Monday, October 18, 2004
The Southeastern Conference has named University of Alabama senior defensive end Todd Bates this week's SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Bates had a career day in Alabama's 27-3 victory over the 24th ranked Southern Miss Golden Eagles this weekend. He recorded a career highs in tackles (8), tackles for a loss (2.5), yards lost (8), sacks (2), yards lost in sacks (5) and tied a career high with one quarterback pressure. He and the Alabama defense helped hold the Southern Miss offense to only 171 total yards of offense, the fifth time this season the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to under 200 yards of total offense.
The award was the third of the season for Alabama as Roman Harper was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week earlier in the year and Tyrone Prothro was last week's SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.