Four Tide Players On AP All-America

Having two players selected second team All-America and two more selected third team, and none being seniors, would be a big deal for most college football teams. For Alabama it is a bit of a comedown after last season.

On Tuesday the Associated Press announced its 2010 All-America team and Alabama had three juniors and a sophomore named to the honor squad.

Junior safety Mark Barron and junior wide receiver Julio Jones were named to the AP second team, while junior defensive end Marcell Dareus and sophomore offensive guard Barrett Jones were on the third team.

Last year Alabama had six first team selections with Barron named to the third team. Last year the AP All-America team had a record six first team players from Alabama – tailback Mark Ingram, offensive lineman Mike Johnson, linebacker Rolando McClain, nose tackle Terrence Cody, return specialist Javier Arenas, and placekicker Leigh Tiffin.

Barron, a junior from Mobile, led the Crimson Tide in tackles in 2010 from his safety position with 75 total stops and 54 solo tackles. He intercepted three passes, had three tackles for loss and two sacks while breaking up six passes and forcing a fumble. Barron also earned first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and first-team All-SEC recognition by the coaches and AP.

Julio Jones, a junior from Foley, set Alabama single-season records with 75 receptions for 1,084 yards in 2010 to garner his first All-America accolades. He also caught seven touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards and a score on six carries. Jones ranks second in both career receptions (176), second in career yards (2,604) and tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions (15). Jones as a first-team All-SEC choice by both the league coaches and AP.

Dareus, a junior from Birmingham, was the focal point of opposing offenses, requiring a constant double team. He finished with 31 tackles, nine tackles for loss (-31 yards), 3.5 sacks (-18 yards), four pass deflections and seven quarterback hurries. He has 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in his Alabama career. Dareus earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league coaches.

Barrett Jones, a sophomore from Memphis, Tenn., anchored an offensive that has averaged 435.6 yards per game, which is the second-most by any offense in school history. The right guard has started 24 career games and is expected to start the Capital One Bowl after missing the Georgia State and Auburn games with a high-ankle sprain. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.

Alabama returns to the practice field Thursday to begin preparations for the 2011 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Bama will play Michigan State of the Big Ten. The Capital One Bowl is scheduled for noon CST on Saturday, January 1, and will be televised on ESPN.

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