TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- University of Alabama football players Prince Hall and Andre Smith were each selected to the Rivals.com Freshman All-American first team on Thursday.
Hall, a redshirt freshman from Moreno Valley, Calif., was one of Alabama's top defensive players over the second half of the season. He started the final seven games of the season to give him eight starts in 12 games. Over the final seven games he led the team with 50 tackles, including eight tackles for a loss. He finished the season third on the team with 71 tackles and a team-high 10.5 tackles for a loss. He was second on the squad with two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He returned one of those fumbles 50 yards for his first career touchdown at Florida.
Smith, a true freshman from Birmingham, became just the seventh true freshman since 1972 to start the season opener. He started all 12 games at left tackle and led the team with 800 total snaps. He played 65 or more snaps in nine of the 12 games. Some highlights included five knockdowns against Vanderbilt and four knockdowns against Louisiana Monroe. He also played on the extra point and field goal units.
The Crimson Tide was the only team in the SEC to have a first team Freshman All-American selection on both offense and defense.