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Bama's Barrett Jones named NFF National Scholar-Athlete

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that Alabama senior center Barrett Jones has been named one of 15 NFF National Scholar-Athletes. The honorees also comprise the list for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Each of the 15 members will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the 54th NFF National Scholar-Athlete class. The group will be recognized at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 4, where the Campbell Trophy winner will be announced.

"This is a great honor and I appreciate all the National Football Foundation does to promote the game of college football," said Jones. "We have had some great people recognized with this award at Alabama and it is a privilege just to be mentioned with guys like DeMeco Ryans and Greg McElroy. There are many people who have helped me with my athletic and academic career who deserve to be thanked, starting with my parents, Coach Saban, the assistant coaches, and the support staff we have here. I appreciate all our academic support team has done and all of the guidance I've received from our professors at Alabama. You have a great opportunity to become the best person, student and football player you can because of that support. I've been blessed and I'm honored to represent our University."

Jones is the sixth Alabama football player to be named a NFF National Scholar-Athlete. He joins Johnny Musso (1971), Randy Hall (1974), Steadman Shealy (1979), DeMeco Ryans (2005) and Greg McElroy (2010). Jones is the only three-time Academic All-American in the history of Alabama football.

The 2011 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year carries a 4.0 GPA and has already received his degree in Accounting. Jones is scheduled to complete his masters in accounting in December. He has started on two National Championship teams at Alabama and was the winner of the Outland Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy last year. Most recently, he was named to the 2012 AFCA Good Works Team.

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