It wasn't hard to look at Amari Cooper's hands and see he could play receiver in the SEC. It wasn't difficult to see T.J. Yeldon's burst out of the backfield and know he'd continue the lineage of successful rookie running backs. It wasn't a strain to gauge Geno Smith's fluid hips and quick feet and assume he'd find a way onto one of the most complex and successful defenses in the country. While the world waited impatiently on the new-look Crimson Tide during the buildup to the season, the players witnessed it coming together behind closed doors. Throughout spring and fall camp at the University of Alabama, the veteran players saw it coming. The freshmen the world had yet to greet were practicing with them every day and they could see their potential. Nothing the former four- and five-star prospects would do during the season would surprise the veterans after going head to head with them under the watchful eye of coach Nick Saban.
The National Football Foundation has named Alabama center Barrett Jones as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes academics, athletic accomplishment and community service.He received the award Tuesday night in New York.