Monday, November 03, 2003
SHAUD WILLIAMS, Tailback (5-8, 191, Sr., Andrews, Texas) -- The SEC's leading rusher, Shaud needs to average just 105 yards over the final four games of the season to set the Alabama single season rushing record. He currently has 1051 rushing yards and 11 TDs. He is 11th in NCAA stats, averaging 116.8 yards per game and is second in the SEC with 11 rushing touchdowns. He has four games of 100-plus yards, getting 174 against Kentucky, 135 vs. Arkansas, 170 in the Southern Miss game and 166 vs. Tennessee. He is second in the SEC, averaging 148.1 all-purpose yards per game and is third in scoring with an 8.7 point per game average. For the season, Shaud has 1,051 rushing yards, 86 receiving, 133 in punt returns and 63 in kickoff returns. He was twice named SEC Player of the Week (South Florida and Kentucky). He averages 5.38 yards every time he touches the football.
WESLEY BRITT, Left Tackle (6-8, 313, Jr., Cullman, Alabama) -- A starter in 33 career games, more than any other current Tide player, Britt has been one of the mainstays on the Bama offensive line. He was a preseason All-America selection and has 38 knockdown blocks after nine games, including a season-high nine against Ole Miss and six each against Arkansas and Southern Miss. He played a total of 561 snaps on the season, including a season-high 85 against Kentucky. Britt sustained a broken left leg in the Tennessee game and is out for the remainder of the season.
JUWAN GARTH, Weak Linebacker (6-2, 208, Fr., Decatur, Alabama) -- A starter in three games (Georgia, Southern Miss and Ole Miss), Garth responded by averaging just over 10 tackles a game in that starting role. For the season, he has 46 tackles, two sacks for 24 yards, three pass break-ups, three quarterback pressures and two fumble recoveries for 10 yards. He scored a touchdown against Georgia after picking up a fumbled snap by the punter. He had a career-high 13 tackles against Ole Miss. Garth has 450 snaps on the season, including 101 in his starting role against Georgia.
ROMAN HARPER, Strong Safety (6-0, 191, So., Prattville, Alabama) -- The Tide's second-leading tackler, Harper has 90 total stops, including a team-high 62 solo tackles. He also has 2 pass break-ups and three quarterback pressures. He has had four double-figure tackle games, including 13 against Northern Illinois; 18 against Arkansas, 14 in the Georgia game and 11 vs. Ole Miss. Roman has started every game this season and has 707 snaps on the year.
CHARLES JONES, Free Safety (5-11, 174, Sr., Waynesboro, Georgia) -- The only Alabama defender to start each of the last 22 games, Jones has 76 tackles, three interceptions for 63 yards and one touchdown and five pass break-ups. He also has one stop behind the line for one yard, two quarterback pressures and one forced fumble. After nine games, he has played 641 snaps.
ANTWAN ODOM, Defensive End (6-5, 277, Jr., Bayou LaBatre, Alabama) -- A starter in every game this year, Antwan is tied for the team lead in sacks with five for 36 yards. He also has two stops behind the line for 12 yards and a team-high 19 quarterback pressures. He has forced two fumbles and has three pass break-ups. His best game came against Arkansas when he had nine tackles.
DERRICK POPE, Strong Linebacker (6-0, 226, Sr., Galveston, Texas) -- A starter in the first five games before injuries limited his playing time, Derrick has 65 tackles, three sacks for 23 yards, two tackles for loss of seven yards and four quarterback pressures. He had double-figure tackle games against Oklahoma (17), Northern Illinois (14) and Arkansas (14). An injury in the Georgia game limited Derrick to just 12 snaps and he missed the Southern Miss game and played just 21 snaps against Ole Miss. He returned to the starting lineup against Tennessee and played 79 snaps.
DeMECO RYANS, Linebacker (6-2, 225, So., Bessemer, Alabama) -- The Tide's leading tackler with 103 total tackles, DeMeco set the school record for single game tackles when had 25 against Arkansas. The old record (24) was held by Mike Hall vs. Clemson in 1968. A nine-game starter, Ryans is averaging 11.3 tackles a game with double-digit games against Oklahoma (16), Arkansas (25) and Southern Miss (13). He also has four stops behind the line for 15 yards and 1.5 sacks for 11 yards, three quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He played 99 snaps against Georgia and 98 in the Tennessee game. He is one of 11 players to amass 100-plus tackles in a single season and could set the single season record (134 by Woodrow Lowe) before the season is over.
JUSTIN SMILEY, Left Guard (6-4, 293, Jr., Ellabell, Georgia) -- With 31 career starts, Smiley ranks just behind fellow offensive lineman Wesley Britt who has 32. He was named to several preseason All-America lists. Smiley has 38 knockdown blocks on the season, with a high of nine against Georgia and six each against South Florida and Ole Miss. He missed two games with a foot sprain and has 501 snaps on the season. He played an incredible 109 snaps in the five overtime game against Tennessee.