Barrett Jones is a nerd, at least by football standards.

The Alabama redshirt junior left tackle is so talented at the violin that he can play what people hum. He has such a big vocabulary that he once finished 15th in his age proud in a national Scrabble tournament in Boston.

He is also smart enough in the classroom that he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in accounting in just three years with a 4.0 grade-point average and is working on his master’s degree while preparing for the CPA test in April.

“He’s a good nerd to be around,” Alabama running back Trent Richardson says.

Yet the 6-foot-5, 311-pound Jones has another reputation for No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) entering its colossal home game Saturday night against top-ranked LSU (8-0, 5-0). It’s one that is surprising on a Crimson Tide team stocked with future NFL players.

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