Six Crimson Tide Football Players Earn All-SEC Honors

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Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Justin Smiley
Justin Smiley
AP First-Team

Four University of Alabama football players were selected in the 2003 coaches' awards voting, and two were picked by the Associated Press for their respective 2003 All-Southeastern Conference teams released on Tuesday.

The AP selected a first-team, second-team offense and defense along with honorable mention, while the coaches select first- and second-team all-stars.

On the offensive side of the ball, University of Alabama offensive guard Justin Smiley was honored as a member of the first-team AP All-SEC team, while Wesley Britt and Shaud Williams were named to the second-team AP.  In the coaches' selections, Britt was selected to the first-team and Williams was named a second-team All-SEC offensive player.

Defensive standouts Antwan Odom and Derrick Pope both garnered first-team All-SEC honors for the Crimson Tide in the coaches' picks as well.  Sophomore DeMeco Ryans was an AP second-team pick, Odom was an AP honorable mention.

Wesley Britt
Wesley Britt
AP Second-Team
Coaches' First-Team

Smiley (6-4, 293, Jr., Ellabell, Georgia) has 35 career starts for the Crimson Tide, ranking just ahead of fellow offensive lineman Wesley Britt who has 33. Smiley and Britt were named to several pre-season All-America lists. 

Although he missed two games with a foot sprain, Smiley was instrumental in helping the Crimson Tide to 2,067 rushing yards in 2003, the fourth highest total in the SEC.  Smiley had 785 snaps on the season and he played an incredible 108 snaps in the five overtime game against Tennessee.

Britt (6-8, 313, Jr., Cullman, Alabama) had 38 knockdown blocks in nine games in 2003, including a season-high nine against Ole Miss and six each against Arkansas and Southern Miss.  He played a total of 561 snaps on the season, including a season-high 85 against Kentucky.  Britt sustained a broken left leg in the Tennessee game, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.

Shaud Williams
Shaud Williams
AP Second-Team
Coaches' Second-Team

Williams (5-8, 191, Sr., Andrews, Texas) leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (1,367) and rushing attempts (280), and scored a league-leading 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, two receiving) in 2003.  He is also one of eight semifinalists for the 2003 Doak Walker award, and the only semifinalist from the SEC.  The annual award has recognized the top running back in college football since 1990. 

The Crimson Tide tailback earned SEC player-of-the-week honors twice in 2003, once after a two-touchdown effort in Alabama's season-opener, and another after a 174-yard, three-touchdown performance against Kentucky in the 27-17 Crimson Tide victory.

Williams is scheduled to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Alabama on December 15.


Antwan Odom
Coaches' First-Team
AP Honor. Mention


Odom (6-5, 277, Jr., Bayou LaBatre, Alabama) was a starter in every game this season at defensive end, and finished the year with a team-leading eight sacks.  His sack total also ranks second in the SEC.  He also had 9.5 stops behind the line for 65 yards and a team-high 24 quarterback pressures.  He has forced two fumbles and had four pass break-ups. 

Pope (6-0, 226, Sr., Galveston, Texas) started for the Tide in the ten games.  An injury in the Georgia game limited Pope to just 12 snaps against the Bulldogs.  He missed the Southern Miss game and played just 21 snaps against Ole Miss.  He returned to the starting lineup against Tennessee and played 79 snaps.  Pope had 105 tackles, five sacks for 35 yards, nine tackles for loss of 45 yards and five quarterback pressures.  He had double-figure tackle games against Oklahoma (17), Northern Illinois (14), Arkansas (14) and Hawaii (10).

Derrick Pope
Derrick Pope
Coaches' First-Team

Ryans (6-2, 225, So., Bessemer, Alabama) was the Tide's leading tackler with 126 total tackles.  The linebacker set the school record for single game tackles with 25 against Arkansas.  The old record (24) was held by Mike Hall vs. Clemson in 1968.  A 13-game starter, Ryans posted double-digit games against Oklahoma (16), Arkansas (25) and Southern Miss (13), Tennessee (13) and Auburn (10).  He is one of 11 players to amass 100-plus tackles in a single season.

The SEC individual award winners will be released on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced on Thursday.

 


 

 

     
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