Barrett Jones wins another academic honor

The SEC has named Alabama’s Barrett Jones as the league’s top scholar-athlete for the second straight year. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

The Southeastern Conference named Alabama’s Barrett Jones as the league’s scholar-athlete of the year today. He won the award last season as well, but he didn’t take another trophy he received in 2011.

After Jones won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy last season, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel took the honor this year. The league coaches conducted the voting.

Jones is the only three-time academic All-American in Alabama football history and is on pace for a fourth selection. He has a 4.0 grade point average while working on his graduate degree in accounting.

He won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday, which honores the top scholar-athlete in the country. The award recognizes athletic accomplishment, academic success and community involvement.

The SEC coaches also voted for the league’s top offensive player and freshman (Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel), the top defensive player (South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney), and the top special teams players (Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis and South Carolina return specialist Ace Sanders).

Florida’s Will Muschamp and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin were voted by their peers as SEC Co-Coaches of the Year.

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