Dec. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama junior offensive lineman Barrett Jones announced he was returning for his senior season following Friday's practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy winner from Germantown, Tenn., started 10 games in 2011 at left tackle to help the Crimson Tide fill a need. His versatility and football intellect was key in the second-ranked Tide's run to the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.
"I have decided that I will be coming back to Alabama next year," Jones told the media contingent following Friday's practice. "I sat down with my family and made a list of pros and cons and decided I love college, I love being at Alabama and I love putting on the crimson jersey. I have a great group of friends, and I am in no hurry to get to the NFL. I do want to play in the NFL one day but I am not in any rush."
Alabama spent two hours on the practice field in full pads on Friday as they continued its preparations for the January 9, 2012, game with the top-ranked LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans., La.
The Crimson Tide will work out again on Saturday before breaking on Sunday for New Years and returning to the practice field on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Alabama will then practice in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday before departing for New Orleans that afternoon.
"I am very excited," Alabama linebacker and Butkus Award finalist Courtney Upshaw said. "It will be my second championship game I get to play in, and I'll get to start this one, which is exciting."
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