Friday, November 11, 2011

Three Bama football players earn academic accolades

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, wide receiver Brandon Gibson and defensive lineman Jesse Williams were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District IV team it was announced on Thursday.

Jones graduated from the University of Alabama in just three years this past August with a degree in accounting and a 4.0 grade point average. He is a three-time first-team All-District IV selection and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, earning first-team honors in 2010. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in accounting. He was a member of the 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and the 2010 and 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

He has started all nine games for the Crimson Tide this season at left tackle and 34 games overall on the offensive line. He is an integral part of the Tide's offensive success this season with the Crimson Tide averaging 439.56 yards per game to rank 23rd nationally in total offense and 21st in rushing at 214.44 ypg.
The Capital One Academic All-District IV selection is the first for Gibson. A senior athletically, he has already earned his undergraduate degree in public relations and is currently working on a master's degree in sports administration. He was selected to the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Gibson is a three-year letterman that has played in all nine games this season and 28 during his career at the Capstone. He has eight receptions on the season for 78 yards and one touchdown. Gibson is also a regular on special teams for the Tide, starting on the kickoff coverage unit where he has made seven tackles.
Williams joined the Tide program in January of this year and quickly made an impact. He has a 3.66 grade point average in financial planning and is on track to graduate on time. He earned an associate's degree at Western Arizona Community College in December of 2010.

Williams has started all nine games for the Crimson Tide at defensive end in 2011. He has 17 total tackles with four tackles for loss and half of a sack. He has two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.
Members of the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team are eligible for CoSDIA Academic All-America recognition.


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