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RBR's countdown to the Alabama - West Virginia game continues with #75

Barrett Jones.
Barrett Jones.
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Barrett Jones is in every essence the embodiment of "a gentleman and a scholar" - and a pretty good football player to boot.

ATHLETE

After playing in three games as a true freshman, a shoulder injury ended his season but still allowed for a redshirt. The next season, Jones started all 14 games for Alabama's 2009 National Championship team at right guard. He was named Freshman All-American by many news outlets.

Jones started 11 games of the 2010 season again at right guard. He was named third-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC.

In his junior campaign, he dutifully moved to left tackle where all he did was win the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's best interior lineman - offense or defense. He is only the third Alabama player to win the award. He helped lead Bama to National Championship #14. As a consensus All-American and All-SEC performer, many thought Jones might jump to the NFL but thankfully to Tide fans, he chose to return for one more go-around.

As a senior he again made a position move, this time to center, where he anchored arguably the best offensive line in Bama football history. He received the 2012 Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center, All-American honors, and another ring.

He was was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round with the 113th overall draft pick the 2013 NFL Draft.

GENTLEMAN

  • 2011 Wuerffel Trophy - "college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement."
  • 2011 ARA Sportsmanship Award - "NCAA Division I college football player who exemplifies sportsmanship both on and off the field."
  • 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team "which honors football student-athletes for exemplary community service."
  • Spends his Spring Break helping out the earthquake ravaged nation of Haiti.


SCHOLAR

  • Four Year Academic All-American.
  • 2012-13 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for all NCAA Division I sports.
  • 2012-13 NCAA Division I Football Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.
  • 2012 National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Award as the nation's best football student-athlete (commonly referred to as the "Academic Heisman").
  • Compiled 4.0 grade-point average throughout his nine semesters at Alabama, graduating in three years with a bachelor's degree in accounting (May '11) and then receiving his master's in accountancy (Dec. 15, 2012) just weeks before the BCS title game.

Roll Tide!