University of Alabama football player Barrett Jones was named the male 2012-13 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced on Friday.
Kentucky track and field student-athlete Chelsea Oswald was honored as the women's McWhorter Scholar-Athlete. The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities and both will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
"The University of Alabama gave me a great opportunity to become the best person, student and football player because of the support I received during my five years in Tuscaloosa. I have been blessed, and I am honored to be able to represent the University."
Jones was a starting offensive lineman at Alabama and was a part of three BCS national championship teams, playing three different positions. A team captain in 2012, he was a four-time Capital One Academic All-America selection – the first athlete in Alabama football history to accomplish that feat – and was named the 2012 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American of the Year.
Jones was the 2012 recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is designed to recognize the best scholar-athlete in college football. He was a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a member of the President's List, the Dean's List, the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a Capstone Scholar.
Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce and business administration in August 2011 and earned a Master of Accountancy in December 2012, both with 4.0 grade point averages.
COURTESY: Alabama Media Relations
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