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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