Nov. 8, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former Alabama All-American football player Barrett Jones was selected for the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award the NCAA announced Friday. The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes that completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year, for success in their sport, in the classroom and in the community.
Jones was a very versatile offensive lineman who started for three national championship teams at Alabama at three different positions. In 2012, he was the center for a team that posted a 13-1 record and beat Notre Dame in the national championship game.
Jones was a four-time selection as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America® football team and the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. He earned first-team honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was a second-team selection in 2009. On the field, Jones was a two-time selection as a consensus first team All-American.
Jones started 50 games during his standout career along the Tide's offensive front. He made 25 starts at guard, 11 at tackle and 14 at center. In 2012, he was named as the winner of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the nation. In 2011, he was honored as the winner of the Outland Trophy which is given to the top interior lineman in the nation.
He was honored as the winner of the 2012 William V. Campbell Award, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Jones also won the McWhorter Award, which is presented to the top Scholar-Athlete in the SEC as well as the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy and the 2011 ASA Sportsmanship Award.
A native of Germantown, Tenn., Jones earned his undergraduate degree in accounting in only three years and graduated in 2011 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He earned his Master's degree in accounting in December of 2012 with a 4.0 G.P.A.
During his playing career, he helped Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide post a phenomenal 49-5 record as Alabama won all four bowl games, including three BCS national championship contests. He was a fourth round draft pick by St. Louis in the 2013 NFL draft and currently on the Rams' roster.
Jones is the 12th Alabama athlete to receive this prestigious honor. Jones' selection also marks the fifth straight year an Alabama student-athlete has received the award, joining Brooke Pancake (women's golf/2012), Kayla Hoffman (gymnastics/2011), Greg McElroy (football/2010) and Brittany Rogers (softball/2009).
Jones is joined by nine other athletes in 2013, including Brigetta Barrett (Arizona/track and field), Amber Brooks (North Carolina/soccer), Raven Chavanne (Tennessee/softball), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware/basketball and volleball), Ellie Duffy (Concordia/Volleyball), Jocelyne Lamoureux (North Dakota/Ice Hockey), Tim Nelson (Wisconsin-Stout/cross country and track and field), Kayla Shull (Clarion University of Pennsylvania/swimming and diving) and Mary Weatherholt (Nebraska/tennis). Award recipients will be recognized in January at the NCAA Honors Celebration in San Diego, Calif.
Alabama's previous NCAA Top VIII (now Top 10) recipients include: Randy Hall (football/1975), Steadman Shealy (football/1980), Meredith Willard (gymnastics/1997), Andreé Pickens (gymnastics/2002), Kristin Sterner (gymnastics/2003), DeMeco Ryans (football/2006), Beth Mallory (track and field/2007), Brittany Rogers (softball/2009), Greg McElroy (football/2011), Kayla Hoffman (gymnastics/2012) and Brooke Pancake (women's golf/2012).
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