Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/113 - Barrett Jones, C/G, 6-4, 306, Alabama...Everything you want in an offensive lineman. Physical and tough, plays through injuries and is so smart, he often helped with the game plan analyzing defenses with the coaches. Started 50 games at three different positions. - The Sports Xchange
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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, the honor is well deserved.
Since redshirting for the Tide in 2008, Jones has simply started 49 of the past 53 games, earning action at right guard (25 starts), center (14) left tackle (10).
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 blind-side tackle position in 2011 and starred there. He earned 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.
Coach Nick Saban moved his top lineman once again in 2012; this time to the center position, where the same intelligence, quickness, balance and surprising anchor Jones demonstrated at guard and tackle translated well.
Jones started all 14 games of Alabama's run to its third national title in fourth year. He was again a consensus All-American and first-team All-SEC performer. He closed out his career with a strong performance against Notre Dame despite playing with torn ligaments in his left foot suffered during the SEC Championship Game.
Jones also won the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy recognizing the "absolute best scholar-athlete" in the nation. He was the first Crimson Tide player to capture the award.
"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.
Whether at tackle, guard or center, Jones has demonstrated that he's dependable against the elite competition in college football. Head coach Nick Saban has said on many occasions that Jones is one of the top players he's ever been around and has compared the 2011 Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) to Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Considering his versatility and dependability (not to mention his coach's impressive recommendation), Jones quietly ranks among the safest prospects in the draft.
STRENGTHS: 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 ballcarrier.
WEAKNESSES: Doesn't blow defenders off the ball with pure strength. Not a flashy athlete and may struggle to excel at the NFL level.
COMPARES TO: Bruce Matthews, OL, ex-Oilers/Titan -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has publicly compared Jones to the Hall of Famer 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.
Three-time All-SEC selection at three different positions: right guard, left tackle and center)
2012 Rimington Trophy (nation's top center)...Consensus first team All-American...One of three finalists for Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman)...One of three finalists for Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman or linebacker)...49 starts (25 at RG '09-'10...11 at LT '11...13 at C '12)...Has missed only six assignments all season (99.2%, best among OL starters, on 731 snaps).
Senior anchor for Crimson Tide and recognized among the nation's best offensive lineman ... former starter at right guard (2009-10) and left tackle ('11) who moved to center in 2012 to replace the departed William Vlachos -- allowing Alabama to assemble the best five-man combination of talent on the offensive front ... received the 2012 Rimington Trophy, as the nation's best center ... presented with National Football Foundation's prestigious William V. Campbell Award as the nation's best football student-athlete (commonly refererred to as the "Academic Heisman") ... also named the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (from College Sports Information Directors of America) ... compiled 4.0 grade-point average throughout his nine semesters at Alabama, graduating in three years with a bachelor's degree in accounting (May '11) and then receiving his master's in accountancy (Dec. 15, 2012) a couple weeks before the BCS title game ... has received 2012 All-America honors from the FWAA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.
One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and one of three for the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) ... joined Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o as only FBS football players in 2012 to be named an AP first team All-American and a Capital One/CoSIDA first team Academic All-American ... there were 48 total players named Academic All-America (24 first team; 24 second team) and a total of 74 on the AP All-America teams (1st/2nd/3rd) - with only two others appearing somewhere on both lists (Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins was first team Academic All-America & second team AP All-American, while Clemson lineman Dalton Freeman was a second teamer on both lists) ... yet to surrender a sack in 2012, spanning 287 pass attempts ... has missed only six assignments in 731 snaps (99.2 percent) and has graded out at 90 percent or better in 10 games (avg. of 90.4) ... has 20 pancake blocks ... veteran of 49 career starts, including 25 at right guard (2009-10), 11 at left tackle (2011) and 13 at center (2012) ... has blocked for eight individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2012 and 33 during his career ... has helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game (20th nationally) while blocking for 439.1 yards per game of total offense (40th nationally). Michigan: Opened many of the holes for 232 yards on the ground and 431 yards of total offense ... T.J. Yeldon became first Alabama freshman to rush for over 100 yards (111) in his debut game ... did not allow a sack.
Western Kentucky: Blocked on line that helped amass 328 yards of total offense in 35-0 shutout. Arkansas: Helped block for 438 yards of total offense, (225 rushing) ... part of offensive line that did not allow a sack. Florida Atlantic: The Tide turned in another impressive show of balance in 40-7 win (256 rushing yards, 247 passing) ... helped block for Eddie Lacy's 106 yards, on only 15 first-half carries ... graded out at 92 percent. Mississippi: Provided blocks as part of 305 yards of total offense ... provided the time that helpe allow AJ McCarron to complete 73 percent of his passes and two scores ... did not allow a sack. Missouri: Graded out at 92 percent ... did not allow a sack or miss an assignment ... named Alabama offensive player of the week ... helped clear path for Alabama to rush for season-high 362 yards and six touchdowns (533 yards of total offense) ... both Lacy (177 yards; 3 TDs) and Yeldon (144; 2 TDs) set career bests in rushing during the 42-10 win. Tennessee: Anchored line that blocked for Tide's second straight game of 500-plus yards ... helped compile 233 rushing yards, 306 passing ... graded out at 93 percent ... Yeldon went for his third 100-yard rushing game (129), as Alabama running backs averaged 6.2 per carry. Mississippi State: Continued his streak of not allowing a sack (nine straight games) ... helped block for 414 yards of total offense (179 net yards on the ground).
LSU: Key cog in line that kept a bruised McCarron upright in 21-17 come-from-behind road victory over the No. 5 Tigers ... did not allow a sack and graded out at a season-best 95 percent, against one of the best defenses in the country ... helped provide plenty of time to pass on the game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the air)in only 43 seconds, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass to Yeldon ... blocked on line that fronted Lacy's 165 rushing yards (7.5 yards per rush; one TD) while Yeldon averaged 6.9. Texas A&M: Helped provide time for McCarron to throw for 309 yards and a touchdown ... member of line that opened holes for Lacy to rush for 92 yards on 16 carries (5.8 per rush) ... missed only one assignment in 66 snaps and had two pancake blocks ... posted a grade of 90 percent. Western Carolina: It was a short but successful day for the offensive line starters, exiting late in the second quarter with 35-0 lead ... graded out at 95 percent, with no missed assignments or penalties ... helped block on four rushing TDs (three by Lacy) and 300 rushing yards ... did not allow a sack. Auburn: Named SEC lineman of the week for his efforts in 49-0 Iron Bowl win ... again did not allow a sack while the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense ... played only one series in third quarter and graded out at 96 percent (highest by any Tide lineman all season), on 50 plays ... helped block for Lacy's 131-yard, two-touchdown performance. Georgia: Anchored line that opened holes for SEC Championship Game record 350 rushing yards ... helped Lacy (181 yards) and Yeldon (153) rush for career highs (512 yards total offense) ... did not miss an assignment and recorded three pancake blocks.
Jones is one of the most talented and versatile offensive linemen in the nation ... captured the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's best interior lineman, and is the third Alabama player to win the award ... a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award ... unanimous All-American by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBSsports.com and Rivals.com.
First-team All-SEC by the coaches and the Associated Press ... named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the top offensive lineman in the SEC ... also won the Wuerffel Trophy and the ARA Sportsmanship Award ... started 10 games for the Crimson Tide at left tackle and 35 games in his UA career (25 at right guard) ... missed the Mississippi State and Georgia Southern games after spraining his ankle ... has also seen action at left guard, right tackle and center this season.
Helps Alabama rank 15th nationally running the football with an average of 219.8 yards per game while ranking 16th nationally in scoring offense with 36.0 points per game and 30th in total offense (433.4 ypg) ... ranks 28th nationally in sacks allowed at 1.25 per game ... the Tide has scored 33 rushing touchdowns to rank tied for ninth nationally ... Jones has blocked for 25 100-yard rushers in his career, including nine this season ... earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following the Arkansas win ... a two-time Offensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... faced seven defenses ranked in the top 50 nationally ... only missed nine assignments in 587 snaps this year.
Kent State: Helped clear the way for 183 yards rushing, including 134 rushing and receiving yards from Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson's three rushing touchdowns ... earned UA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his work. Penn State: Blocked for 196 rushing yards while not allowing a sack to the talented Nittany Lion front seven ... helped Richardson account for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
North Texas: Opened holes for a season-high 347 rushing yards including 100-yard games from Trent Richardson (167) and Eddie Lacy (161) ... Richardson found the end zone three times while Lacy scored twice ... at quarterback, AJ McCarron had time to complete 71.4 percent of his passes. Arkansas: Was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following his efforts in a 38-14 win over the Hogs ... helped the Tide account for 197 yards on the ground, including 126 from Richardson, and 397 total yards. Florida: Cleared a path for 226 rushing yards in the 38-10 win over the Gators as Richardson went for a career-best 181 yards and two touchdowns ... also protected McCarron's blide side as the Tide did not surrender a sack.
Vanderbilt: Made his sixth start at left tackle ... opened holes for Richardson's fifth 100-yard rushing game and 419 yards of total offense ... provided time for McCarron to throw four touchdowns. Mississippi: Helped open holes for two 100-yard rushers -- Richardson (183 yards and four touchdowns) and Jalston Folwer (124 yards and two touchdowns) ... blocked for 389 rushing yards while providing time for 226 yards through the air for a season-best 615 yards of total offense ... did not allow a sack.
Tennessee: Led an offensive line that allowed just one coverage sack while McCarron threw for a career-high 284 yards with one touchdown ... opened holes for 157 yards on the ground and three scores in a 37-6 win over the Volunteers. LSU: Battled through an ankle sprain suffered early in the game and finished ... helped Alabama account for 295 yards of offense against one of the nation's best defenses, including 169 yards from scrimmage for Richardson. Mississippi State: Missed the game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the second quarter of the LSU contest. Auburn: Returned to the starting lineup and helped the Tide beat the Tigers 42-14 ... cleared a path for 203 rushing yards for Richardson ... did not miss an assignment ... graded out at 90 percent.
Jones started 11 games of the 2010 season and 25 games at right guard ... first-team Academic All-American in 2010 ... third-team AP All-American ... first-team All-SEC by the AP ... was on the watch list for the Outland Trophy ... helped the Crimson Tide rank 22nd nationally in total offense, racking up 444.15 yards per game ... the Tide also ranked 29th nationally running the ball at 182.92 yards per game and 27th passing at 261.15 ypg ... was the anchor of an offensive line that provided time for the nation's No. 4 quarterback in passing efficiency ... blocked for five 100-yard rushers in 2010 and 16 during his UA career ... missed the last two games of the regular season against Georgia State and Auburn because of a high ankle sprain.
San Jose State: Helped pave the way for the Crimson Tide to rush for 257 total yards. Penn State: Cleared a path for Trent Richardson to rush for a career-best 144 yards as the Tide totaled 180 yards on the ground. Duke: Started and helped UA to a fast start scoring 28 first-quarter points and 45 first-half points ... blocked for 626 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Arkansas: Helped the Crimson Tide mount a second-half comeback in Fayetteville behind a rushing attack led by 157 yards from Mark Ingram and 227 total on the ground ... helped Greg McElroy complete 69 percent of his passes and complete all four of his passes on third down in the second half for 44 yards and four first downs. Florida: Cleared a path for 170 rushing yards and two Ingram touchdowns while McElroy completed 64.7 percent of his passes with no picks.
South Carolina: Started his 20th straight game at right guard as the Tide passed for 315 yards. Mississippi: Helped the Crimson Tide total 319 yards of total offense in a methodical 23-10 win over the Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tennessee: Earned his eighth straight start at the right guard position ... helped provide the time for the Tide to throw for 326 yards ... helped provide the blocks for Alabama to rush for 210 yards, including 119 by Richardson and 88 by Ingram.LSU: Helped pave the way for Mark Ingram to rush for 97 yards ... provided time for McElroy to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Mississippi State: Cleared a path for 452 yards of total offense, including 175 on the ground and 277 in the air ... did not allow a sack or a pressure. Georgia State: Missed his first career start after suffering a sprained ankle in the MSU game five days earlier. Auburn: Missed his second straight game due to a high ankle sprain. Michigan State: Returned to action after missing the final two regular-season games after suffering a high-ankle sprain ... made his 11th start of the season at right guard ... helped clear a path for 275 yards rushing -- second-highest total of the year -- and 546 yards of total offense while not surrendering a sack or a pressure.
Started all 14 games of his redshirt freshman season at right guard for the undefeated national champion Crimson Tide ... was one of three new starters on the Tide's offensive front ... helped the Tide compile 403.0 yards of total offense per game, which ranked 42nd nationally and 215.07 yards on the ground - 12th in the nation ... running back Mark Ingram was the beneficiary of the line's solid play, ranking 11th nationally in rushing at 118.43 ypg ... helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 215.07 yards per game on the ground and 187.93 per game in the air.
Helped clear the way for 11 100-yard rushers ... provided time for quarterback Greg McElroy to post a 140.55 passing efficiency rating that ranked 28th nationally ... left tackle on an offensive line that allowed just 1.43 sack per game to rank 36th nationally and fourth in the SEC as a unit ... the Tide offensive line also went the final 38 quarters of the 2009 season with having a holding penalty enforced. Virginia Tech: He earned his first career start in a Crimson Tide uniform ... helped the Tide put up a total of 498 yards, including 268 on the ground against the No. 7 Hokies.
Provided the blocks that aided Mark Ingram to rush for 150 yards en route to being named the SEC Offensive Player of the week. Florida International: Helped Alabama amass 516 total yards of offense, including 275 on the ground ... provided running room that led to 6.5 yards per carry ... helped newcomer Trent Richardson rush for 118 yards en route to being named the SEC Freshman of the Week. North Texas: For the third straight week, Jones helped the Tide amass at least 498 total yards (523) and 250 yards on the ground (260 yards) ... provided the holes that enabled UA to average 5.8 yards per rush and have three rushers gain over 75 yards apiece.
Arkansas: He helped Alabama once again total over 400 yards (425) of total offense ... helped newcomer Trent Richardson earn his second SEC Freshman of the Week award ... provided the time for Greg McElroy to throw for 291 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Kentucky: He blocked for another 100-yard rusher as Mark Ingram tallied 140 yards and a 6.4 yards per carry average ... helped the team rush for over 200 yards (204). Mississippi: He opened holes for Mark Ingram's 172-yard rushing effort, the fourth 100-yard effort by a UA player this season.
Helped the Tide rush for 200 yards, average 4.9 yards per carry and produce 354 yards of total offense. South Carolina: Jones helped pave the way for Mark Ingram to rush for a career-best and Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards ... led the way for the team to rush for 264 yards ... helped open the holes for the Tide to average 6.9 yards per carry. Tennessee: He helped Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy stay off his back as the offensive line did not allow a sack ... provided the holes for Mark Ingram to rush for 99 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry. LSU: Jones paved the way for Ingram's fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season (144 yards).
Helped Alabama rush for 176 yards as a team ... the line allowed just one sack as the quarterback had time to complete 19 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State: Jones helped clear the way for Mark Ingram to once again rush for over 100 yards (149) ... provided the holes for the Tide to amass 252 yards on the ground ... was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and helped enable quarterback Greg McElroy to toss two touchdowns and complete 72 percent of his passes. Chattanooga: Played only the first half as the Crimson Tide routed the Mocs 45-0 ... did not allow any sacks on a first-team line that also kept the quarterback's jersey clean.
Helped clear a path for a season-high 313 rushing yards and Ingram seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season ... provided time for the quarterbacks to complete 62.5 percent of their passes. Auburn: Helped Alabama engineer a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that proved to be the difference in the game as the Tide went 79 yards in 15 plays and ate up 7:03 on the clock. Florida: Cleared a path for 490 yards of total offense and 251 yards on the ground ... the rushing yardage was the most allowed by the Gators during Urban Meyer's tenure.
Helped Ingram crack the 100-yard barrier for the eighth time in 2009 ... the line allowed just one sack and gave time for McElroy to post a 196.53 passing efficiency rating. Texas: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 205 net yards, the most allowed by the Longhorns all season ... blocked for two 100-yard rushers as Mark Ingram went for 116 yards and Trent Richardson 109 ... it was the first time Alabama had two 100-yard rushers since the 2004 season opener -- a span of 77 games.
Played in three games as a true freshman before a shoulder injury ended his season ... saw action against Western Kentucky and participated in two SEC games at Arkansas and at home against Kentucky ... earned a medical redshirt.
2012: Suffered torn ligaments in his left foot during the SEC Championship Game. Returned to practice the day before the BCS title game and played against Notre Dame, stating afterward that he would need surgery.
"Our trainer did a great job," he said during practice leading up to the title game. "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."
2010: Missed the last two games of the regular season against Georgia State and Auburn because of a high ankle sprain.
He was a 2007 U.S. Army All-American ... listed as the No. 20 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep and the No. 1 player in Tennessee ... listed on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 5, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio ... The Mobile Press-Register's Super 120 Team (No. 15) ... top-rated football player in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com ... top-rated center by Rivals.com ... also ranked 60th on Rivals.com Top 100 list.
Ranked the No. 53 overall player in the country by Sports Illustrated/Takkle.com ... a third-team EA Sports All-American ... four-star offensive lineman by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... rated as the 18th-best offensive lineman nationally by Scout.com ... 2007 finalist for Division II AA Mr. Football in Tennessee ... named first-team All-State by The Nashville Tennessean and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... named 2007 West Tennessee Coaches Association All-Region team.
Father, Rex, played basketball at Alabama under head coach Wimp Sanderson from 1982-84.
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/113 - Barrett Jones, C/G, 6-4, 306, Alabama...Everything you want in an offensive lineman. Physical and tough, plays through injuries and is so smart, he often helped with the game plan analyzing defenses with the coaches. Started 50 games at three different positions. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: C: Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 306, 5.40 (est.)...Forget the fact that Jones is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery. Forget the greater raw athleticism other linemen have demonstrated in workouts. Instead, remember that Jones has been a dominant performer at center, right guard and center against SEC competition. In football, the most important thing a player can bring is dependability. No player in this draft proved more reliable than Jones. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Representatives from 32 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Alabama on March 13, where 10 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Barrett Jones, G (6-4 5/8, 309) - Jones still has his foot in a boot, so all he did was get measured and execute 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He is targeting one of the later dates at Alabama to work out. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/13 - 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
03/03/13 - 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. ďPeople donít realize itís tougher for us to come here and compete in the combine because we play so late," Jones said. "Weíre 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 youíre playing a game thatís 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. "Itís 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?" ďYouíve got to realize you canít control that," Jones said. "I canít control that I was hurt. I just have to focus on the things I can control. Thatís interview well and doing all the little things right." - Andrew Gribble, Alabama Live
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