Monday, September 15, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama senior tailback Shaud Williams was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the league office Monday after a career game in the Tide's 27-17 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday.
Williams had 192 all-purpose yards against Kentucky, including 174 rushing yards, 15 punt return yards and three receiving yards on 35 plays. In all, Williams played 62 snaps in the win over the Wildcats. He ran the ball five times for 30 yards on Alabama's opening drive of the game, pushing him over the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
The Andrews, Texas native rushed 30 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns. The 174 rushing yards are the most for Williams at Alabama, surpassing his previous high of 160 rushing yards last year at Hawai'i (Nov. 27, 2002) and his three rushing touchdowns are the most in his career, surpassing his previous best of two against South Florida (Aug. 30, 2003) and Colorado (1999 while at Texas Tech).
The senior also added a career-high 30 rushing attempts in the win, surpassing his previous best of 28 attempts in the 2003 season opener against South Florida.
The award is Williams' second SEC Player of the Week honor in three weeks. Williams earned the nod in Alabama's week one 40-17 win over South Florida at Birmingham's Legion Field. For his career, Williams has 372 rushing attempts for 2,168 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in four years at Texas Tech and Alabama.