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Three Alabama players named finalists for prestigious college football awards

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Barrett Jones celebrates with T.J. Yeldon after a touchdown against Tennessee in 2012. (abc3340.com) Barrett Jones celebrates with T.J. Yeldon after a touchdown against Tennessee in 2012. (abc3340.com)
Dee Milliner returns an interception in Alabama's win over Michigan in 2012. (abc3340.com) Dee Milliner returns an interception in Alabama's win over Michigan in 2012. (abc3340.com)
C.J. Mosley celebrates a sack of Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in 2012. (abc3340.com) C.J. Mosley celebrates a sack of Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in 2012. (abc3340.com)

Alabama's Barrett Jones, C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner were all named finalists for three of college football's most prestigious awards this week.

Barrett Jones, Senior - Outland Trophy

For the second straight year, Jones was named a finalist -- one of three -- for the Outland Trophy Award, which is given to the nation's best interior offensive or defensive lineman. Jones won the trophy last season playing left tackle for the Crimson Tide, but made the move to center this season following the graduation of three-year starter William Vlachos.

In 606 plays this season, Jones has missed only six assignments and is the unquestioned leader of one of the country's top offensive lines.

Should he win in 2012, Jones would become just the second lineman ever to take the trophy in back-to-back seasons. Nebraska's Dave Rimington is currently the only player to accomplish the feat after he won in 1981 and 1982.

Other finalists include Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

C.J. Mosley, Junior - Butkus Award

Alabama junior linebacker C.J. Mosley was one of five finalists selected for the 28th annual Butkus Award, the Butkus Foundation announced Tuesday. The award honors the top linebacker in collegiate and high school football.

Mosley leads the Crimson Tide with 89 tackles and has added six tackles for a loss, four sacks and two interceptions. He has returned one interception for a touchdown and has one forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.

Other Butkus Award finalists include Georgia's Jarvis Jones, Oregon's Dion Jordan, LSU's Kevin Minter and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

Dee Milliner, Junior - Thorpe Award

Junior cornerback Dee Milliner was named one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award on Monday, given to the top defensive back in college football. Milliner leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with 1.6 passed defended per game and has 45 tackles and two interceptions in 2012.

Milliner is currently tied for third in school history in pass break ups and is third in the NCAA among active players. Last week he was named one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.

This year's Outland Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award winners will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards show airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Butkus Award winner will be notified on or before December 4.

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