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Alabama C Barrett Jones "close to 100 percent"

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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."

Or maybe the walking boot was just a crafty effort to keep the spotlight on the guys in the trenches. A savvy veteran move.

"The big players, we have to do anything we can to draw attention away from the skill players," Jones said with a wry smile. "I feel the boot was kind of a ploy to do that. Worked to perfection. It's a fifth-year thing."

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