When he looks back on all the players he's ever coached, Nick Saban said that Alabama center Barrett…
Barrett Jones Works To Make It A Snap
Alabama returned four of five starters on the offensive line from last season's national championship team. One of those four, Barrett Jones, won the Outland Award as the nation's best lineman. Jones also won the Jacobs Award, selected by Southeastern Conference coaches as the league's best blocker. And he did those things at the difficult left tackle position. This year he has moved to the more difficult center position, replacing William Vlachos, the lone starting offensive line graduate from 2011. Alabama has some plays with the quarterback under center, taking a direct exchange of the ball, hands to hands. Other plays, though, have the quarterback in spread formation, commonly known as shotgun. This requires a blind snap back about five yards. And the center has to keep his head up to see what's going on in front of him. That's partly to keep from getting buried by an opposing nose tackle and partly because the center has to call blocking assignments for the offensive line. And...
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