CAREER AWARDS SEC Freshman of the Week, March 18, 2013
FRESHMAN (2013) Named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 18 following the Tennessee series ... started all 63 games in centerfield for the Tide, while hitting either leadoff or second all season ... finished his freshman season with a .269 batting average, with a home run, five doubles, a triple, 28 RBI and 31 runs scored ... led the team with 71 hits in a team-high 264 at-bats ... had at least one hit in 49 games and reached bases safely in 55 games ... was second on the club with nine stolen bases and tied for second on the team with 27 walks ... hit .273 against SEC opponents, with five extra base hits (4 doubles, 1 home run), 12 RBI and 16 runs scored ... finished his freshman season with 18 multi-hit games, with five three-hit performances ... produced three outfield assists, cutting down two runners at the plate and one at third ... registered four multi-RBI games, including a four-RBI game during the Tennessee series ... posted streaks of eight straight games with a hit, reached base safely in 14 consecutive games and had 23 straight games without an error in the field ... knocked in the game-winning run twice and scored the game-winning run five times ... had two hits and three RBI in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional ... went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Alabama's win over No. 18 Mississippi in the SEC Tournament ... recorded a single, a walk, and a RBI in each of the final two games at top-ranked Vanderbilt ... recorded a hit and a run scored in each game of the Missouri series with two multi-hit efforts ... reached base three times in the opener (5.10) with a duo of singles and a walk ... turned in a 2-for-3 night in the win over No. 25 Troy (5.8), reaching base four times on a pair of singles and a couple of walks and scored a career-high three runs ... notched a hit in each game of the series at No. 15 Mississippi State ... reached twice and pitched in his third multi-RBI game in the second game of the doubleheader on March 4 ... registered a pair of doubles en route to his 14th multi-hit game of the season in the Friday win over Texas A&M (4.26) ... recorded a hit in each game of the series with the second-ranked LSU Tigers, including his 13th multi-hit effort on Saturday (4.20) ... reached twice on an RBI single and a walk versus UAB (4.16), coming around to score each time ... reached safely in each game against No. 18 Mississippi, including a two hit, two walk performance in the final game of the series on April 14 ... stroked two singles and added a run scored and an RBI against Alcorn State (4.10) ... reached base in each game of the series with No. 9 Arkansas ... had his fifth three-hit performance of the year in the victory over No. 9 Arkansas (4.6) with three singles and two runs scored ... had a pair of singles, an RBI, and a run scored in the win over Southeastern Louisiana (4.2) ... produced a single in each game of the Auburn series ... reached base four times in the win over Auburn on March 28, putting up a single and three walks ... recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5, two run performance at Georgia (3.24) ... reached base three times versus Jacksonville State (3.20), with two singles, a walk, and an RBI ... had two multi-hit games against Tennessee and reached base at least twice in each game ... was 3-for-5 in the final game of the Tennessee series on March 17, including a career-high four RBI ... had an RBI-single on a drag bunt versus Memphis (3.13) ... drew walks in two of three games at No. 5 Louisville ... reached base three times in two of the three games versus Tulane, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base on Saturday and a Sunday performance that included a single, two walks, and a run scored ... drew a career-high three walks against Samford (2.26) ... had a pair of three-hit, one RBI and one run scored games at FAU ... finished the FAU series 7-for-13 (.538) ... had a nice day against Southern Mississippi (2.19), contributing a two RBI double and a run scored ... recorded his first multi-hit game when he was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in the series finale against VMI (2.17).
HIGH SCHOOL Named the 2012 South Birmingham player of the year for the second time ... named the 2011 and 2012 Over the Mountain Athlete of the Year ... was a three-time all-metro selection by the Birmingham News ... was a 2012 preseason Southeast All-Region first team selection by Perfect Game USA ... ranked as the No. 6 prospect in Alabama and no. 166 nationally by Perfect Game USA ... named to the 2012 Alabama Top-100 players list ... was a 2011 class 6A honorable mention all-state selection as an outfielder by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... finished his junior season with a .422 batting average, with seven home runs and 27 RBI ... also had 11 doubles, scored 37 runs and stole 11 bases ... was a 2011 Perfect Game USA third team preseason underclassmen All-American honoree and a Perfect Game USA high honorable mention preseason underclassmen All-American selection in 2010 ... participated in a number of Perfect Game USA showcases during the summer of 2011 ... named the Birmingham News South Hitter of the Year in 2011... was a 2011 first team All-Hoover/South selection by the Birmingham News ... also a standout on the football field as a running back for Vestavia Hills HS ... named the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club's Birmingham Football Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 ... his high school baseball head coach was Dal Davis.
PERSONAL Born George Hanna Salem on Aug. 11, 1993 ... parents are George Salem and Paige Hockman ... has a younger brother Drew ... both his father and grandfather George played football at Alabama ... uncle Ed Salem was an All-American at halfback for the Tide in 1950 and was a 1951 draft pick of the Washington Redskins ... cousin Emeel Salem played baseball for the Tide from 2005-07 and was a two-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 2006 ... majoring in marketing.