Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones has decided he would rather be a student-athlete in 2012 than play football at the next level.
At the conclusion of Alabama’s Friday practice session, the Outland Trophy winner announced his plans to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior campaign with the Tide.
Jones, who has already earned his college degree, plans to enroll in graduate school.
While the ‘Bama offensive lineman does admit to having NFL aspirations, his love for the University of Alabama, by his own admission, was one of the major factors in his decision to return to the college gridiron and the classroom.
"I guess the main reason to stay is that I love being here," Jones said. "That sounds cliché, but I don't know if life gets better than this."
Jones, who has been the preeminent and most versatile offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide this season, will once again be the “anchor” across the offensive front in 2012.