Every now and then a player comes along who makes us step back and truly appreciate the career they have had. Sometimes that reflection comes several years down the road. In the case of Barrett Jones, we can appreciate all he has accomplished already, even with a game against Notre Dame for the national championship still to come.Alabama football has a long tradition of great players who have passed through Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide boast over 100 All-Americans and counting, with numerous individual award winners including 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. But no player in Alabama history has had his name etched in more hardware than Barrett Jones, and the accolades continue to pour in for the Crimson Tideís four-year starter. Jones came to Alabama as a part of an incredible 2008 recruiting class that featured the likes of Mark Barron, Terrence Cody, Marcell Dareus, Dontía Hightower, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Robert Lester and Courtney Upshaw. Jones was a four-star recruit from Germantown, Tennessee, but he was far from the crown jewel of that recruiting class; or so we thought at the time. Nobody could have predicted the success he would have. He was simply another good player that everyone hoped would start on the offensive line for a couple years.
Donít ask Nick Saban about schedule strength; not if you value your life. For the best coach in college football, itís always been about his team, not theirs; about playing to a standard, not a style. Saban never thinks about external factors Ė he wonít even field questions about such things. Instead, he chews on glass and glares at you and makes you cry, because you should know better than to ask. You should know that for Saban and his dynasty-in-the-making Crimson Tide, itís not about who you play. Itís about how you play. Who can argue with the results?
A few people wondered why Georgia, after the BCS was no longer a possibility, would prefer to get in the Capital One Bowl, rather than the Cotton. A trip to Dallas, the first in nearly 30 years, to play a Big 12 team seemed a better consolation prize than another Florida bowl against a Big Ten team. But there's one result of Georgia going to the Capital One: Mark Richt, Todd Grantham and assistant coaches make a little more money. Richt gets $100,000 for making the Capital One Bowl, then it goes down to $75,000 for making the Outback, Cotton or Chick-fil-A. (And it goes down to $50,000 for the Music, Liberty or Independence.)
Former Alabama and New York Jets legend Joe Namath says he would go with Mark Sanchez over Greg McElroy for Sunday's game at Jacksonville. McElroy replaced Sanchez in the previous game and led the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona. "We've all had ugly games," Namath said this morning on the Colin Cowherd ESPN radio show. However, Namath added that he would let Sanchez "play his way out of the position." He still is not a huge believer in Sanchez and but is a big fan of McElroy's.
Greg McElroyPosition: Quarterback College: Alabama Hometown: Southlake, Tex. NFL Team: New York Jets Here's the scoop: The Jets signed Tim Tebow in the off-season as backup to Mark Sanchez, a move that caused ripples in the NFL and a downright obsession for ESPN. But when it came time to bench Sanchez last week, the Jets went with a quarterback who was also Alabama's second choice after it failed to recruit Tebow.