Alabama fans may have reason to hope that Barrett Jones will stay for his senior season even though there are many reasons why he shouldn't.
He's going to be a top offensive lineman in the next NFL draft if he goes.
He's already graduated with a 4.0 in accounting and will take the CPA exam this spring.
He's already won the Outland Trophy and has nothing else to prove.
Or does he?
Outside of just a few plays at center, it's the only position he hasn't played at an All-America level.
Next year, Alabama is losing center William Vlachos, who's playing his final year this season. That means that Alabama might want to turn to Jones to help them through transitioning the young and inexperienced centers that will be Alabama's future.
He could be the first All American at three different positions. That would greatly increase his NFL stock.
So far in college, he just earned B, and that wasn't in his major. He excels in his schoolwork like he does with football.
Can he be swayed to stay to get his MBA in accounting?
Should Alabama win another national championship, would Jones like to be one of the few players to have three college championship rings?
But the biggest pull to keep him on the team may be the graduation of Brad Smelley and two other tight ends.
Because his brother, Harrison Jones, presently a red-shirt freshman, is poised to see some playing time next year. The old saying that blood is thicker than water may apply.
It would be great to have a chance to finally play beside his younger brother.
Harrison is an electric receiver who got down the field like a wide out and made some catches like an acrobat; but he can also catch a tight-end screen-pass and then tough out the hard yards with lots of yards-after-contact to get that first down.
And according to both brothers and the Jones' parents, the best of the Jones boys may be the youngest brother Walker.
Walker is a junior at the same high school that both older brothers attended. He has set school records playing inside linebacker while also playing running back, at which he has been prolific as well.
But Barrett's playing years would be gone before Walker could join the Alabama team.
Since the family is coming back to Tuscaloosa to see middle-son Harrison play, Barrett may just want to keep the family's "togetherness" around just a little bit longer.
Alabama fans can hope so anyway.
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