Hall and Smith Add to Freshmen Honors

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Freshmen Prince Hall and Andre Smith added to their growing list of awards for the University of Alabama football team as they were named to the 2006 Scripps Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team on Monday.

Hall, a redshirt freshman from Moreno Valley, Calif., was the only defensive player and one of three total unanimous selections on the 27-player squad. Hall was one of Alabama's top defensive players over the second half of the season. He started the final eight games to give him nine starts in 13 contests. Over the final eight games he led the team with 56 tackles, including eight tackles for a loss. He led the squad with 46 solo tackles and finished the season third on the team with 77 tackles, including a team-high 10.5 tackles for a loss. He was third on the squad with two sacks and second with two fumble recoveries. He returned one of those fumbles 50 yards for his first career touchdown at Florida. 

Smith, a true freshman from Birmingham, became just the seventh true freshman since 1972 to start the season opener. He started all 13 games at left tackle and led the team with 871 total snaps. He played 65 or more snaps in 10 of the 13 games. He led the team throughout the regular season with 62 knockdowns, posting five or more in six games. He also played on the extra point and field goal units.

Alabama was the only school in the SEC with two players named to the Scripps Freshman All-America team. The Crimson Tide finished the season with a 34-31 loss to Oklahoma State in the PetroSun Independence Bowl to end the year with a 6-7 record.

2006 Alabama Football Post-Season Award Winners

Javier Arenas
Freshman All-SEC (The Sporting News)

Simeon Castille
1st Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
1st Team All-SEC (Coaches)

Antoine Caldwell
2nd Team All-SEC (Coaches)

P.J. Fitzgerald
Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)
Freshman All-SEC (The Sporting News)

DJ Hall

2nd Team All-SEC (Coaches)

Prince Hall
Freshman All-American (Rivals.com)
Freshman All-American (Scripps)
SEC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year (The Sporting News)
Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)
Freshman All-SEC (The Sporting News)

Andre Smith
Freshman All-American (Rivals.com)
Freshman All-American (Scripps)
Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)
Freshman All-SEC (The Sporting News)