Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The Crimson Tide had six players named to the Coaches' All-SEC first and second teams as announced by the league off this morning.
Junior running back Kenneth Darby, senior free safety Roman Harper and senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans headlined the first team for Alabama while senior defensive end Mark Anderson, junior wide receiver/return specialist Tyrone Prothro and senior linebacker Freddie Roach were all named second team performers.
Ryans was a unanimous choice as first-team linebacker. He played in 11 games and led UA with 69 tackles. He was second on the team with 3.5 sacks (-31) and 13 tackles for loss (-46) this year. He also added four quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery. Ryans is fifth all-time at Alabama with 300 career tackles.
Harper finished second on the team in tackles with 67. He collected 6.5 tackles for loss (-11) while he also forced two fumbles. He also had a 0.5 sack (-2), an interception he returned for 50 yards and a pass breakup. He is currently tied with Ryans for fifth all-time at Alabama with 300 career tackles.
Ryans and Harper anchored an Alabama defense that ranked first nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 10.7 points per game. The Crimson Tide will likely finish the 2005 season with the fewest points allowed since the 1996 defense gave up 143 points (11.0 per game).
The Crimson Tide defense leads the SEC in pass defense (154.8), total defense (248.4) and pass efficiency defense (97.0) and ranks second in the league in rushing defense (93.5).
Darby finished second in the league this year with 105.5 yards per game. He had 210 carries for 1,161 yards and three touchdowns for the SEC's fifth-best rushing offense. Darby is the fourth player in Alabama history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Johnny Musso (1970-71), Bobby Humphrey (1987-88) and Shaun Alexander (1998-99) were the other three. He also caught 26 passes for 122 yards out of the Tide backfield and ranked fifth in the SEC with 116.6 all-purpose yards.
Anderson led the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 (-56) which currently ranks as the eighth most in school history in a season. He's also the team leader in sacks with 7.0 (-37) and quarterback pressures with seven. All his numbers this season were career highs.
Prothro was on his way to a break out season before suffering a season ending broken leg in Alabama's game against Florida. Prior to his injury, Prothro had recorded three touchdowns, 691 all-purpose yards (325 receiving, 193 kick return, 81 punt return, 41 rushing) and was the main target for quarterback Brodie Croyle. Despite missing the last six games for Alabama, he still ranks third on the team in total offense. Prothro rolled up 279 all-purpose yards against Southern Mississippi including a career high 134 receiving yards on seven catches, also a career high.
In 11 games, Roach has 63 tackles, including three TFLs (-4). He led UA with nine pass breakups and added two quarterback pressures. He is 10th all-time at UA with 269 career tackles.
Coaches individual awards will be released on Wednesday and the freshman All-SEC team will be announced on Thursday.