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Barrett Jones named top returning lineman

The votes have been tallied and we have a winner in the category of the SEC's top returning lineman.

It wasn't even close, as Alabama's Barrett Jones took home 52 percent of the vote with more than 7,500 votes being cast in last week's poll.

I'd like to say I'm shocked, but I'm not. Jones not only won the Outland Trophy in 2011, as the nation's top interior lineman, but he was one of the most versatile linemen in the country. He played just about every position on the offensive line last fall and never really saw any sort of drop off in his production.

Jones might be known as a scholar (and certified nerd) off of the field, but he's an animal on it. Don't let his very polite demeanor fool you. He isn't always so nice to opposing defensive linemen. Jones could have easily left for the NFL after his junior year, but decided to return to Tuscaloosa for one last season with the Crimson Tide.

Arkansas' Alvin Bailey came in second, earning 29 percent of the vote. Bailey was very impressive during his sophomore season. He had a solid freshman year in 2010, but really improved in 2011 and earned All-SEC second team honors. Bailey should enter the 2012 season as a first-team selection.

Kentucky's Larry Warford and Alabama's D.J. Fluker both grabbed single-digit percentages, while our "Other" category received 13 percent of the vote.

We said farewell to plenty of talented SEC offensive linemen after the 2011 season, but it's not like the conference will lack in line talent next year. There are a few big boys that will make sure all of your favorite quarterbacks are as comfy as they can be in 2012.