Our Bryant Division finals are set, and today we have a whale of a matchup; a 1-versus-2 pairing probably the greatest linemen ever to play at Alabama. Your vote counts, so get it in now.
Stallings Division – D. Line vs. O. Line
John Hannah (1970-1972)
Offensive Guard – Albertville, Ala.
6’3”, 273 lbs
Hailed as the “greatest lineman I ever coached” by former Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Hannah was named All-American in both 1971 and in 1972, when he was a unanimous selection. Along with being named as an All-American, Hannah was also named All-SEC in those years and took home the Jacobs Trophy in 1972 as the best blocker in the SEC.
In those seasons, Hannah helped lead the way to two of the most potent rushing attacks in Alabama history when the Tide averaged 324.1 and 308.4 yards per game, respectively. They scored a team record 46 rushing touchdowns during the 1971 campaign.
There is little doubt that Hannah left his mark during his three-year career at The Capstone. Since his playing days in Tuscaloosa, Hannah has received a plethora of recognition for his time with the Crimson Tide that few others can match.
He is a member of the Alabama 1970s All-Decade Team as well as the All-Century Team. In 1989, ESPN named him to their all-time college football team, and in 1999, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Barrett Jones (2008-2012)
Offensive Lineman – Germantown, Tenn.
6’5”, 311 lbs
If this players championship was based solely off of a player’s winning record, Barrett Jones would probably be your runaway champion. Since Jones became a full-time starter during his redshirt freshman season in 2009, the Tide have compiled an overall record of 49-5. He won his third national championship in four years this past season to cap off a near-perfect career with the Crimson Tide — from a winning standpoint at least.
While winning is obviously important, Jones’ resume extends far beyond the win-loss column. In his best two seasons in 2011 and 2012, Jones was a two-time All-SEC and All-American selection (unanimous in ’11), claiming some of the nation’s top awards in the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy in the process. He is one of only two players in college football history to win both awards in a career.
Though his accomplishments speak for themselves, his versatility on the field speaks louder. Plenty of great players have won multiple championships and numerous awards during their career, but how many have done so at multiple positions? In 49 career starts, Jones has started 25 at right guard in 2009-2010, 11 at left tackle in 2011 and 13 at center in 2012, playing just as well, if not better, with every position change. Body of work alone, it’s hard not to like Barrett Jones.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Barrett Jones (51%, 45 Votes)
- John Hannah (49%, 43 Votes)
Total Voters: 88