Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tide's Jones a finalist for Campbell Trophy
By Chris Low
Alabama's Barrett Jones has collected two national championships, the Outland Trophy and numerous All-America honors.
On Wednesday, he found out that he's one of 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Jones is the only three-time Academic All-American in the history of Alabama football and carries a 4.0 GPA. He's started for the Crimson Tide since his redshirt freshman season and moved to center this season after playing left tackle the year before and right guard before that.
Each of the 15 finalists will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the 54th National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete class. The group will be recognized at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 4, where the Campbell Trophy winner will be announced.
Jones, who's already received his degree in accounting, 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 SEC's lone Campbell Trophy finalist.
Here's the complete list:
- Matt Barkley, QB, USC
- Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
- Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech
- Nick Driskill, S, Mount Union (Ohio)
- Nick Florence, QB, Baylor
- Nabal Jefferson, DT, Northern Illinois
- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
- Aaron Mullane, OL, West Texas A&M
- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
- Nolan Nearhoof, DE, Robert Morris
- Ethan Peterson, OL, MIT
- Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
- Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
- Patrick Ward, OT, Northwestern
- Shane Zackery, WR, Saint Xavier (Ill.)