The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide received good news in the form of starting cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis being available for action for the 86th Goodyear Cotton Bowl.

Armour-Davis played in 10 of Alabama's 13 games opposite Josh Jobe, but he's missed the Tide's last two games against Auburn and Georgia with a hip injury. His return is especially important for Alabama as Jobe underwent foot surgery and will miss the rest of the year.

"Well, obviously, Jalyn for us had a lot of experience in games. He's a smart football player. He's instinctive. He's one of our longer corners with top-end speed. So we're playing longer guys this week that can run, can go up and catch the football," said Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding. "They're a multiple offense and create a lot of formations by motions and shifts. So, obviously, the experience that he's had and the understanding of our defense and the composure that he has, we need. He's practiced all week. He's looked well to me. So it's good to have him back."

The redshirt junior will now join freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry to attempt to slow down the Cincinnati Bearcats and advance to the College Football Playoff Final.

Armour-Davis has tallied 30 tackles with three interceptions and four additional pass breakups. He's been a vital part of Alabama's No. 8 overall defense in the nation and having him back will provide athleticism and leadership.

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