Alabama Crimson Tide senior center Barrett Jones was awarded the 2012 Rimington Trophy on Thursday, solidifying his status as one of the greatest players in school history.
“I am truly honored to be recognized as the winner of the Rimington Trophy,” Jones said. The job of learning the center position as a senior has been one of the most difficult challenges of my career, but also one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. With that said, this award would not have been possible without all of my teammates, coaches and specifically the rest of our offensive line.”
Jones has had one of the most illustrious careers in Alabama football history, both on and off the field. As a student, Jones is the only three-time Academic All-American in Alabama football history, carrying a 4.0 GPA. He has received his degree in accounting and is working on his masters.
On the field, a case can be made that Jones is the greatest offensive lineman in Crimson Tide history. He has started on two BCS National Championship teams and will start on a third in January when Alabama faces Notre Dame.
The list of honors Jones has received in his career is astonishing, considering that he has played at a different position every year of his career at Alabama, starting in 49 games at three different positions, including right guard, left tackle and center. Last season he was a unanimous first-team All-American and won the Outland Trophy, and was one of three finalists for the award this season.
On Tuesday, Jones was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.