Alabama Crimson Tide center Barrett Jones may not rack up the stats that other Tide players AJ McCarron and CJ Mosley do. However, he has them all beat when it comes to his trophy case.
The 2011 Outland Trophy winner for the best offensive lineman in college football is again at the top of many award lists. Jones is the favorite to win the 2012 Outland trophy and the Rimington trophy, given to the nation’s top center.
The All-American candidate directs one of the best offensive lines in college football. This season the Crimson Tide offensive line is blocking for 200 rushing yards and 225 passing yards per game.
Jones made the move to center this season with no trouble. The senior has not allowed a sack in 289 pass attempts and has averaged an 89.2 grade through ten games. He won the team’s offensive player of the week against Missouri, and Coach Nick Saban always speaks highly of Jones.
“Whether Barrett Jones was a football player or not, I think he would be one of the finest people anybody in this room or anywhere else would have the opportunity to meet,” Saban said of his star center. “He would be one of the finest players I ever had the opportunity to coach.”
The Heisman hype for Jones might have died down from earlier in the season, but by season’s end it’s all but assured Jones will be holding some hardware.