TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Barrett Jones was named the 2013 Capital One Division I Academic All-America of the Year on Thursday as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Jones is the second overall and second straight Alabama student-athlete (Brooke Pancake, women's golf) to be selected as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year. He is also the first football player to win the award at the Division I level since Utah's Alex Smith in 2004-05. The award was first presented in 1988.
A graduate student who completed his degree with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Jones was a very versatile offensive lineman who started for three national championship teams at Alabama at three different positions. In 2012, he was the center for a team that posted a 13-1 record and beat Notre Dame in the national championship game.
Jones was a four-time selection as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America football team and earned first team honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was also a second team selection in 2009. A two-time selection as a consensus first team All-American.
Jones started 50 games during his standout career along the Tide's offensive front. He made 25 starts at guard, 11 at tackle and 14 at center. In 2012, he was named as the winner of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the nation. In 2011, he was honored as the winner of the Outland Trophy which is given to the top interior lineman in the nation.
He was honored as the winner of the 2012 William V. Campbell Award, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Jones also won the McWhorter Award, which is presented to the top Scholar-Athlete in the SEC as well as the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy and the 2011 ASA Sportsmanship Award.
A native of Germantown, Tenn., Jones earned his undergraduate degree in accounting in only three years and graduated in 2011 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He earned his Master's degree in accounting in December of 2012 with a 4.0 G.P.A.
During his playing career, he helped Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide post a phenomenal 49-5 record as Alabama won all four bowl games, including three BCS national championship contests. He was a fourth round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL draft.
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