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Tide places five on Walter Camp All-America Team

Alabama put five players on the Walter Camp All-America Team tonight, including four on the first team.

Senior center Barrett Jones, junior cornerback Dee Milliner, junior linebacker C.J. Mosley and senior guard Chance Warmack made the first team, while junior offensive tackle D.J. Fluker made second team.

The complete Walter Camp teams

First-team offense
WR: Marqise Lee, USC
WR: Terrance Williams, Baylor
TE: Zach Ertz, Stanford
OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OL: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OL: Chance Warmack, Alabama
OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
C: Barrett Jones, Alabama
QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB: Kenjon Barner, Oregon
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
PK: Dustin Hopkins, Florida State

First-team defense
DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL: Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DL: Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
DL: Star Lotulelei, Utah
LB: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
LB: Jarvis Jones, Georgia
LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
DB: Dee Milliner, Alabama

DB: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
DB: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
DB: Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
P: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
KR: Dri Archer, Kent State

Second-team offense
WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia
TE: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
OL: D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OL: Zack Martin, Notre Dame
OL: Spencer Long, Nebraska
OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
C: Dalton Freeman, Clemson
QB: Collin Klein, Kansas State
RB: Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
RB: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada
PK: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

Second-team defense
DL: Will Sutton, Arizona State
DL: Sam Montgomery, LSU
DL: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
DL: John Simon, Ohio State
LB: Arthur Brown, Kansas State
LB: Kevin Minter, LSU
LB: Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
DB: Matt Elam, Florida
DB: Eric Reid, LSU
DB: Jason Verrett, TCU
DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
P: Kyle Christy, Florida
KR: Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)

Barrett Jones wins Rimington Trophy

Barrett Jones with teammate AJ McCarron after the SEC Championship Game victory over Georgia. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

Alabama’s Barrett Jones added another award to his trophy case Thursday night.

He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center, which was presented during the Red Carpet Show before the Home Depot College Awards Show on ESPNU.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as the winner of the Rimington Trophy,” Jones said in a news release. “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.”

He was the third Rimington finalist since Nick Saban became the Tide’s head coach in 2007. Antoine Caldwell (2008) and William Vlachos (2011) also were finalists, but before Jones, no Alabama player has won the award.

In the 12 regular season games, Jones missed just six assignments on 656 snaps and graded out at 90 percent or better in nine of those games.

“From day one, Barrett Jones has been an indispensable part of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive line,” said Dave Rimintgon, President of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. “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.”

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Report: Nussmeier to interview at Southern Mississippi

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) with Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. (Copyright photo by Kent Gidley of The University of Alabama)

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to interview for the Southern Mississippi head coaching job, according to a report by the Harriesburg (Miss.) American.

The newspaper reported he is expected to part of a group of candidates that includes North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Nussmeier joined Alabama’s staff before this season. With him calling the plays, the Crimson Tide ranks 15th nationally in scoring offense, first in passing efficiency, 20th in rushing and 40th in total yards.

Southern Mississippi is looking for a replacement for Ellis Johnson, who resigned after one season in which the Golden Eagles went 0-12. Johnson was an assistant coach at Alabama during the 1992 national championship season and was defensive coordinator for the Tide’s 1999 SEC champion. He is joining Auburn’s staff as defensive coordinator.

when asked three weeks ago about Nussmeier, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he is doing fine.

“We were pleased with the progress that we’ve made offensively and the consistency that we’ve played with,” Saban said. “Are there things we can do better? No doubt. Are there are some situations in games that maybe we could have managed differently and done better? I don’t think (there’s) any doubt.

“But I do think that the offensive staff and Doug has done a really nice job, the players have made progress and I think the players believe in the coaches and what we’re trying to do.”

Barrett Jones, his protege receive postseason honors

Alabama center Barrett Jones received another award today when he was selected Capital One Academic All-American of the year for Division I. The College Sports Information Directors of America made the selection.

This past week, he also has won the SEC’s scholar-athlete award and the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is considered the academic Heisman.

However, the teammate Jones calls his protege also received an honor today. Backup center Ryan Kelly made the Southeastern Conference all-freshman squad today, along with three teammates: receiver Amari Cooper, running back T.J. Yeldon and defensive lineman D.J. Pettway.

The complete team:

Offense
TE: Jerell Adams, South Carolina
OL: John Theus, Georgia
OL: D.J. Humphries, Florida
OL: Brandon Shell, South Carolina
OL: Vadal Alexander, LSU
C: Ryan Kelly, Alabama
WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M
QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB: T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP: Trey Williams, Texas A&M

Defense
DL: Dante Fowler, Florida
DL: Jonathan Bullard, Florida
DL: Issac Gross, Mississippi
DL: D.J. Pettway, Alabama
LB: Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
*LB: A.J. Turner, Arkansas
*LB: Otha Peters, Arkansas
*LB: Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB: Jalen Collins, LSU
DB: T.J. Gurley, South Carolina
DB: Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
DB: LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee

Special teams
PK: Andrew Baggett, Missouri
P: Landon Foster, Kentucky
RS: Trey Williams, Texas A&M

Joe Namath: I would start Sanchez for the Jets

New York Jets quarterbacks, from left, Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow earlier this season.(AP photo by Tom Uhlman)

Former Alabama and New York Jets legend Joe Namath says he would go with Mark Sanchez over Greg McElroy for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville. McElroy replaced Sanchez in the previous game and led the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona.

“We’ve all had ugly games,” Namath said this morning on the Colin Cowherd ESPN radio show.

However, Namath added that he would let Sanchez “play his way out of the position.” He still is not a huge believer in Sanchez and but is a big fan of McElroy’s.

“He’ll be in the NFL about as long as he wants to,” said Namath, who led the Crimson Tide to the 1964 national championship. “If he does not get injured, he’s got not only the skill set, the passing ability, the stronger arm that’s getting stronger — that was my main concern — but he’s got the mind and the calmness and the competitiveness to be a successful NFL quarterback.

“He can grasp any offense faster than most of the guys, and his decision making is superb. So, yes, Greg McElroy is going to be around for a good while.”

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Cardinals’ Rashad Johnson still pulls for the Crimson Tide

In his fourth year in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson has six tackles, one interception and two rushes on punt fakes for a total of 64 yards. (AP photo by David Goldman)

The Arizona Republic did a question-and-answer session with former Alabama safety Rashad Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals.

Naturally, the conversation turned to Alabama football and the BCS National Championship Game. Click here to read the story. Here’s a taste of what he said:

“Oh, man. Alabama is doing some big things right now. Coach (Nick) Saban came in and he’s changed the whole mentality of the guys’ mindsets to even the people around the city, from what they expect out of the team and what the team expects out of itself. Just go out and play every game for 60 minutes. Everybody buys into that system and it works.”

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