Barrett Jones Is 2012 Student-Athlete
Barrett Jones is the second overall and second consecutive Alabama student-athlete to be selected as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year. Last year the award went to former Bama women's golf star Brooke Pancake.
Jones is the first football player to win the award at the Division I level since Utah's Alex Smith in 2004-05. The award was first presented in 1988.
A student who completed his master's degree before finishing his college football eligibility, Jones was a very versatile offensive lineman who started at three different positions for three BCS National Championship teams. In 2012, he was the center for a team that posted a 13-1 record and beat Notre Dame in the national championship game. The year before he was at left tackle as Bama downed LSU for the championship. As a freshman in 2009 in the Crimson Tide's win over Texas for the title, he started at right guard.
Jones was a four-time selection as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America football team and earned first team honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was a second team selection in 2009. He was a two-time selection as a consensus first team All-America.
Jones started 50 games during his standout career along the Tide's offensive front. He made 25 starts at guard, 11 at left tackle, and 14 at center. In 2012, he was named as the winner of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the nation. In 2011, he was honored as the winner of the Outland Trophy which is given to the top interior lineman in the nation.
He was honored as the winner of the 2012 William V. Campbell Award, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Jones also won the McWhorter Award, which is presented to the top Scholar-Athlete in the Southeastern Conference as well as the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy and the 2011 ASA Sportsmanship Award.
A native of Germantown, Tenn., Jones earned his undergraduate degree in accounting in only three years and graduated in 2011 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He earned his Master's degree in accountancy in December of 2012 with a 4.0 G.P.A.
During his playing career, he helped Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide post a phenomenal 49-5 record as Alabama won all four bowl games, including three BCS national championship contests. He was a fourth round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL draft.
His brothers are current members of the Alabama football team. Harrison is a tight end and Walker a linebacker. The brothers are sons of former Crimson Tide basketball player Rex Jones.
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