Read more in the Dawg Post Throwback Story of the Day, featuring this piece from Fletcher Page in 2011.
BIRMINGHAM - The Alabama drawl may not be that much different than the accents from counterparts offered by other Southern states. In the "Big Room" at the Wynfrey Hotel during SEC media days, there are plenty of media members, usually a couple hundred at any given time—each characterized with their own native sound when they pose questions into a microphone directed at coaches on the podium. In saying that, a unique voice posed a question to Mark Richt Thursday morning—different in attitude, already confident in the response he would get.
"Ben Jones. Georgia. Coach Richt, do you trust the offensive line this year?"
Surely a player has asked a question in the Big Room before—although nobody immediately sitting near Jones could recall it actually happening.
For a group sometimes called critical and jaded, Jones' question was met with laughter and amusement.
But that's no surprise—the senior center has been winning over rooms for years. And he does so by simply being himself. "When Ben first got to Athens, he was going to bed at 8:30 at night," said former offensive lineman Clint Boling. "We found out pretty quick he wasn't like everyone else."
Yes, Jones was different—and still is. He's currently the only player on the Bulldogs' roster from the state of Alabama—something he takes great pride in. Noticeably comfortable at the Wynfrey, Jones was logging interviews about 45 minutes from where he grew up in Brent, Ala.
"We got like four fast food restaurants and a super Wal-Mart," Jones noted. "We've got two red lights now because we got the new Wal-Mart, so they added one."