What Alabama football's Jordan Battle said makes a potential Patrick Surtain replacement stand out

Teddy Couch
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football's secondary is an experienced group, but one spot is up for grabs. 

The cornerback spot opposite Josh Jobe is open with the departure of Patrick Surtain II. 

There are a lot of possibilities to take over the No. 2 cornerback position with several reserves from last season returning and a highly touted freshman in GaQuincy "Koolaid" McKinstry now in the mix as an early enrollee. 

One of the reserves from 2020 is Jalyn Armour-Davis, who safety Jordan Battle spoke highly of Tuesday. 

"He's a great corner," Battle said. "He's got great feet and great hips. ... I see a great future for Jalyn Armour-Davis this season."

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Armour-Davis' technique has even earned him a nickname: the Kick Slide King. 

"Coach (Nick) Saban hates when you cross your feet for corners when you're in press coverage," Battle said. "He hates when you cross over. I wish I could show you, but it's like when you slide into a guy instead of moving your feet. So we call him the 'Kick Slide King' because he does that the greatest. He cuts off receivers on the press."

Armour-Davis played on special teams along with some time in the defensive backfield and recorded two tackles in 2020. He missed the Tennessee, Florida and LSU games. 

He returned in 2019 from a knee injury that sidelined him all of the previous season. He had two pass breakups in his first season of playing time as a reserve. 

Reach Gadsden Times reporter Teddy Couch at teddy.couch@gadsdentimes.com or via Twitter, @Teddy_Couch.