Barrett Jones Says He's Able To Play
Barrett Jones will be back in the Alabama lineup when the Crimson Tide plays Michigan State of the Big Ten in the Capital One Bowl Saturday. Jones, an Academic All-America and All-Southeastern Conference lineman, said, "I think the Big Ten has a reputation of really solid players, guys who are really fundamental. I think the Big Ten also has the reputation of really big offensive lines."?
He also mentioned, "I really haven't watched the offensive line for them."
So, it was suggested, "You're like everyone else. You don't watch the offensive line either?"
Jones laughed, but his attention hasn't been on Michigan State's offensive line. He has been looking at the other side of the Spartans.
"They have a really great defense," the sophomore right guard for Bama said.
Jones started every game for Alabama in the Crimson Tide's 14-0 national championship season last year. In fact, every starting offensive lineman for Bama last year was in the lineup for every meaningful snap in 2009. Not so this year.
Jones, 6-4, 301, was on the sidelines for Alabama's final two games of the year after suffering a high ankle sprain against Mississippi State. He will be back in the starting lineup when Alabama and Michigan State meet in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando at 1 p.m. EST (noon central time) Saturday.
Jones said that he is back to full speed and doing everything in practice. "It has been good," he said.
He said he was injured when someone landed on the side of his foot and rolled up on it. "It was a high ankle sprain, which isn't like a regular ankle sprain," he said. "It just took a long time. It still hurts and will continue to hurt for a month or two, but as far as functioning, I can play on it."
Right tackle D.J. Fluker also missed part of the season with a groin injury, but is also back. Jones said having the offensive line all back together "should definitely help. If we do our job, we definitely should have a great chance to win."
Jones said, "Bowl practice is kind of like a season of its own. You have a little miniature camp and another week of practice. I think it's been really intense. We've had some tough practices and we've worked really hard. We used the first week to get back where we were and get the rust off. We started to really break down Michigan State (this week) and really get prepared for that game."
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