Tide Lands Three on Freshman All-SEC Squad

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team placed three freshman on the 2007 Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman Team, the SEC Office announced Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide was represented by running back Terry Grant, linebacker Rolando McClain and cornerback Kareem Jackson.

Grant was honored after setting Alabama rookie records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.  In 11 games, Grant had 180 carries for 891 yards and eight touchdowns.  He is looking to become the first freshman to lead the Tide in rushing since Gene Jelks (93 carries, 588 yards) in 1985.  Grant was named SEC Freshman of Week three consecutive weeks in September after his performances against Western Carolina (18-134-3), Vanderbilt (24-173-2) and Arkansas (20-96-0).

McClain was the only unanimous selection on the defensive unit.  In 12 games this season, McClain was the Tide’s fourth-leading tackler with 70 stops.  He added 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one sack, one interception and one quarterback pressure.  His best game of the season came in the regular-season finale where he had 15 tackles and one interception at Auburn.  He also had 11 tackles against Georgia.

Jackson was the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler (61) in 2007.  Jackson also added three interceptions (81 yards) during his rookie season.  He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against Tennessee on Oct. 20.  Against the Vols, he had six tackles and two interceptions.  He added six tackles and blocked a field goal attempt in the game against LSU (Nov. 3).

The entire team is listed below:
 
2007 FRESHMAN ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection / Coaches could not vote for their own players)
 
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC - OFFENSE

Pos.  Name  School  Ht.  Wt.  Hometown 
TE  D.J. Williams  Arkansas  6-2  250  Little Rock, Ark 
OL  Ryan Pugh  Auburn  6-4  282  Hoover, Ala. 
OL  Trinton Sturdivant  Georgia  6-5  293  Wadesboro, N.C. 
OL  Lee Ziemba  Auburn  6-8  297  Rogers, Ark. 
OL  *Clint Boling  Georgia  6-5  290  Alpharetta, Ga. 
OL  *Maurkice Pouncey  Florida  6-4  311  Lakeland, Fla. 
OL  *Chaz Ramsey  Auburn 6-4  284  Madison, Miss. 
WR  #Terrance Toliver  LSU  6-5  190  Hempstead, Texas 
WR  Denarius Moore  Tennessee  6-1  285  Tatum, Texas 
QB  Wesley Carroll  Mississippi State  6-3  190  Parkland, Fla. 
RB  #Knowshon Moreno  Georgia  5-11  207  Belford, N.J. 
RB  Terry Grant  Alabama  5-9  184  Lumberton, Miss. 
 
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC - DEFENSE
Pos.  Name  School  Ht.  Wt.  Hometown 
DL  Ladi Ajiboye  South Carolina  6-1  291  Greenville, S.C. 
DL  Damario Ambrose  Arkansas  6-5  245  Mobile, Ala. 
DL  Antoine Carter  Auburn  6-4  226  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
LB  # Rolando McClain  Alabama  6-4  255  Decatur, Ala. 
LB  Freddy Burton  Arkansas  6-2  202  Morrilton, Ark. 
LB  Cliff Matthews  South Carolina  6-4  239  Cheraw, S.C. 
LB  A.J. Jones  Florida  6-1  211  Tampa, Fla. 
DB  Eric Berry  Tennessee  5-11  195  Fairburn, Ga. 
DB  Joe Haden  Florida  5-11  181  Ft. Washington, Md. 
DB  Major Wright  Florida  6-1  204  Miramar, Fla. 
DB  *Zac Etheridge  Auburn  5-11  200  Troy, Ala. 
DB  *Kareem Jackson  Alabama  5-11  185  Macon, Ga. 
DB  *Chad Jones  LSU  6-3  218  Baton Rouge, La. 
        
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC - SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.  Name  School  Ht.  Wt.  Hometown 
PK  *Daniel Lincoln  Tennessee  6-4  204  Ocala, Fla. 
PK  *Alex Tejada  Arkansas  6-1  202  Springdale, Ark. 
Ryan Shoemaker  Auburn   6-0  188  Birmingham, Ala. 
RS  Chad Jones  LSU  6-3  218  Baton Rouge, La.