Outland winner Jones staying at Alabama

Saying he was "in no hurry to get to the NFL," offensive lineman Barrett Jones announced Friday that he would return to Alabama for his senior season.

Jones made the announcement after practice on Friday as the second-ranked Crimson Tide continued to get ready for the BCS National Championship against No. 1 LSU on January 9.

"I have decided that I will be coming back to Alabama next year," said Jones, who won the Outland Trophy three weeks ago as the nation's best interior lineman.

"I sat down with my family and made a list of pros and cons and decided I love college, I love being at Alabama and I love putting on the crimson jersey. I have a great group of friends, and I am in no hurry to get to the NFL. I do want to play in the NFL one day but I am not in any rush."

Jones, listed at 6-foot-5, 311-pounds, helped pave the way at left tackle for Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson to rush for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and Alabama ranked 15th nationally with 219.83 rushing yards per game.