Tuesday, September 27, 2005
University of Alabama senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans and senior punter Jeremy Schatz have been named Southeastern Conference Players of the Week as announced by the league office.
Ryans, named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, did it all in Alabama's 24-13 victory over Arkansas. He led all tacklers with 15. He also recorded two tackles for loss (-9 yards) including a sack (-5 yards). He recovered a fumble, returning it for two yards, broke up a pass and recorded a quarterback pressure. He has totaled 52 tackles in his career against the Razorbacks. He was also instrumental in the Tide defense allowing only 81 passing yards against the Hogs.
Schatz, named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, had a career day punting the ball in the Tide's victory over Arkansas. He nailed two punts inside the 20, but the highlight of his day was a career long 72-yard punt that ranks as the 10th longest punt in school history. He finished with a career high 275 yards and a career best average 45.8.
The honor was a first for both athletes and the fourth this season for the Crimson Tide. Tyrone Prothro was named the league's Special Teams player of the week on September 12 and running back Kenneth Darby was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week last week (Sept. 19).