Thursday, November 07, 2002
As the 2002 football season winds down, the following players have distinguished themselves as worthy for all-star consideration by their performances on the field:
OT Wesley Britt
6-8, 312, 1VL, So., Cullman, AL
A Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-SEC selection in 2001, Britt has now started 21 consecutive games. He has played 666 snaps this season, given up only one sack and has 134 knockdown blocks. He has graded 98 percent or better in 7 of the Tide's 9 games this season. He's been one of the mainstay blockers in helping the Tide to the SEC's second-best and the NCAA's 21st ranked rushing attack (212.9 yards per game).
Career Totals: 21 consecutive starts; 245 knockdown blocks, 1,302 snaps
LB Brooks Daniels
6-2, 205, 2VL, Jr., Jasper, FL
After getting 102 tackles last season, Daniels is on track to equal that number in 2002. He currently leads the Tide with 74 tackles and adds 4 TFLs (-7) and 3 sacks (-16). Daniels has 8 career double-figure tackle games, including 16 in the season opener against Middle Tennessee and 11 against Georgia this season. He was named pre-season All-SEC.
Career Totals: 190 tackles; 6 TFLs (-18); 5 sacks (-27)
CB Gerald Dixon
5-10, 192, 3VL, Sr., Burtonsville, MD
The most improved Tide defensive back this season, "Smoke" has 2 interceptions (10 yards) and a team-leading 8 pass break-ups. He also has 34 tackles and one quarterback pressure. He had 7 tackles against Oklahoma, 9 tackles against Arkansas and has now started 19 consecutive games.
Career Totals: 148 tackles; 3 interceptions (10 yards); 22 pass break-ups
C Alonzo Ephraim
6-4, 312, 2VL, Sr., Birmingham, AL
A first-team All-SEC pick last season, Alonzo was a preseason All-SEC choice in 2002. He now has 21 career starts and has 615 snaps this season. He has 125 knockdowns and has not allowed a sack all season. It has been Ephraim's calls at the pivot that has paved the way for the league's second-best rushing attack (212.9 yards per game). He has 243 career knockdowns, including a career-high 20 in the Ole Miss game.
Career Totals: 21 consecutive starts; 243 knockdown blocks, 1,538 snaps
DT Jarret Johnson
6-4, 287, 3VL, Sr., Chiefland, FL
A two-time All-SEC selection, Jarret was named to the 2002 Outland Trophy watch list. The heart of the Tide defensive line, he has 32 tackles, 4 sacks (-29 yards), 3 TFLs (-9 yards) and 13 QB pressures on a unit that has held 6 of 9 opponents to less than 60 yards a game rushing. Oklahoma had minus 23 yards rushing against the Tide defense. Jarret currently has 24 career tackles for loss, (-120), 22 career sacks (-180) and his 46 combined TFLs and sacks are third on the career chart. Jarret is a force on Tide defense that is ranked 2nd in the SEC and 2nd nationally in total defense. He has also forced 3 fumbles. Jarret was selected a team captain for the 2001 season.
Career Totals: 168 tackles; 24 TFLs (-120); 22 sacks (-186), 55 QB pressures
NT Kenny King
6-5, 277, 3VL, Sr., Daphne, AL
A second-team All-SEC pick in 2001, Kenny is also a two-time Academic All-SEC pick. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-District choice last year. Kenny was a preseason All-SEC pick and was also on the 2002 Outland Trophy watch list. King is second on the Tide's all-time fumbles recovered list with 6. He leads all down linemen with 41 tackles, 3 sacks (-15) and 5 TFLs (-11), 12 pressures, 2 forced fumbles and one recovery. Bama's defense has held 6 of 9 opponents to less than 60 yards rushing, including Oklahoma's minus 23 yards rushing. Kenny had 8 tackles vs. MTSU, 7 against North Texas and his 5 TFLs lead the team.
Career Totals: 180 tackles; 24 TFLs (-78); 11.5 sacks (-79); 82 QB pressures
OT Evan Mathis
6-5, 298, 1VL, So., Homewood, AL
Evan has started 18 consecutive games and in 634 snaps this season, has allowed just one sack. He has registered 103 knockdown blocks and has graded 97 percent or better in 8 of the Tide's 9 games. He owns the Tide's offensive line record of 33 inches in the vertical jump.
Career Totals: 18 consecutive starts; 2217 knockdown blocks; 1,096 snaps
DE Kindal Moorehead
6-4, 304, 3VL, Sr, Memphis, TN
A first-team All-SEC selection last season, Kindal was tabbed a second-team preseason All-SEC pick. The d-line trio has helped hold 6 of 9 opponents to less than 60 yards rushing, including minus 23 by Oklahoma. After 9 games, he has 33 tackles, 4 TFLs (-8), 5 sacks (-40), a team-best 17 quarterback pressures, 2 PBUs, and one forced fumble. Kindal had 6 tackles against Oklahoma. He has combined with King and Johnson to hold opponents to a league-best 76.5 yards per game, also the NCAA's 5th best mark.
Career Totals: 144 tackles; 33 TFLs (-154); 21 sacks (-193); 63 QB pressures
OG Marico Portis
6-3, 312, 2VL, Sr., Prichard, AL
Marico has 646 snaps on the season and 118 knockdown blocks to his credit. He has started every game and now has 21 career starts. He is part of an offensive line that paves the way for the SEC's No. 2 rushing team which is averaging 212.9 yards per game. He has graded 99 percent or better in 8 of the Tide's 9 games in 2002. He has had double-digit knockdowns in all but one game this season, including a career-high 17 against Southern Miss. Marico set the offensive line record in the bench press with a lift of 500 pounds.
Career Totals: 21 starts; 228 knockdown blocks; 1,508 snaps
OG Justin Smiley
6-4, 296, 1VL, So., Ellabell, GA
Justin was a first-team Freshman All-America and was a consensus Freshman All-SEC pick last season. He was a pre-season All-SEC pick in 2002. Smiley has started 21 consecutive games and has played 1,311 career snaps. In 2002 he has 610 snaps and 117 knockdowns. He set the weight room record for offensive linemen with lift of 420 in the hang and clean and had a 32.5 inch vertical jump.
Career Totals: 21 consecutive starts; 1,311 plays; 250 knockdowns
QB Brodie Croyle
6-2, 198, Fr., Rainbow City, AL
Brodie has career starts vs. Arkansas and Georgia and has hit 51 of 102 passes for 942 yards and 5 TDs. He has also rushed 34 times for 3 TDs. With 59 yards passing the remainder of the season, he will become only the 2nd Alabama freshman to pass for 1,000 yards in a season. Against Arkansas, he hit 12 of 24 for 285 yards and 2 TDs in a crucial Tide road win.
CB Charlie Peprah
5-11, 195, Fr., Plano, TX
A starter in 7 of the Tide's 9 games, Peprah has turned in 34 tackles on the season. Against Georgia, he had 8 tackles and returned an interception 35 yards for a TD. Against Tennessee, he had 3 tackles and a 48-yard interception return. For the season, he has 34 tackles, one TFL (-1), 3 interceptions (90 yards) and one forced fumble.
LB Freddie Roach
6-2, 238, Fr., Killen, AL
A solid 9-game starter at middle linebacker, Roach is the Tide's 5th-leading defender with 48 tackles, a team-leading 6 TFLs (-17), one sack (-4) and 4 quarterback pressures. He had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown against MTSU. He also has one PBU and one fumble recovery.
LB DeMeco Ryans
6-1, 210, Fr., Bessemer, AL
Although he has not started a game, DeMeco has played in every game, turning in 18 tackles and one TFL (-1). He also has one fumble recovery. DeMeco had 4 tackles each against Georgia and Ole Miss.
AB Shaud Williams
5-8, 189, TR, Jr., Andrews, TX
Williams has a team-leading 538 yards rushing on 78 carries to average 6.9 yards per carry. He also has 11 receptions for 162 yards; 33 punt returns for 269 yards and 5 kickoff returns for 91 yards. Shaud posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against USM (135) and Arkansas (119). He had 5 punt returns for 59 yards against Ole Miss. Shaud Accounts for 117.8 all-purpose yards per game.