With time winding down in Alabama’s 42-14 National Championship victory over Notre Dame, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was still highly competitive. As senior center Barrett Jones was calling out assignments and changing protection at the line McCarron became impatient and wanted the ball to be snapped immediately. With the game well in hand, Jones didn’t seem to share in McCarron’s sense of urgency and the two had a bit of an altercation on the field. This is however a minor incident as the two have been long time roommates at the University of Alabama.
Alabama senior center Barrett Jones played Monday night in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium with torn ligaments in his left foot. Jones, who suffered the Lisfranc (midfoot) injury in the first quarter of the SEC championship game back on Dec. 1, will undergo surgery on Wednesday and be out for three to four months.
The injury that Barrett Jones suffered in the SEC Championship Game was portrayed for five weeks as a sprained foot. It turns out that wasn’t quite the case. In second-ranked Alabama’s 42-14 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame, Jones played Monday night with torn ligaments in his left foot.
Alabama center Barrett Jones will have surgery Wednesday to repair several torn ligaments in his foot. Thought initially to be just a sprain, Jones said that the injury will keep him away from football for 3-4 months.
Alabama All-America center Barrett Jones is still wearing a protective boot on his injured left foot but says he’ll be ready to go when the No. 2 Crimson Tide play No. 1 Notre Dame in Monday night’s Discover BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium. Jones, a senior from Germantown, Tenn., has practiced only twice since injuring the foot in the first quarter of Alabama’s 32-28 victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game on Dec. 1. He spent much of the past five weeks swimming and running on a specialized treadmill to stay properly conditioned.
Barrett Jones is among a handful of Alabama players that have been to three of the past four BCS national championship games. It’s clear from Alabama’s portion of media interviews this morning that the Crimson Tide is comfortable being surrounded by tons of reporters and answering all types of questions.
The fundamental difference between Alabama and its past three postseason opponents might be fundamentals. A case could be made that the Crimson Tide has won those games by an average of 26 points because of superior blocking and tackling. And its blocking and tackling probably was superior because of coach Nick Saban’s emphasis on the basics. Annually, he turns the first week of postseason preparation into preseason camp.
Injured players aren’t made available to members of the news media often at Alabama, but senior center Barrett Jones and the Crimson Tide’s other two permanent captains visited with reporters Tuesday evening. This was after the first practice of the postseason. It was a practice in which Jones did not participate. Unless you call riding a stationary bike participating.
Alabama starting center Barrett Jones will be held out of practice for the next week while he nurses a sprained foot, according to coach Nick Saban. Doctors will reevaluate Jones when he returns from Christmas break on Dec. 27. Jones rode a stationary bicycle with a cast on his left foot during Tuesday’s practice and is “day to day,” according to Saban. Ryan Kelly took snaps with the first-team offense in Jones’ absence.