Wednesday, December 08, 2004
University of Alabama senior offensive lineman Wesley Britt has been named this year's Jacobs Award recipient as announced by the Southeastern Conference office.
The Jacobs award is given annually to the league's top blocker as voted on by the coaches around the league.
Britt becomes the 18th Alabama player to win the award and the first since Chris Samuels received it in 1999.
"It's spectacular to be mentioned in the same breath as Chris Samuels and Billy Neighbors and all the other guys that have won this award," said Britt. "It's a combination of everything I've gone through from the workouts and the games and the practices and to see it all come to fruition is amazing."
"All of us are excited for Wes," said Alabama head coach Mike Shula. "This award is a testament to his dedication and determination."
Britt was named to the SEC Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC first teams earlier in the week. Heading into the Tide's bowl game against Minnesota, Britt has recorded 63 knockdown blocks and graded 92 percent or better in six of the 11 games he played in this season.
Since his red-shirt freshman season, Britt has logged 2,753 career snaps on the UA offensive line and is a three-time All-SEC performer.