Outland Trophy winner Jones to stay at 'Bama for senior year

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Offensive lineman Barrett Jones announced he will return to Alabama for his senior season.

Jones, who won the Outland Trophy this season as the nation's best interior lineman, started 10 games in 2011 at left tackle for the second-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1).

Jones revealed his decision after a practice session Friday, saying he "loves" being at Alabama and putting on the crimson jersey. He acknowledged that he does wish to play in the NFL but said, "I am not in any rush." Jones graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and a degree in accounting and is enrolled in graduate school.

Alabama will face No. 1 LSU in the BCS national championship game Jan. 9 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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