded in action in Afghanistan. Guny Aragon, far left, also a member of Warrior Transition Battalion along with Thomas, had lunch and met six NFL players who are playing in the Pro Bowl. (AP photo by Eugene Tanner of IMG Consulting)
Former Alabama standout Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons will start in the Pro Bowl today.
Jones orginally was selected to the NFC squad as a reserve. However, starting wide receivers Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Brandon Marshall of Chicago have pulled out, which has pushed Jones and the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz into the startine lineup.
NBC will televise the game from Hawaii at 6 p.m. Central time.
Jones caught 79 passes this year for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns. In two playoff games, he caught 17 passes for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Ely is considering transferring, according to a report by College Football Talk.
According to the report, Ely would leave the Crimson Tide for South Florida, near his home in Tampa, Fla. Ely graduated from Plant High in 2011.
After redshirting in the 2011 season, he was a backup in 2012, appearing in six games and completing 3 of 4 passes for 42 yards. He threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Lacy against Mississippi State.