Barrett Jones returning for senior year

December, 30, 2011
12/30/11
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Alabama received some good news Friday when top offensive lineman Barrett Jones announced that he will return to school to play for the Crimson Tide next season.

The Outland Trophy winner started 10 games at left tackle for Alabama, but proved to be one of the most versatile lineman around when he moved all over the line during the season. Before the season, Barrett made his home at right guard, but played everywhere but there this year.

Jones graduated with a 4.0 average and a degree in accounting and is enrolled in graduate school.

With Jones returning, Alabama will bring back four very experienced offensive linemen from this season. That's certainly a very good thing for this team, considering junior running back Trent Richardson is likely heading to the NFL as a top draft pick.

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