Former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones talks with the media during Alabama’s visit to the BCS Media Day on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The St. Louis Rams offensive lineman played in only three games last season, but has been looking forward to a productive 2014 season in the NFL. (Vasha Hunt/[email protected])
Barrett Jones‘ college and pro careers have been as different as night and day.
The former Alabama offensive lineman was a member of national title teams, and won individual accolades like the Outland and Rimington awards.
His time with the St. Louis Rams, however, has been difficult. Jones underwent foot surgery after Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship.
The injury resulted in the lineman managing time in just three games with the Rams last season.
“It was frustrating but it was also a learning experience,” Jones told ESPN. “Last year was great from the standpoint of I grew a lot, not only as a player but also as a person. It’s tough when you kind of go from the top of the totem pole in college and then you go into the bottom in the NFL and you have to carry pads and things like that.”
According to the report, Jones went five months without running. He lost muscle, too. Now, Jones is excited about the upcoming season.
He has been working at guard and center, but he said he isn’t concerned about where he will play.
“I’m just trying to not worry about any of that stuff and wherever they put me, I just try to practice hard and work hard and get better,” Jones said. “I am so happy. This is great. I’m having a blast out here.”
More importantly, he said, he just feels better.
“I actually weigh about the same,” Jones told ESPN since he has been working out again. “I can’t remember but my body fat percentage is much lower. (This year), I was able to run, get working out full speed again and just go. I wish I had some exact figures for you but I don’t. I just know I feel a lot better.”
For the complete report, check out ESPN.com.