Jones first Alabama player to receive Rimington Trophy as nation's top center
ORLANDO, Fla. – Barrett Jones was named the recipient of the 2012 Rimington Trophy on Thursday, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top center.
He was presented the Rimington Trophy during the Red Carpet Show prior to the Home Depot College Awards Show. Jones is the first Crimson Tide player to capture the Rimington Trophy. He was the third Alabama student-athlete to be selected as a finalist, joining Antoine Caldwell (2008) and William Vlachos (2011).
“I am truly honored to be recognized as the winner of the Rimington Trophy,” Jones said. “The job of learning the center position as a senior has been one of the most difficult challenges of my career, but also one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. With that said, this award would not have been possible without of my teammates, coaches and specifically the rest of our offensive line.”
Jones, from Germantown, Tenn., is the first four-time Academic All-American in the history of Alabama football and the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. The 2011 and 2012 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he carries a 4.0 GPA, has already received his degree in accounting and will complete his masters in accountancy next week. He has started on two National Championship teams at Alabama and will help lead the Crimson Tide against Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
Jones was a unanimous first-team All-America performer as a junior en route to winning the Outland Trophy and the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's Lineman of the Year. He is a first-team All-American again in 2012 and has started 49 games at Alabama at three different positions along the offensive line, including right guard, left tackle and center. He is a two-time first-team All-SEC honoree, who earned third-team All-America honors as a sophomore and Freshman All-America accolades in 2009.
“From day one, Barrett Jones has been an indispensable part of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive line,” Boomer Esiason Foundation President Dave Rimintgon said. “He has enjoyed outstanding success on the playing field and in the classroom. We are extremely proud to name him the winner of the 2012 Rimington Trophy. Congratulations to Barrett and all of the watch list candidates and finalists.”