RealClearSports
Advertisement

Alabama's Wizard of the Offensive Line

Getty Images

 

The most versatile offensive lineman in Crimson Tide history, Barrrett Jones has started 48 games during his standout career: 25 at right guard, 10 at left tackle and 13 at center. Over that stretch, a Tide tailback has rushed for 100-plus yards on 24 different occasions.

A three-time All-America who won the Outland Trophy at left tackle in 2011 and the Rimington Trophy at center this season, Jones is a perfectionist. According to the Alabama coaching staff, he missed only six blocking assignments in 606 snaps in 2012. In the SEC title game, despite suffering that left foot injury in the first quarter, Jones neutralized Georgia's 6-3, 358-pound nose guard John Jenkins in the second half; Alabama rushed for 183 yards over the final 30 minutes to secure a spot in...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Saban Prevails on Field - and at the Bank

Chris Smith, Forbes - December 20, 2012

Nick Saban is undeniably college football’s top head coach. The Alabama Crimson Tide have become the nation’s premier college football team under Saban’s leadership, winning two of the last three national championships.... more »

Alabama Aims to Devour National Title

George Schroeder, USA Today - December 28, 2012

The signature burger at Mugshots Grill and Bar is three all-beef patties, six strips of bacon, three slices of cheese — your choice, cheddar or American — along with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and red onions, all... more »

Despite Tide of Rumors, Saban Should Stay

Tommy Tomlinson, Sports on Earth - December 21, 2012

At the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que, the legendary rib joint up on a hill at the edge of town, there’s a photo of Nick Saban behind the counter. It sits in a gilded frame, the way you might see, in the homes of certain... more »

Fighting Irish Will Come Up Short of Title

Alex Hall, Bleacher Report - December 30, 2012

Notre Dame has dusted off the failures of recent years past to become one of the best programs of the 2012 college football season. The Irish will take part in the BCS National Championship Game to end a great resurgent season... more »

Alabama in Line to Claim Dynasty

Ivan Maisel, ESPN - December 25, 2012

Alabama is attempting to do what no program has done in the BCS era: win a third national championship and cross the threshold into a dynasty. It has been 15 years since a program last did so. Tom Osborne, dogged for two... more »