Six Alabama Players Named to Preseason All-SEC Squad

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Thursday, July 31, 2003

HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama had six players on the 2003 preseason All-SEC football team selected by the media members at the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days this week at the Wynfrey Hotel. 

The Crimson Tide had five first-team preseason All-SEC selections and one second-team pick.

The list of first-team All-SEC selections includes linemen Wesley Britt (Jr. 6-8, 315, Cullman) and Justin Smiley (Jr. 6-4, 302, Ellabell, Ga,), running back Shaud Williams (Sr., 5-8, 162, Andrews, Texas), defensive lineman Antwan Odom (Jr., 6-5, 273, Bayou LaBatre) and linebacker Brooks Daniels (Sr., 6-2, 198, Jasper, Fla.).

Linebacker Freddie Roach (So., 6-2, 237, Killen) was UA's lone representative on the second team preseason All-SEC squad.

Below are some brief sketches on the Crimson Tide's preseason All-SEC picks.

70 Wesley Britt (LT)
Started 25 consecutive games for the Crimson Tide since his debut in the 2001 season opener against UCLA...Logged 1,605 career snaps on the UA line...2003 Preseason All-American (The Sporting News)...Rated by TSN was the nation's third-best offensive tackle...2000 Lombardi Award watch list...First-Team All-SEC selection as a sophomore...First-Team Freshman All-SEC and Fourth-Team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News) in 2001.

18 Brooks Daniels (WLB)
Ranks 13th at Alabama with 226 career tackles...Only player in school history with back-to-back 100 tackle seasons...Daniels had 110 tackles last season while earning Second-Team All-SEC honors (AP)...He contributed 102 tackles as a sophomore (2001), making him one of only two sophomores in school history with 100 or more tackles...Recorded 10 double-figure tackle games at Alabama since 2000.

98 Antwan Odom (DE)
Named the Most Valuable Lineman of the 2003 A-Day Game...Rated by The Sporting News as the 18th best defensive lineman in college football...Appeared in 26 career games at Alabama and has logged 58 tackles, 13 sacks (-88) and seven TFLs (-24)...Played in all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore (2002) and finished the year with 42 tackles.

8 Freddie Roach (MLB)
Listed by The Sporting News as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation...Appeared in all 13 games for the Crimson Tide last season and finished the year with 63 tackles, six TFLs (-17) and one sack (-4)...Started 10 games at middle linebacker...Recorded a 41-yard interception return and touchdown in his collegiate debut vs. Middle Tennessee State (Aug. 31)...Named to the 2002 Freshman All-American by Football Writer's Association of America (FWAA) and The Sporting News...Also named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year by TSN...Named Freshman All-SEC by the SEC Coaches, AP, Knoxville News-Senitnel and The Sporting News.

78 Justin Smiley (LG)
Started 25 consecutive games for the Crimson Tide since his debut in the 2001 season opener against UCLA...Logged 1,596 career snaps on the o-line for Alabama...Named 2003 preseason All-American by Playboy and Collegefootballnews.com...Rated by The Sporting News as the nation's fifth best offensive guard in the nation...As a sophomore (2002), Smiley was named Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches and AP) and was an honorable mention All-America pick by CNNSI.com...As a freshman (2001), Smiley was named All-SEC by the SEC Coaches, Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Sporting News and was a third-team All-American selection by TSN.

21 Shaud Williams (RB)
Enters the 2003 season with 3,176 all-purpose yards in his collegiate career...In addition in 35 career games at Texas Tech and Alabama, Williams had rushed for 1,805 yards in his three-year career...He had four 100-yard games in his first season with the Crimson Tide last year and concluded the year with 921 rushing yards and five TDs...Williams had his best game in the 2002 season finale at Hawai'i, where he rushed for 160 yards and one TD...Williams had an 8-yard TD run at Arkansas on the very first play from scrimmage in the 30-12 win at Fayetteville last year...He was an honorable mention All-SEC selection as a junior.

2003 PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC TEAM
(As voted on by members of attendees at SEC Football Media Day)
[78 total voters]
* - Ties

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
TE  Ben Watson (65)          Georgia    6-3   255  Sr.    Rock Hill, S.C.
OL  Shawn Andrews (69)       Arkansas   6-5   330  Jr.    Camden, Ark.
OL  Wesley Britt (53)        Alabama    6-8   315  Jr.    Cullman, Ala.
OL  Justin Smiley (44)       Alabama    6-4   302  Jr.    Ellabell, Ga.
OL  Antonio Hall (33)        Kentucky   6-5   302  Sr.    Canton, Ohio
 C  Ben Wilkerson (47)       LSU        6-4   300  Jr.    Hemphill, Texas
WR  Michael Clayton (67)     LSU        6-4   200  Jr.    Baton Rouge, La.
WR  Fred Gibson (58)         Georgia    6-4   196  Jr.    Waycross, Ga.
QB  Eli Manning (59)         Ole Miss   6-5   218  Sr.    New Orleans, La.
RB  Carnell Williams (68)    Auburn     5-11  204  Jr.    Attalla, Ala.
RB  Shaud Williams (34)      Alabama    5-8   182  Sr.    Andrews, Texas

 
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
DL  David Pollack (75)       Georgia    6-3   278  Jr.    Snellville, Ga.
DL  Antwan Odom (48)         Alabama    6-5   273  Jr.    Bayou LaBatre, Ala.
DL  Chad Lavalais (35)       LSU        6-3   289  Sr.    Marksville, La.
LB  Karlos Dansby (77)       Auburn     6-5   235  Sr.    Birmingham, Ala.
LB  Dontarrious Thomas (67)  Auburn     6-4   238  Sr.    Perry, Ga.
LB  Tony Bua (45)            Arkansas   5-11  218  Sr.    River Ridge, La.
LB  Brooks Daniels (38)      Alabama    6-2   198  Sr.    Jasper, Fla.
DB  Corey Webster (59)       LSU        6-0   197  Jr.    Vacherie, La.
DB  Rashad Baker (51)        Tennessee  5-11  185  Sr.    Camden, N.J.
DB  Keiwan Ratliff (50)      Florida    5-10  178  Sr.    Columbus, Ohio
DB  Guss Scott (31)          Florida    5-11  195  Sr.    Jacksonville, Fla.

 
FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
PK  Billy Bennett (64)       Georgia    5-8   175  Sr.    Athens, Ga.
RS  Derek Abney (73)         Kentucky   5-10  175  Sr.    Mosinee, Wisc.
P   Dustin Colquitt (52)     Tennessee  6-2   196  Jr.    Knoxville, Tenn.

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
TE  Ben Troupe (12)          Florida    6-4   262  Sr.    Augusta, Ga.
OL  Stephen Peterman (30)    LSU        6-4   325  Sr.    Waveland, Miss.
OL  Michael Munoz (23)       Tennessee  6-6   305  Jr.    Mason, Ohio
OL  Travelle Wharton (19)    S Carolina 6-4   315  Sr.    Fountain Inn, S.C.
OL  Shannon Snell (13)       Florida    6-4   310  Sr.    Tampa, Fla.
 C  Scott Wells (20)         Tennessee  6-2   300  Sr.    Spring Hill, Tenn.
WR  Chris Collins (19)       Ole Miss   6-2   190  Sr.    Gloster, Miss.
WR  Carlos Perez (5)         Florida    5-11  193  Sr.    Hoboken, N.J.
QB  David Greene (14)        Georgia    6-3   230  Jr.    Snellville, Ga.
RB  Cedric Houston (28)      Tennessee  6-0   215  Jr.    Clarendon, Ark.
RB  Ronnie Brown (23)        Auburn     6-1   223  Jr.    Cartersville, Ga.
 
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
DL  DeMarco McNeil (28)      Auburn     6-2   300  Sr.    Prichard, Ala.
DL  Jesse Mitchell (19)      Ole Miss   6-1   277  Sr.    Moss Point, Miss.
DL  Vincent Burns (12)       Kentucky   6-2   264  Jr.    Lake Park, Ga.
LB  Freddie Roach (23)       Alabama    6-2   237  So.    Killen, Ala.
LB  Kevin Burnett (19)       Tennessee  6-3   235  Jr.    Carson, Calif.
LB  T.J. Mawhinney (19)      Miss State 6-1   235  Sr.    Madisonville, La.
LB  Caleb Miller (14)        Arkansas   6-3   220  Sr.    Sulphur Springs, Tx
DB  Lawrence Richardson (28) Arkansas   5-10  188  Sr.    Galveston, Texas
DB  Ahmad Carroll (22)       Arkansas   5-11  190  Jr.    Atlanta, Ga.
DB  Kentrell Curry (22)      Georgia    6-1   198  Sr.    Toccoa, Ga.
DB  Dunta Robinson (12)      S Carolina 6-0   185  Sr.    Athens, Ga.

SECOND-TEAM SPECIALISTS

Pos Name                     School     Ht.   Wt.  Class  Hometown
PK  Brent Smith (10)         Miss State 5-10  203  Sr.    Byhalia, Miss.
*RS Damien Gary (2)          Georgia    5-10  178  Sr.    Athens, Ga.
    Kwane Doster (2)         Vanderbilt 5-11  188  So.    Tampa, Fla.
P   Donnie Jones (23)        LSU        6-3   217  Sr.    Baton Rouge, La.
 
SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(Tabulated on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 scale) [78 total voters]

SEC CHAMPION [There were six voters that did not have a champion selected]:
Auburn (45), Georgia (12), Tennessee (10), LSU (6), Ole Miss (2), Florida (2), Arkansas (1).

Eastern Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)

1.  Georgia (42)           124
2.  Tennessee (30)         138
3.  Florida (6)            207
4.  South Carolina         349
5.  Kentucky               356
6.  Vanderbilt             464

Western Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)

1.  Auburn (60)            105
2.  LSU (13)               162
3.  Arkansas (2)           278
4.  Alabama (1)            303
5.  Ole Miss (2)           332
6.  Mississippi State      458

NOTES FROM THE ALL-SEC TEAM

* - Each SEC team was represented on the first or second teams.  Alabama had more first-team players with 5 (Georgia 4, LSU 4, Auburn 3) and Georgia had the most overall players with 7 (LSU 6, Alabama 6, Tennessee 6). 

* - Nine of the 12 SEC teams are represented on the first team.

* - 15 of the 25 players making the first team are from the Western Division.

* - Only six of the 25 players making the first team are from outside of the nine-state SEC region.

* - This marks the first time since expansion (1992), that Auburn was selected to win the SEC Championship, and the second-team that the Tigers were predicted to win the West (1995). [NON-TEAM NOTE:  A total of approx. 600 media registered at SEC Media Days]