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‘Nerd’ Barrett Jones responds to teammates barbs

Is Barrett Jones a nerd? Trent Richardson playfully labeled the Tide’s versatile offensive lineman as such yesterday in the interview room.

By Tuesday afternoon, the academic-minded junior left tackle offered a response and a few laughs.

“I just had a nice little conversation with Trent,” Jones said. “I told him what’s OK and what’s not OK to say in media.”

Then there was the topic of Jones’ musical talents. An unnamed member of the media* told Richardson about Jones’ ability to play the violin. That had the junior running back laughing pretty hard and he was sure to pass the word in the locker room.

“I let (Richardson) know all my musical talents are off-limits as far as sharing those with the media. I don’t know who told him that, but I’m going to have to have a talk with the media member who told Trent that. No, I’m just kidding.

But I have been messing with Trent about that all day and he’s been going back on what he said earlier. He said ‘I meant it in a good way. I meant a good kind of nerd, not the kind of nerd that is nerdy.’ He’s really eating his words today.”

Read a little more about the friendly banter between teammates in print tomorrow.

*It wasn’t me.

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Barrett Jones welcomes Vlachos back

Nobody was happier to see starting center William Vlachos back on the field Saturday than Barrett Jones.

The utility lineman took time away from his new job at left tackle to handing snapping duties when an illness kept Vlachos out of three practices last week.

Jones also learned a valuable lesson about the difficulty of the center position. That includes calling out blocking assignments seconds before the snap.

“Vlachos liked that I got a chance to do that just because I’m always correcting him and giving him tips on what to call,” Jones said. “I got to see it’s a little harder. It’s easier to correct calls than it is to make calls.”

See video of Jones handing center duties at last week’s practice by clicking here.

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Video of left tackles at practice

It’s the glamor position on the offensive line and the only without a returning starter. The left tackle’s importance is hard to downplay with a right-handed quarterback taking snaps.

So, in the spirit of protecting the blind side, here’s a look at Barrett Jones (75), Cyrus Kouandjio (71) and Tyler Love (72) working in this morning’s practice.


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Barrett Jones practicing at left tackle?


Here’s a quick preview of the notebook that will run in Thursday’s newspaper.

TUSCALOOSA ― Just one practice remains before Saturday afternoon’s A-Day Game and the experimentation is hitting another level.

The most notable plot-twist Tuesday came on the offensive line.

All-conference right guard Barrett Jones took turns as the first-team left tackle ― the only spot on the line without a returning starter. Athens High School graduate Alfred McCullough and junior college transfer Aaron Douglas were the top two names competing for the top job vacated by the graduated James Carpenter.

“I don’t know if its temporary or a long-term deal, but (Tuesday) Barrett took all snaps at left tackle with the ones and he did a very good job,” senior center William Vlachos said. “Obviously Barrett’s a smart guy and we feel confident putting him anywhere. He snapped the ball some today. Anthony Steen snapped the ball today. A lot of just ‘Let’s see who can do it, who can’t.’”

Last week, Jones said he’s played tackle before but not recently. There aren’t many similarities from the interior and exterior spots on the line.

See what Jones had to say and more in tomorrow’s newspaper. Buy one!

Take a look at Jones (No. 75) working at left tackle in yesterday’s practice video.

Four from Alabama named AP All-American

The next round of All-Americans was released this morning and Alabama had four members on the Associated Press team.

Julio Jones and Mark Barron made the second teams while Barrett Jones and Marcell Dareus were on the third teams.

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Iron Bowl pregame updates

Update 1 p.m.: Anthony Steen is warming up with the first team offensive line. Barrett Jones is dressed out but moving with a noticeable limp.

Update 12:55 p.m.: Trent Richardson is warming up with the punt return team and appears healthy. Will he play? I’d say yes.

Update 12:01 p.m.: Just thinking out loud here, but Auburn just came out for a quick walk-through and the songs played on the stadium P.A. were “Take the money and run” and “Son of a Preacher Man.” Coincidence? Who knows.

Saban talks Iron Bowl one more time

It’s Wednesday morning, so for the final time this season, that means the SEC football coaches teleconference. Nick Saban just finished his turn. Here’s what he had to say:

  • He likes the Iron Bowl calling it “one of the greatest rivalries in college football so this is the kind of game you love to compete in.”
  • I almost totally forgot Friday is also the final Bryant-Denny Stadium game for 17 seniors (and likely a few juniors too). Saban wished them well.
  • On Barrett Jones: “We will evaluate him today. If the guy really can’t practice today, it’s probably not a good sign. He’s made nice progress and was much better yesterday and is much better today, but even if he works today, you don’t know how he’ll respond to that and if it will have a negative or a positive effect. So we’re just kinda playing it day-to-day and we’re hopeful that he’ll continue to improve and be able to contribute someway in the game.”
  • It’s Iron Bowl week, so naturally Saban took two questions about the LSU/Arkansas rivalry. If you want to know what he said on the matter, check out the blogs of a Tiger or Razorback beat writer.

VIDEO: Barrett Jones on bike again

It isn’t looking too positive for Barrett Jones’ Iron Bowl. He was again wearing the black jersey and riding the exercise bike during the media viewing period. We’ve seen him do the same all three days of practice this week.

The heavy downpours of Tuesday morning meant the team practiced indoors this afternoon. See for yourself:

Another honor for McElroy

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy didn’t receive a Rhodes Scholarship but he’s still a decorated student-athlete. ESPN added another award to the pile Tuesday.

McElroy was ESPN Academic All-American of the Year by the Sports Information Directors of America. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones was selected to the academic all-American first team.

McElroy is the second Alabama athlete to receive the top honor joining gymnast Stephanie Kite who won it in 2004.

To see a complete listing of awards involving Alabama football players, just click here.

VIDEO: Barrett Jones still riding the bike

It’s not a good sign for Barrett Jones to see the starting offensive lineman still riding the stationary bike in Monday afternoon’s practice.

Also notice Trent Richardson getting his knee brace adjusted. No worries, Alabama fans. He was back up practicing at full speed after that.

Saban updates Barrett Jones’ status

Injured right guard Barrett Jones won’t be seeing much action in practice Sunday afternoon, Nick Saban said.

His sprained ankle suffered a week ago against Mississippi State will keep him sidelined today but he is hopeful for the rest of the week.

Jones didn’t play against Georgia State on Thursday but Saban said he was on track to play Friday against Auburn following the weeknight win.

For a look at the updated polls to see how high Alabama climbed, just click here.

Check back for video and a quick rundown from this afternoon’s workout.

VIDEO: Spotlighting Trent Richardson practicing

It is a nasty rainy day in Tuscaloosa, so the Crimson Tide practiced indoors for the Thursday night game with Georgia State. Watch Trent Richardson (3) work with the running backs with a brace on his injured knee.

Also see the offensive line working with Anthony Steen (61) in place of Barrett Jones who sprained his ankle Saturday. Jones was riding the exercise bike and wore a black non-contact jersey. Also videoed: The long snappers honing their craft in a rarely seen drill. Exciting stuff for all.

To see other practice videos, just click here.

Alabama wins 1 in a row

The Tide got back on the winning side of the ledger Saturday night with a thorough beating of Mississippi State, 30-10.

It was the 19th straight home win for Alabama dating back to the loss to UL-Monroe back in 2007 that I’m sure most of you totally forgot about at this point.

The stadium wasn’t full for the first time that I can remember in almost two full seasons of covering the team. I wonder if last week’s loss in Baton Rouge discouraged the thousand or so people who didn’t use the seats they’d already paid for.

We’ll see how long it takes Barrett Jones to recover from the sprained ankle suffered tonight. He could be a major loss for the Tide if he’s not back in time for Auburn’s visit two weeks from yesterday.

VIDEO: Offensive line pounding the sled

Check out this close up look at the Crimson Tide offensive line hitting the sleds at Thursday afternoon’s practice. Coming right into your living room is D.J. Fluker (76), Barrett Jones (75), William Vlachos (73), Chance Warmack (65), James Carpenter (77).

More video to come. Stay tuned for that.

— Your pal Michael