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Seven Crimson Tide Players Named to Preseason Media Days All-SEC Football Team



Friday, July 28, 2006

HOOVER, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team placed seven players on the 2006 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days preseason All-SEC team that was released Friday morning on the final day of the three-day event in Hoover, Ala.

Senior defensive back Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville) was the Crimson Tide's lone first team representative.  Robinson is also the lone returning starter in the UA secondary this season.  He has played in 37 career games at Alabama and recorded 100 tackles, 17 pass deflections and two interceptions.  In 12 games last season, Robinson had 32 total stops, nine pass deflections (career high) and two interceptions (career high).

The Crimson Tide has three second-team preseason All-SEC selections, including senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville), center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery) and linebacker Juwan Simpson (Decatur).

Darby has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at Bama and is looking to become the first player in school history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2006.  He enters the season with 2,489 career rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He is 1,077 yards away from becoming the school's all-time leading rusher, a record currently held by Shaun Alexander, the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player.

Caldwell played in all 12 games last season, but did not make the move to center until after the regular season.  He started the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl and did not allow a sack in the Tide's 13-10 win over Texas Tech.

Simpson has played in 34 career games and recorded 137 tackles from his linebacker position.  He has also added 12 TFLs, six pass deflections, four sacks and recovered three fumbles.  A 12-game starter in 2005, Simpson had 64 stops, including six TFLs and 1 ½ sacks for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama also had three third-team preseason All-SEC picks, including junior defensive back Simeon Castille (Birmingham), senior place kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) and senior return specialist Tyrone Prothro (Heflin).

Castille has played in 22 games in his UA career and recorded 42 tackles, 15 pass deflections and four interceptions, including one TD.  In 11 games last season, he had 28 tackles, nine pass deflections (career high) and two interceptions (tied career high).  He recorded his first interception and scored his first career TD in his Alabama debut against Utah State in 2004.

Christensen is the only kicker in Crimson Tide lore to have three game-winning field goals and all three came last season against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech.  He took over the place kicking duties last season and played in 11 games for the Tide and scored 76 points.  He was 16-for-25 (.640) in field goal attempts and 25-for-26 on extra point conversions.

Despite missing the final seven games of the 2005 season with a broken leg suffered against Florida, Prothro still made the preseason All-SEC team at Media Days.  In 26 career games, he has 953 career kick return yards and one TD.  He tied the UA record with a 100-yard kickoff return at Kentucky during the 2004 season.  In addition, Prothro has 863 career receiving yards and five TDs.  He has 1,982 career all-purpose yards at Alabama.

The Crimson Tide was also picked to finish third in the SEC Western Division this season.  Bama received five votes to win the SEC Western Division title and five votes to win the over league title.  Alabama has won more SEC Championships (21) than any other school and holds the NCAA record for most 10-win seasons (28) after last year's 10-2 finish.

The 2006 preseason All-SEC team is as follows:

[104 total voters (NOTE:  Most in SEC Media Days history)]

Pos. Name   School  Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
TE Martrez Milner (35)  Georgia  6-4 240 Sr. Gainesville, Ga.
OL  Arron Sears (95)  Tennessee  6-4  320  Sr.  Russellville, Ala.
OL  Will Arnold (72)   LSU   6-4  322  Jr.  Gloster, Miss.
OL  Daniel Inman (69)   Georgia   6-7  319  Sr.  Hope Mills, N.C.
OL  Tim Duckworth (65)  Auburn   6-4  310  Sr.  Taylorsville, Miss.
C  Nick Jones (73)  Georgia   6-3 295  Sr.  Bowdon, Ga.
WR  Sidney Rice (94)  South Carolina  6-4  200  So.  Gaffney, S.C.
WR  Earl Bennett (49)  Vanderbilt  6-1  202  So.  Birmingham, Ala.
QB  Chris Leak (69)  Florida   6-0  207  Sr.  Charlotte, N.C.
RB  Kenny Irons (84)  Auburn   5-11  200  Sr.  Dacula, Ga.
RB  Darren McFadden (59)  Arkansas  6-2  210  So.  N. Little Rock, Ark.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
TE  Jacob Tamme (33)  Kentucky  6-5  240  Jr.  Danville, Ky.
OL  Brian Stamper (49)  Vanderbilt  6-5  305  Sr.  Windermere, Fla.
OL Michael Oher (14)  Ole Miss  6-5 ½ 330 So. Memphis, Tenn.
OL  Ben Grubbs (13)   Auburn   6-3  301  Sr.  Eclectic, Ala.
OL  Brian Anderson (7)  Miss. State  6-6  307  Sr.  Butler, Ala
C  Antoine Caldwell (27) Alabama  6-3  296  So.  Montgomery, Ala.
WR  Dallas Baker (19)  Florida   6-3  206  Sr.  New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
WR Courtney Taylor (16) Auburn  6-2 202 Sr. Carrollton, Ala.
QB  Brandon Cox (21)   Auburn   6-2  201  Jr.  Trussville, Ala.
RB  Kenneth Darby (52) Alabama  5-11  205  Sr.  Huntsville, Ala.
RB  Arian Foster (7)  Tennessee  6-1  215  So.  San Diego, Calif.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
TE  Cole Bennett (14)  Auburn  6-4 261 Sr. Dalton, Ga.
OL Zac Tubbs (6)  Arkansas  6-6 335 Sr. Cullman, Ala.
OL  Robert Felton (5)   Arkansas  6-4  319  Jr.  Houston, Texas
OL  Stephen Parker (3)  Arkansas  6-4  310  Sr.  Mandeville, La.
OL  Brian Johnson (3)   LSU   6-4  297  Sr.  Tallahassee, Fla.
C  Joe Cope (3)  Auburn   6-0  276  Sr.  Andalusia, Ala.
WR  Dwayne Bowe (13)  LSU   6-3  217  Sr.  Miami, Fla.
WR Marcus Monk (5)  Arkansas  6-6 227 Jr. Lepanto, Ark.
QB  JaMarcus Russell (10) LSU   6-6  252  Jr.  Mobile, Ala.
RB  Rafael Little (2)  Kentucky  5-10  188  Jr.  Anderson, S.C.
RB  Thomas Brown (2)   Georgia   5-8  185  Jr.  Tucker, Ga.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
DL  Quentin Moses (91)  Georgia   6-5  250  Sr.  Athens, Ga.
DL  Justin Harrell (64)  Tennessee  6-4  300  Sr.  Martin, Tenn.
DL  Marcus Thomas (41) Florida   6-3  286  Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
LB  Patrick Willis (98)   Ole Miss   6-2  230  Sr.  Bruceton, Tenn.
LB  Sam Olajubutu (80)  Arkansas  5-9  229  Sr.  LaGrange, Ga.
LB  Brandon Siler (79)  Florida   6-2  235  Jr.  Orlando, Fla.
LB  Will Herring (40)   Auburn   6-3  220  Sr.  Opelika, Ala.
DB  LaRon Landry (89)  LSU   6-2  204  Sr.  Ama, La.
DB  Fred Bennett (68)  South Carolina  6-1  199  Sr.  Manning, S.C.
DB  David Irons (61)  Auburn   5-11  188  Sr.  Dacula, Ga.
DB  Ramzee Robinson (51)  Alabama  5-10  190  Sr.  Huntsville, Ala.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
DL  Quentin Groves (25) Auburn   6-3  250  Jr.  Greenville, Miss.
DL  Keith Jackson (20)  Arkansas  6-0  300  Sr.  Little Rock, Ark.
DL  Marquies Gunn (18) Auburn   6-4  254  Sr.  Alexander City, Ala.
LB  Juwan Simpson (25) Alabama  6-3  222  Sr.  Decatur, Ala.
LB  Jarvis Jackson (14)  Georgia   6-2  218  Sr.  Atlanta, Ga.
LB  Quinton Culberson (13)  Miss. State  6-0  239  Sr.  Jackson, Miss.
LB  Ali Highsmith (13)   LSU   6-1  226  Jr.  Miami, Fla.
DB  Tra Battle (35)  Georgia   5-11  176  Sr.  Forsyth, Ga.
DB  Reggie Nelson (29)  Florida   6-1  195  Jr.  Melbourne, Fla.
DB  Jonathan Hefney (16)  Tennessee  5-9  185  Jr.  Rock Hill, S.C.
DB  Jeramie Johnson (13)  Miss. State  5-11  216  Sr.  East Point, Ga.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
DL  Chase Pittman (9)  LSU   6-4  265  Sr.  Shreveport, La.
DL Jarvis Moss (9)  Florida  6-6 255 Jr. Denton, Texas
DL  Ray McDonald (8)  Florida   6-3  280  Sr.  Belle Glade, Fla.
LB  Earl Everett (12)  Florida   6-2  231  Sr.  Webster, Fla.
LB  Tony Taylor (12)  Georgia   6-1  237  Sr.  Watkinsville, Ga.
LB  Jonathan Goff (10)  Vanderbilt  6-4  240  Jr.  Lynn, Mass.
LB  Wesley Woodyard (7) Kentucky  6-1  212  Jr.  LaGrange, Ga.
DB  Chevis Jackson (11)  LSU   6-0  189  Jr.  Mobile, Ala.
DB Simeon Castille (8) Alabama  6-1 192 Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
DB  Jessie Daniels (6)   LSU   5-11  203  Sr.  Breaux Bridge, La.
DB  Jonathan Wade (6)  Tennessee 6-0 195 Sr. Shreveport, La.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
PK  Brandon Coutu (74)  Georgia   6-0  185  Jr.  Lawrenceville, Ga.
P  Kody Bliss (70)  Auburn   5-10  177  Sr.  Brentwood, Tenn.
RS  Rafael Little (59)  Kentucky  5-10  188  Jr.  Anderson, S.C.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
PK  James Wilhoit (12)  Tennessee 5-10 195 Sr. Hendersonville, Tenn.
P  Gordon Ely-Kelso (16) Georgia   6-2  215  Sr.  Athens, Ga.
RS  Felix Jones (30)  Arkansas  6-0  202  So.  Tulsa, Okla.

Pos.  Name    School   Ht.  Wt.  Class  Hometown
PK  Jamie Christensen (9) Alabama  6-1 181 Jr. Norcross, Ga.
P  Chris Jackson (6)  LSU   5-11  174  Sr.  River Ridge, La.
RS  Tyrone Prothro (4)  Alabama  5-8  178  Sr.  Heflin, Ala.