LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FWAA) – Alabama offensive tackle
Barrett Jones was named the 66th winner of the Outland
Trophy on Thursday night, becoming the third Crimson Tide player
to win the award and second in the last four seasons.
winner of the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior lineman
in college football, was announced on ESPN during "The Home Depot College
Football Awards" from the Walt Disney World Resort.
The FWAA selects the Outland Trophy winner from interior linemen on
its 25-man All-America team, which will be announced on Saturday.
Jones claimed the trophy over Penn State senior
defensive tackle Devon Still and Stanford junior guard
Jones, a 6-5, 311-pound junior from Memphis, Tenn., follows previous Outland Trophy winners from Alabama,
offensive tackles Chris Samuels (1999) and Andre Smith (2008).
In 2011, Jones was
one of the most versatile and productive linemen in the game. He has started 10 games at left tackle, but has also
played right tackle, center and left guard. The only interior offensive line position he did not play
in 2011 for the Crimson was right guard. Before this season,
he had started 25 games at the position during the 2009 and '10
"It was kind of fun, it was definitely a challenge," Jones said.
"I watched a lot of film. Playing all those positions gave me a
greater understanding of the schemes and concepts of the entire
offensive line. It helped me understand the big picture better."
the blocking effort for Heisman Trophy finalist running back Trent Richardson,
who led the Southeastern Conference with 1,583 yards rushing
and 23 total touchdowns. During his career, Jones has blocked for
25 individual 100-yard rushing performances, including nine
"(Richardson) is an unbelievable player," Jones said. "The biggest
honor you can get is for your running back to win the Heisman. It
happened with (Mark Ingram in 2009) and we're hoping it will happen
with Trent (Richardson). Trent is so strong, probably the strongest
guy I've ever seen in the weight room. And he's so fast. I owe a
lot to No. 3. He makes me look good on a regular basis."
In 2011, Jones allowed just three sacks all season at left tackle,
despite routinely facing the opposing team's top pass rusher. Jones has faced seven
of the nation's top 51 defenses and has graded out at 87 percent,
including 100 percent in four games. He has registered
20 "pancake" blocks this season.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA
since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania
in the early 20th century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest
award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell
The official 2011 Outland Trophy presentation will be
Jan. 12, 2012, in Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the
Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same event, former
All-America Minnesota defensive
lineman Bobby Bell will receive an Outland Trophy. He was the 1962
winner of the award before trophies were handed out by the FWAA.
Three days before the Outland Trophy banquet, Jones and his Crimson
Tide will meet LSU in the Allstate BCS National Championship
Game in New Orleans.
The game is a rematch of a 9-6 Alabama loss to LSU in overtime
Ala., earlier this season.
"When we lost to them before, we thought it (Alabama's national
championship hopes) were over," Jones said. "In the back of our
minds, we were hoping to get another shot, so we're really excited
about this next shot. It's a great feeling to get another chance.
We feel like we deserve to be there."
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founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
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as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
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