Barrett Jones Frosh All-America

Alabama redshirt freshman Barrett Jones was selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team, it was announced Thursday morning at the annual awards breakfast in Newport Beach, Calif., in connection with the BCS National Championship Game.

Barrett Jones has started every game this season at right guard for the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Alabama and Texas play this evening for the national championship. Both teams are 13-0 with the Crimson Tide ranked number one and the Longhorns number two. ABC television coverage begins at 5 p.m. PST (7 p.m. central time) with kickoff about a half hour later.

Jones and his teammates blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Bama was 12th in the nation in rushing offense at 215.9 yards per game and 10th in the nation at 5.1 yards per rush. The Crimson Tide allowed only 15 sacks this year, which ranked 16th in the nation.

Ten of the 11 NCAA Bowl Subdivision Conferences were represented on the team sponsored by AON Insurance.

Jones previously had been named Freshman All-America by College Football News and Phil Steele.

The Southeastern Conference and Pac-10 each placed five players on the FWAA team. The Atlantic Coast had four players and the Big East and Big 12 three each. No other conference had more than two players. Of the 28 players honored, the team was exactly split between true freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

Oregon's first-year coach Chip Kelly was selected as the best first-year coach after leading his team to a Pacific-10 title and berth in the Rose Bowl.

The team and coach are selected by a 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team.

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