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Christensen, Ryans Named SEC Players of the Week


Monday, October 24, 2005

University of Alabama sophomore kicker Jamie Christensen and senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans have been named Southeastern Conference Teams Players of the Week as announced by the league office.

For the second straight weekend Christensen was the hero for the Tide nailing a field goal to help the Tide remain undefeated on the season. He hit a 34-yard field goal with: 13 left on the clock to give the Tide a 6-3 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. He also hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter to give Alabama a 3-0 lead. 

Ryans led the Crimson Tide defensive unit again, tying for high tackler honors for the game with 11 stops. He recorded 1.5 stops behind the line while recovering a fumble as well as intercepting the final Tennessee pass attempt of the game to help preserve the Tide's 6-3 victory.

The honor was the second for both Christensen and Ryans. They were also the eighth and ninth 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 on Sept. 19. DeMeco Ryans (Defensive Player of the Week) and Jeremy Schatz (Special Teams) were honored on Sept. 26 by the conference.  Brodie Croyle (SEC Offensive Player) and Mark Anderson (SEC Defensive Lineman) both received the honors on October 3 following Alabama's victory over Florida. Christensen receiving the Special Teams Player of the Week honor on September 17.