There were many things at which to marvel in this year’s SEC championship game. In the interest of time, we’ll choose one: Alabama’s 350 yards rushing. The Tide’s offensive line paved the way for Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon to rush for 181 and 153 yards, respectively.
All of that is even more remarkable when you consider Alabama’s cornerstone along the O-line, center Barrett Jones, was playing with a foot injury. Jones suffered the injury to his left foot — the nature of the injury hasn’t been made official yet — in the first quarter, but played the entire game.
He left the field early just before halftime, but came back out to start the second half. Jones was seen on crutches after the game.
“I knew my teammates needed me,” Jones said. “It never crossed my mind to come out.”
Jones, an All-American, will have just over a month to let his foot heal before the BCS championship game, projected to be between the Tide and Notre Dame.