Alabama Crimson Tide senior center Barrett Jones has become the first center from the university to take home the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding center in college football every season.
“I am truly honored to be recognized as the winner of the Rimington Trophy. 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 all of my teammates, coaches and specifically the rest of our offensive line,” Jones said.
It was Jones’ first season as the Alabama center.
He had previously played offensive guard in 2009 and 2010, before making the move to left tackle in 2011. During his junior year at tackle, Jones made his impact felt and was named the 2011 Outland Trophy winner.
Jones’ versatility and ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line will help him during evaluation for the 2013 NFL Draft.
“From day one, Barrett Jones has been an indispensable part of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive line,” said Dave Rimington, 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 the watch list candidates and finalists.”