Alabama center Barrett Jones was named one of 15 National Scholar-Athletes by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The 15 honorees also are finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Each of the 15 finalists will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Five other Alabama players have received this honor: Johnny Musso (1971), Randy Hall (1974), Steadman Shealy (1979), DeMeco Ryans (2005) and Greg McElroy (2010).
“It’s a tremendous honor from the National Football Foundation,” Saban said. “One of the greatest honors you can receive, certainly something we’re pleased and happy that Barrett is getting recognized for all the positive things that he does personally, athletically and academically.”
Jones is the only three-time Academic All-American in the history of Alabama football. He was the 2011 SEC scholar-athlete of the year. He carries a 4.0 grade point average and already has received his degree in accounting. Jones is scheduled to complete his masters in accounting in December.
n The 2013 schedule: Alabama needs one more game to finish its 2013 football schedule, and Saban said, “We’re working on it.”
Possible dates are Sept. 7, which is between a game at Atlanta against Virginia Tech and a trip to Texas A&M, and Nov. 2, which is between home games with Tennessee and LSU. The Southeastern Conference didn’t release the league schedule until Oct. 18, which hampered Alabama’s efforts to nail down possible dates with non-conference teams.
“With the new additions in the league, it’s made it more difficult for us to get games in advance because we don’t know when we’re playing SEC games,” Saban said. “That’s just the growing pain that you have to go through when you expand.”
Alabama needs four non-conference games and has filled three of them: Virginia Tech in Atlanta on Aug. 31, Georgia State at home Oct. 5, and Chattanooga at home Nov. 23.
n Warmack’s jersey: If you’ve watched Alabama’s games on television and noticed Tide offensive lineman Chance Warmack’s jersey ride up his stomach, that’s not because the team can’t find anything that fits him.
Warmack said he likes the short jersey, even if that means the 6-foot-3, 320-pound guard reveals his stomach on national television every once in a while.
“I started (wearing the short jersey) last year around midseason,” Warmack said. “It was comfortable for me. I’m not trying to draw any attention to myself. I just feel comfortable like that.”
I do it in practice; I do it in the game. That’s just how I like to do it.”