03/16/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Jones, who started at four positions on the offensive line, bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He had foot surgery after the national championship game in January and is still wearing a boot on his left leg. Defensive tackle Damion Square, who's also recovering from an injury, managed 23 repetitions. Jones said he's not expecting to be cleared to run until May, which leaves him relying on mostly game tape and team interviews to help his draft stock.
He won the Outland Trophy as a junior left tackle and the Rimington Award as the nation's top center last season, and isn't too choosy about where he winds up on the line. ''I'll play whatever position I'm asked to play,'' Jones said. ''If you made me choose I'd probably choose center right now because No. 1, I played there last year and No. 2, I'm kind of a control freak. I like to be in control. If we're watching TV together I like to hold the remote. That's the kind of guy I am. ''I like making the calls. I like the preparation aspect of it. But that being said, wherever they think the best fit for their team and can help them win, that's where I want to play.'' - AP Sports
03/03/2013 - The way Barrett Jones sees it, time wasn't on their side. By they, the former Alabama center means the 10 Crimson Tide representatives at last week's NFL Combine, none of whom were full participants because of a variety of injuries. "People don't realize it's tougher for us to come here and compete in the combine because we play so late," Jones said. "We're still not maybe as healthy as everybody else. "When you play in the SEC, you get beat up, especially when you have a lot of bowl practices and you're playing a game that's not 'til Jan. 7."
The vast majority of the 300+ participants had at least a two-week head start on Alabama's representatives to prepare for the annual scouting event. The players whose teams did not qualify for a postseason bowl game had an extra 45 days. "It's tough to get back to full speed for this," Jones said.
Jones was at the top of that list, the first known Alabama scratch after it was revealed he'd practiced for and played through the BCS National Championship with torn ligaments in his foot. He probably would not have been ready for the combine even if he had surgery after the SEC Championship, and it's unlikely that he'll be able to do much at Alabama's Pro Day on March 13. Projected as a second- or third-round selection, Jones said he's moved on from wondering "what if?" "You've got to realize you can't control that," Jones said. "I can't control that I was hurt. I just have to focus on the things I can control. That's interview well and doing all the little things right." - Andrew Gribble, Alabama Live
02/22/2013 - While the athletic drills generate all of the buzz, the most important tests conducted each year at the NFL Combine are the medical evaluations, including the updates teams get on players who have already undergone surgery. That is certainly the case with Alabama's offensive lineman Barrett Jones, a two-time consensus All-American who six weeks underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. Jones, who is walking in a boot, told the media that his expected recovery time is "four months," which should put him in position to potentially be available to return to the field for May mini-camps.
Jones started 49 of 53 games while with the Tide, earning comparisons to Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews by head coach Nick Saban for his toughness, versatility and reliability. Jones started 25 games at right guard for the Tide, before making the switch to left tackle as a junior, earning the Outland Trophy for his stellar play on the blindside. Despite his success outside, Jones was moved inside to center as a senior, where he again performed well and currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect at the position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/22/2013 - Jones gave an example of the mentality he brings to the field with his answer to a question about which of his many awards he's most proud of. "The thing I'm most proud of is being named team captain. No offense to you guys, the awards that come from your teammates, that means the most. That means they voted on it, you earned their respect. I'm not saying I'm not grateful for all the awards I received. I'm just saying it's special to get awards from your teammates."
Teams are well aware of Jones' surgery and expected recovery time and aren't likely to drop his stock, assuming that their doctors are satisfied with the progress he's making. Jones is a classic example of a better football player than athlete. This fact may push him into the draft's second or third round as some teams prioritize upside on draft day, especially if questions remain about his recovery. However, Jones' proven track record against elite competition, toughness and versatility certainly bodes well for his future in the NFL, regardless of which position his pro team asks him to play. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/2013 - As a youth football player in Germantown, Tenn., former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones intently watched Jeff Saturday for his ability to change protections and serve as the leader of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line. Weeks after Saturday's retirement, Jones is intrigued about the possibility of becoming the former Green Bay center's heir. "I'd love to play in Green Bay," Jones said Thursday at the combine. "I'll play wherever they ask me but definitely it would be awesome to play for a team with that kind of tradition."
A Lisfranc injury to Jones' left foot will keep him out of workouts this week, but the three-time All-American has already met with a number of team in Indianapolis. Though Jones appeared at guard, left tackle and center in college, most teams project him as a center on the next level. "I think when you play different positions it really allows you to learn the offense from different perspectives," Jones said. "You stop memorizing the offense and start understanding it."
Jones expects the injury will keep him out for the next several months. While with the Crimson Tide, Jones won three national championships -- two under former offensive line coach Joe Pendry. Before joining Nick Saban's staff in Tuscaloosa, Pendry worked with six different teams in his 19-year NFL career. Jones credits the former Texans' offensive coordinator for his development. "I took away a ton of things from him," Jones said. "He really taught me everything I know about football -- just on how to learn defenses and dissect the game." - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/08/2013 - Alabama center Barrett Jones played the BCS championship game with torn ligaments in his left foot and needs surgery. The two-time All-American and the leader of the Crimson Tide's dominant offensive line was injured in the Southeastern Conference championship against Georgia. He didn't practice again until the day before Alabama left Tuscaloosa to come to south Florida. When the team arrived, he came off the plane wearing a protective boot on his injured foot.
Jones told reporters after the game his injury was similar to the one that put Houston Texas quarterback Matt Schaub out of several games last season. Jones played most of the game and helped the Crimson Tide rush for 265 yard and 5.9 yards per carry. - AP Sports
01/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: C Barrett Jones is making the last start of an excellent college career and will have a big role in the offense's success. If he can control the man across from him like he controlled Georgia's nose guards in the SEC title game, the Tide will be able to run the ball and keep LB Manti Te'o from affecting the texture of this game. Rushing for more than 300 yards against the Bulldogs defense was impressive, but can they do it against the strength of Notre Dame's team? - The Sports Xchange
01/03/2013 - Barrett Jones, Alabama's Rimington Award-winning center, sprained his foot in the SEC championship game five weeks ago, but returned to practice on Tuesday. He pronounced himself good to go on Thursday. "I'm pretty close to 100 percent now," he said. "I think by the game I should be 100 percent." Jones missed nine practices in all, but the fifth-year senior looks like he hasn't miss a beat, according to guard Chance Warmack. Jones credited the Alabama training staff for that.
"Our trainer did a great job," he said. "First of all, I did a lot of swimming, which was kind of cool. It's hard. You guys ever swim before? It's exhausting. We had this really cool treadmill, called the Ultra G treadmill. It's a treadmill that kind of allows you to run on just part of your body weight. It's pretty neat. It's like your whole bottom is in a vacuum. You've got to look it up. It's hard to explain. But we had several different ways I was able to stay in shape, so I feel pretty good." - Mark Lazerus, The Chicago Sun-Times
12/27/2012 - Alabama center Barrett Jones is still not practicing while recuperating from a sprained foot. Jones wore a black, non-contact jersey during the Crimson Tide's practice indoors on Thursday ahead of the BCS championship game against Notre Dame. The Tide returned a day earlier from a three-day Christmas break. Jones was injured during the first quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship game against Georgia and hasn't practiced.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says Jones and defensive lineman Denzel Devall spent some time on the treadmill Thursday. Devall has a sprained knee. Saban is hoping both will get at least five practices next week for the Jan. 7 championship game. He says ''it's day to day because they both need to continue to make progress to be able to come back and play.'' - AP Sports
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: Center - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama...Jones is a two-time consensus All-American, earning accolades in 2011 at left tackle and then at center in 2012. He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center this season. A three-time All-SEC selection (right guard, left tackle and center), he helped Alabama average 224.6 rushing yards per game while not allowing a sack in this season. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: C Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5 302 Sr., Germantown, TN...Jones, from Germantown, Tenn., is a two-time consensus All-American, earning accolades in 2011 at left tackle and then at center in 2012. He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center this season. A three-time All-SEC selection (right guard, left tackle and center), he helped Alabama average 224.6 rushing yards per game while not allowing a sack in this season. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: Center - Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, senior...Jones, from Germantown, Tenn., is a two-time consensus All-American, earning accolades in 2011 at left tackle and then at center in 2012. He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center this season. A three-time All-SEC selection (right guard, left tackle and center), he helped Alabama average 224.6 rushing yards per game while not allowing a sack in this season. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): C - Barrett Jones (Unanimous), Alabama, Sr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jones has started 49 games at the Capstone, including 13 this season at center. He has blocked for eight 100-yard rushers in 2012 and 33 in his career. In the 12 regular season games, Jones missed just six assignments on 656 snaps and graded out at 90 percent or better in nine of those games. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C - Barrett Jones, Alabama, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jones has started 49 games at the Capstone, including 13 this season at center. He has blocked for eight 100-yard rushers in 2012 and 33 in his career. In the 12 regular season games, Jones missed just six assignments on 656 snaps and graded out at 90 percent or better in nine of those games. - Alabama football
12/04/2012 - 2012 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY WINNER: Alabama senior center Barrett Jones was named the winner of the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday evening, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation as part of the 55th National Football Foundation Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.
"I want to thank everyone from Alabama who helped make this possible for me," Jones said while accepting the award. "I want to thank Coach (Mal) Moore, Coach Saban and all of my teammates. I think many people know how good of a football coach he (Saban) is, but what he doesn't get enough credit for is how good of a job he does developing young men.
"I also want to thank my parents and my family. I am very close to my parents. There is no way I would be up here today without them. When I left for college my dad told me something that I will never forget, he said "Barrett never forget who you are and whose you are." I have tried to live up to that my whole life. He has taught me many good principles about how to work hard, how to help others and how to give back.
Jones, from Germantown, Tenn., is the first Crimson Tide player to capture the William V. Campbell. He was the sixth Alabama football player to be named a NFF National Scholar-Athlete, joining Johnny Musso (1971), Randy Hall (1974), Steadman Shealy (1979), DeMeco Ryans (2005) and Greg McElroy (2010).
"We are very proud of Barrett for winning the Campbell Trophy," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "He is very deserving in terms of all that he has accomplished both academically and athletically. He is one of the finest human beings that I have ever had the opportunity to coach." - Alabama football
12/03/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Barrett Jones (Alabama)...Jones is the third Crimson Tide player to be named a finalist for the Rimington Award, joining the likes of William Vlachos (2011) and Antoine Caldwell (2008). Jones spent his first two years starting at right guard for Alabama, and when the Tide needed a left tackle in 2011, he moved over and won the Outland Trophy for the nation's best interior linemen. In 2012, Alabama needed to replace a three-year starter at center and Jones stepped up once again and has exceled at that position this year.
Jones graded out at an average of 90.8 percent in the Tide's 12 regular season games, including nine games over 90 percent. He had just six missed assignments on 656 plays while anchoring one of the nation's top offensive lines in 49 starts over the last four years. - Alabama football
11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Barrett Jones, Center, Alabama, Sr., Germantown, Tenn.,...Jones had the highest grade (96 percent) for any Alabama offensive lineman this season in the Tide's 49-0 win against Auburn. The Alabama offensive line did not allow a sack in the game and Jones did not have any pressures, penalties or missed assignments. Alabama scored a touchdown on each of its first seven drives of the game. - SEC football
11/21/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALIST (COLLEGE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR): Barrett Jones, University of Alabama Offensive Lineman...Jones is one of the most versatile and productive linemen in college football. He has played guard, tackle and center on two national championship teams at Alabama. The 6-5, 302-pound senior from Germantown, Tenn., is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the "Academic Heisman" that is presented by the National Football Foundation. - Alabama football
11/21/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING INTERIOR LINEMAN): Barrett Jones (Alabama)...Jones, who followed previous Alabama Outland Trophy winners, offensive tackles Chris Samuels (1999) and Andre Smith (2008), as the 2011 winner, is one of the most versatile and productive linemen in college football. He has played guard, tackle and center on two national championship teams at Alabama. The 6-5, 302-pound senior from Germantown, Tenn., is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the "Academic Heisman" that is presented by the National Football Foundation. - Alabama football
11/15/2012 - Alabama Crimson Tide center Barrett Jones may not rack up the stats that other Tide players AJ McCarron and CJ Mosley do. However, he has them all beat when it comes to his trophy case. The 2011 Outland Trophy winner for the best offensive lineman in college football is again at the top of many award lists. Jones is the favorite to win the 2012 Outland trophy and the Rimington trophy, given to the nation's top center. The All-American candidate directs one of the best offensive lines in college football. This season the Crimson Tide offensive line is blocking for 200 rushing yards and 225 passing yards per game. Jones made the move to center this season with no trouble. The senior has not allowed a sack in 289 pass attempts and has averaged an 89.2 grade through ten games. He won the team's offensive player of the week against Missouri, and Coach Nick Saban always speaks highly of Jones. "Whether Barrett Jones was a football player or not, I think he would be one of the finest people anybody in this room or anywhere else would have the opportunity to meet," Saban said of his star center. "He would be one of the finest players I ever had the opportunity to coach." The Heisman hype for Jones might have died down from earlier in the season, but by season's end it's all but assured Jones will be holding some hardware. - Caleb Turrentine, Bama Hammer
11/10/2012 - Most Alabama fans are accustomed to seeing Barrett Jones on the football field. The senior center and 2011 Outland Trophy winner is a big part of the Crimson Tide's offensive line. "As a football player," said head coach Nick Saban. "I don't know that I've been around another guy who can play every position on the offensive line and do it efficiently, effectively and win awards. Then still be as good a person as humble a person. Not very many people like him he's just special." But, there's another side to the 6'5 300-pound student-athlete. "Barrett has always had a thing about little kids," said Barrett's father, Rex Jones. "Even when he was growing up our neighbors watched the way he interacted with kids, which was fun for me because he's really just a big kid inside." Not only has Barrett been able to make a deep impact on his community, but also his little brother, Harrison, a sophomore tight end for the Tide. "He's done things the right way," Harrison said. "I want to model my life like that. That's something I can look at and say to myself that's where I want to go as well." Barrett's already received All-American recognition, a pair of national championship rings and been named to the All-State AFCA Good Works team, but he still has another challenging obstacle to conquer that can provide him with an even bigger opportunity to reach people. "He does have a goal to want to play in the NFL," Rex said "I told him if you never play another down of football it won't bother me or your mother or anyone else because we love you for who you are and not because you play football. Where he gets drafted will be another chapter in his life for him to really be able to go and start anther identity of who he is and be able to share with other people in a new area." - Britton Lynn, WBRC TV 6 News
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: C BARRETT JONES (Alabama) -- Graded at 92 percent with no penalties, no sacks and no QB pressures against Missouri. - SEC football
09/14/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: C Barrett Jones -- The offensive line's leader has to be chomping at the bit to get back on the field after Western Kentucky picked up six sacks last week. Not all of them were the line's fault, but six sacks for a group of linemen regarded as the best in the country is nothing to be proud of and Jones has probably let his linemates know about that. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 28. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama: At tackle, guard and center, Jones has demonstrated he's dependable against elite competition. I'm not going to go as far as Nick Saban and mention the name of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews when making a case for listing the defending Outland Trophy and Jacobs Blocking Trophy award winner here -- well, I wasn't going to. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. Barrett Jones...Rarely does a technically-refined offensive lineman earn top billing at a university with such tradition of producing flashy athletes at virtually every position but in the case of Do-Everything Jones (pictured above), the honor is well deserved. Since redshirting for the Tide in 2008, Jones has simply started 35 of the past 39 games, earning action at right guard (25 starts), left tackle (10 starts), as well as sliding over to play the three other positions up front, as well, when necessary. Despite earning First Team All-SEC honors (and third team All-American accolades by the Associated Press) in 2010 while at right guard, Jones was asked to move to the all-important blindside tackle position last season and starred there, earning the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman, as well as the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (SEC's top offensive lineman) and was a consensus All-American. This season, Saban is moving his top lineman once again; this time to the center position, where the same intelligence, quickness, balance and surprising anchor Jones demonstrated has demonstrated at guard and tackle will translate well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. Barrett Jones...Jones is typically characterized as a try-hard player who gets by with excellent fundamentals and it is true that he uses his hands and feet very well to consistently defeat his opponent. However, while he isn't likely to cause anyone to compare his raw athleticism to former first round offensive tackles Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys, No. 9, 2011) or Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers, No. 28, 2007), Jones is smooth and efficient when easing back at the snap in pass protection or getting to the second level. He latches on and keeps his feet moving on contact, rarely allowing his opponent to make the play even if he's relatively close to the ball-carrier. Saban has publicly compared Jones to Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, who saw action at all five positions during his 19 years with the Houston Oilers (and Tennessee Titans), and whom Saban saw up close when coaching defensive backs in Houston from 1988-1989. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/07/2012 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE NON-QBS: 10b. Barrett Jones, Alabama, OL: The heartbeat of the country's top O-line, Jones can play anywhere on the Tide's front and succeed. When Nick Saban was asked last month if he's ever been around a lineman like Jones and who offers this kind of versatility, the Alabama coach went all the way back and mentioned the great Bruce Matthews, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. That's a mouthful. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
08/07/2012 - The talk amongst Alabama's players and coaches hasn't exactly been typical of a reigning national champion. Instead of discussing how they plan to repeat all the glory of the 2011 season, this year's Crimson Tide players have been focused on how they won't repeat the missteps of 2010, the 10-3 season following Alabama's 2009 national championship. Such are the advantages of having a roster with a significant amount of players who have won two national titles. "The first time, Coach (Nick) Saban said 'No Complacency' and we talked about it and said to each other but for some reason, we just didn't buy into it," center Barrett Jones said. "This year, it's started with the older guys talking to the younger guys. It's not going to sneak up on us this year. We know that we have to if anything, work harder this year than last year." - The Sports Xchange
08/04/2012 - Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is rooming with senior center Barrett Jones - and enjoying torturing the Outland Trophy winner at every opportunity. "That kid is a handful, man," McCarron said with a smile after Friday's practice. "I love messing with him. We had a little thing last night. Everything he said I just disagreed with, even if he was 100 percent correct. "And he finally looks at me, rolls his eyes and says, ???I'm going to bed.' I was like, ???All right, just go.' "Me and him are great friends. We mess with each other all the time. It's been a pleasure working with a guy like that." On a more serious note, McCarron said Jones has improved his snapping ability, something that took getting used to when the lineman moved from left tackle last spring. "We didn't have a missed snap today," McCarron said. "I told him I'm waiting to see his shotgun snaps. But it's definitely been a fun experience working with Barrett." - Ken Rogers, The Dothan Eagle
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): C Barrett Jones (183), Alabama, Sr., was a unanimous first-team All-American at left tackle in 2011. He is expected make the move to center as a senior in 2012. - Alabama football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C - Barrett Jones, Alabama, ... Jones was a unanimous first-team All-American at left tackle in 2011. He is expected make the move to center as a senior in 2012. - Alabama football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Barrett Jones, senior, Center, Alabama, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Jones was a unanimous first-team All-American at left tackle in 2011. He is expected make the move to center as a senior in 2012. - Alabama football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Barrett Jones, C/G/T, Alabama, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Barrett Jones, Alabama, C, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. - The Football Writers Association of America
07/10/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Barrett Jones, Alabama, Senior, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the The Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. - The Rimington Trophy
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 29. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama: Frankly, only the fact that Jones isn't an elite athlete keeps him this low on my list. He started every game at left tackle for the Crimson Tide in 2011 and saw playing time at three other spots -- right tackle, left guard and center. He did this after starting the previous two seasons at right guard. At every position he's played well -- and against obviously top-notch competition. The reigning Outland Trophy Award winner as the nation's top offensive lineman, Jones isn't flashy ... he's just so damn reliable. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/11/2012 - There's no doubt Saban will lean on senior offensive lineman Barrett Jones, a former Evangelical Christian School star who was last year's Outland Trophy winner as the most outstanding interior lineman in college football. Jones has played every position on the line, starting his first two years at right guard before being moved to left tackle last season. This spring, the brainy and athletically gifted Jones was moved to center to replace graduated William Vlachos, who signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent. "At first, Barrett was a little uncomfortable with it (switching to center), but he made progress in the spring," Saban said. "He's intelligent and has great leadership skills. I think center is the best place in the line to project both those things in making line calls. "Barrett takes any challenge. He always looks at it as what's best for the team. The more different things he can do, he's creating value for his (pro) future." - Ron Higgins, The Memphis Commercial Appeal
05/02/2012 - The Senior Bowl announced Tuesday that Phil Savage will take over June 1st as its new Executive Director. Savage replaces Steve Hale, whose 19-year run as director saw the Senior Bowl emerge as the nation's preeminent college football all-star game. According to the game's official website, www.SeniorBowl.com, their 2012 roster featured 82 players selected in last weekend's NFL draft. By comparison, the East-West Shrine Game saw 39 players drafted. For as successful as Hale was, however, there is optimism that the game will only improve under Savage due to his local roots and NFL ties. Savage, 47, is a Mobile, Alabama native and has worked in the NFL since serving as part of Bill Belichick's coaching staff in Cleveland in 1991. He made the switch to the personnel side three years later and rose through the ranks of Director of College Scouting and Director of Player Personnel with the Baltimore Ravens before returning to Cleveland in 2005 as the team's Vice President and General Manager. After three years at the helm, Savage was replaced in Cleveland. He served as a player personnel consultant in Philadelphia and became the color analyst for the University of Alabama football broadcasts on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. According to the release, Hale will continue in this role along with his new responsibilities with the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com