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Five Players Named Preseason All-SEC at Media Days


Thursday, July 29, 2004

Wesley Britt
Wesley Britt

HOOVER, Ala. - Five members of the University of Alabama football team were named to the pre-season All-SEC football squad as voted on by the members of the media attending the Southeastern Conference Media Days this week at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

Senior offensive lineman Wesley Britt (6-8, 315, Cullman) and junior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (6-2, 230, Bessemer) were first-team pre-season All-SEC selections, while senior defensive tackle Anthony Bryant (6-3, 336, Newbern), junior linebacker Freddie Roach (6-2, 245, Killen) and junior defensive back Charlie Peprah (5-11, 193, Plano, Texas) were second-team pre-season All-SEC picks.

Britt, who has been tabbed to a number of preseason All-American and All-SEC squads, missed the last four games of the season after suffering a broken leg just six plays into the Tennessee game.  He had surgery and spent the remainder of the season in rehab.  Britt had surgery on Oct. 26 and was back on campus on Oct. 29 for a team photo opportunity during the Tide's open date week.  He will likely miss spring practice, but should be 100 percent by fall drills.  He had 561 plays on the season, including a high of 85 against Kentucky.  He had 34 consecutive starts prior to his injury against Tennessee.  Wesley graduated in December, 2003 with a degree in Marketing.  He currently carries a 3.27 GPA and is enrolled in graduate school.

DeMeco Ryans
DeMeco Ryans

Ryans (126), Roman Harper (111) and Derrick Pope (105) combined for the first time in school history to have three players with 100 or more tackles in a season.  He carries a 3.50 GPA and is majoring in Management.  The Tide's leading tackler (126), DeMeco set the school single game record against Arkansas when he turned in 25 tackles.  His 126 season tackles ranks second in the Tide record book behind the 134 tackles by Woodrow Lowe in 1973.  He had five double-figure tackle games including Oklahoma (16), Arkansas (25), Southern Miss (13), Tennessee (13) and Auburn (10).  He closed with 1.5 sacks for 11 yards (against Southern Miss) and 8.5 stops behind the line for 26 yards.  He forced a fumble against Arkansas and recovered one against Tennessee.

A 13-game starter last year, Bryant had 44 tackles, 12 quarterback pressures and 1.5 stops behind the line.  He played a total of 651 snaps and had his best game of the season against Ole Miss with five tackles.   He also had two pass breakups.  Bryant was in on a half stop behind the line against Tennessee and one against Auburn and also recorded a safety against the Tigers.

Anthony Bryant
Anthony Bryant

The Tide's fifth-leading tackler, Roach was a starter in 12 games and finished with 85 tackles.  He also had seven stops behind the line for 25 yards and one sack for four yards.  He had five quarterback pressures, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  He had two double-figure tackle games, getting 15 against Arkansas and 10 in the Southern Miss contest.  He had a four-yard sack against Northern Illinois and two stops behind the line each against Kentucky (4 yards), Northern Illinois (7 yards) and Southern Miss (9 yards).  His other TBL was against LSU (5 yards).

Peprah has now been a starter in 21 consecutive games.  He needs just one interception return for a touchdown to tie the school record set by Antonio Langham (1990-93). He closed the season with four interceptions for a team-leading 93 yards in returns.  He also had 69 tackles, three stops behind the line for five yards and a team-best 14 pass break-ups.  He forced one fumble and recovered two.  A starter in every game, he had 917 snaps and has now played 1,533 snaps in his two-year career.  He had double-figure tackles against Georgia (10) and LSU (13) and had interceptions against South Florida (51 yards and TD), Arkansas (six yards), Mississippi State and LSU (36 yards).   His 183 career return yards ranks 6th on that list.

Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach

In the pre-season media poll, Georgia received 61 of 88 votes cast by media attending the 2004 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days to win the 2004 SEC Championship, the league announced on Thursday.  LSU took 19 votes while Florida had five and Ole Miss, South Carolina and Auburn had one each.

In the Eastern Division, Georgia took 78 of 88 votes while Florida had 9 and South Carolina had one.  In the Western Division, LSU had 71 of 88 while Auburn had 14, Ole Miss had two and Alabama had one.


(As voted by media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days) (# - Ties / No Unanimous Selections)

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
TE Cooper Wallace Auburn 6-4 253 Jr. Nashville, Tenn.
OL Wesley Britt Alabama 6-8 315 Sr. Cullman, Ala.
OL Max Jean-Gilles Georgia 6-4 340 Jr. Miami, Fla.
OL Michael Munoz Tennessee 6-6 315 Sr. Mason, Ohio
OL Doug Buckles Ole Miss 6-5 305 Sr. Madison, Miss.
C Ben Wilkerson LSU 6-4 300 Sr. Hemphill, Texas
QB David Greene Georgia 6-3 230 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
RB Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 204 Sr. Attalla, Ala.
RB Justin Vincent LSU 5-11 205 So. Lake Charles, La.
WR Fred Gibson Georgia 6-4 196 Sr. Waycross, Ga.
WR Skyler Green LSU 5-9 190 Jr. Westwego, La.
TE David Jones LSU 6-4 259 Jr. Silver Springs, Md.
OL Marcus McNeill Auburn 6-9 340 Jr. Decatur, Ga.
OL Andrew Whitworth LSU 6-7 325 Jr. West Monroe, La.
OL Justin Geisinger Vanderbilt 6-4 330 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
OL Marcus Johnson Ole Miss 6-6 330 Sr. Coffeville, Miss.
C Mike Degory Florida 6-5 314 Jr. Palm Bay, Fla.
QB Chris Leak Florida 6-0 200 So. Charlotte, N.C.
RB Ciatrick Fason Florida 6-0 212 Jr. Neptune Beach, Fla.
RB Cedric Houston Tennessee 6-0 220 Sr. Clarendon, Ark.
WR Erik Davis Vanderbilt 6-2 185 Jr. Nashville, Tenn.
WR #Reggie Brown Georgia 6-1 195 Sr. Carrollton, Ga.
WR #Mike Espy Ole Miss 6-0 195 Jr. Madison, Miss.
DL David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
DL Marcus Spears LSU 6-4 295 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
DL Sweet Pea Burns Kentucky 6-2 264 Sr. Lake Park, Ga.
LB Kevin Burnett Tennessee 6-3 235 Sr. Carson, Calif.
LB Odell Thurman Georgia 6-1 230 Jr. Monticello, Ga.
LB DeMeco Ryans Alabama 6-2 230 Jr. Bessemer, Ala.
LB Channing Crowder Florida 6-2 241 So. Atlanta, Ga.
DB Thomas Davis Georgia 6-1 220 Jr. Shellman, Ga.
DB Corey Webster LSU 6-0 197 Sr. Vacherie, La.
DB Carlos Rogers Auburn 6-1 194 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
DB Travis Daniels LSU 6-1 184 Sr. Hollywood, Fla.
DL Jovan Haye Vanderbilt 6-2 280 Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Moe Thompson South Carolina 6-3 280 Jr. Goose Creek, S.C.
DL #Anthony Bryant Alabama 6-3 336 Sr. Newbern, Ala.
DL #Jeb Huckeba Arkansas 6-5 245 Sr. Searcy, Ark.
LB Lionel Turner LSU 6-2 257 Sr. Walker, La.
LB Kevin Simon Tennessee 5-11 225 Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif.
LB Marvin Byrdsong Miss. State 6-2 247 Jr. Longview, Texas
LB Freddie Roach Alabama 6-2 245 Jr. Killen, Ala.
DB Eric Oliver Ole Miss 6-2 215 Sr. Jasper, Ala.
DB Junior Rosegreen Auburn 6-0 196 Sr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DB Charlie Peprah Alabama 5-11 193 Jr. Plano, Texas
DB LaRon Landry LSU 6-2 180 So. Ama, La.
P Dustin Colquitt Tennessee 6-2 196 Sr. Knoxville, Tenn.
PK Jonathan Nichols Ole Miss 6-0 180 Sr. Greenwood, Miss.
RS Skyler Green LSU 5-9 190 Jr. Westwego, La.
P Cody Ridgeway Ole Miss 6-1 1/2 190 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
PK Matt Leach Florida 6-1 197 Sr. Sarasota, Fla.
RS Tre Smith Auburn 5-10 200 Jr. Venice, Fla.

(88 total votes)

SEC Champion
Georgia (61), LSU (19), Florida (5), Auburn (1), Ole Miss (1), South Carolina (1)

Eastern Division (First Place votes in Parenthesis)
1. Georgia (78) 100
2. Florida (9) 186
3. Tennessee 278
4. South Carolina (1) 375
5. Vanderbilt 419
6. Kentucky 490
Western Division (First Place votes in Parenthesis)
1. LSU (71) 108
2. Auburn (14) 197
3. Ole Miss (2) 304
4. Alabama (1) 331
5. Arkansas 418
6. Mississippi State 490