Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Jones was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame induction and awards banquet in Manhattan.
Barrett Jones mixed a little humor with serious comments Tuesday night in his Campbell Trophy acceptance speech in New York. “The best part of this trip has been getting to meet these guys," the senior center said after becoming the first Alabama player to win the prestigious award, considered the Heisman Trophy for student-athletes. "They’ve all been extremely nice, with the exception of one. "There’s been this linebacker from Notre Dame who’s been giving me weird looks the whole time. I don’t know why. Every time I turn around, he’s staring at me."
Is there any wonder that Kirby Smart’s name keeps popping up in the conversation about new head football coaches being hired at perhaps four Southeastern Conference schools this year? It’s already known that Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee will have new coaches, and it’s not out of the question that Auburn could make a change.
If there's an award in which Barrett Jones is eligible to win, there's a good chance he'll be in the running to the very end. One day after he was named as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, the Alabama center was listed in the final four for the Lombardi Trophy, which goes annually to the nation's top linebacker or interior lineman.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday. The honor comes on the heels of winning the Broyles Award in 2009. Under Smart's direction, the Alabama defense is one of the best in the nation. Alabama is ranked No. 3 in rushing defense (76.20 ypg allowed), No. 9 in pass efficiency defense (102.76 rating), No. 2 in total defense (247.80 ypg allowed) and No. 1 in scoring defense (11.10 ppg allowed) in 2012.
Alabama center Barrett Jones was selected as finalist for the 43rd Rotary Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker or interior lineman, the Rotary Club of Houston announced on Tuesday. Jones, from Germantown, Tenn., is joined by South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia's Jarvis Jones and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o as finalists.
Senior center Barrett Jones and senior guard Chance Warmack seem to be the Alabama football players most often appearing on midseason All-America lists. The two star linemen are first-team picks by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Phil Steele and the Sporting News.
Add yet another honor to Alabama center Barrett Jones' ever-growing list of achievements. The senior center is one of 30 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. The honor goes annually to the Division I FBS player who has "notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition," according to a release.