Monday, September 13, 2004
University of Alabama junior free safety Roman Harper has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following a dominating performance in the Crimson Tide's 28-7 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.
Harper had his second consecutive standout performance this season recording a game-high 11 tackles including a sack for a loss of 15 yards, a forced fumble, a career high two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. His sack and ensuing forced fumble in the second quarter led to Alabama's second touchdown of the game. Harper has now recorded an interception and a forced fumble on the season, both resulting in touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
The honor marks the 66th time an Alabama player has been named SEC Player of the Week and the 26th time the Tide has had the SEC Defensive Player of the Week since the award began in 1985. Harper is also the first defensive player from Alabama to be honored since Waine Bacon won the award in 2002.
CollegeSportsReport.com named Tide senior tailback Ray Hudson its SEC Player of the Week. Hudson recorded a career high 116 yards rushing in the victory over Ole Miss. He recorded the first multi-touchdown game of his career, scoring both a receiving and a rushing touchdown. In the third quarter Hudson took a pass from Brodie Croyle and scored from 13 yards out. In the fourth quarter he took a handoff and scampered 46 yards for his second touchdown of the night. Hudson accounted for 150 total yards (116 rushing, 34 receiving) and has now rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He currently leads SEC in rushing at 113.5 yards per game and ranks second in SEC in all-purpose yards at 135.5 per game.
CollegeSportsReports.com also named Alabama as its SEC Team of the Week.