Wednesday, December 08, 2004
The University of Alabama football team added eight players to the Associated Press All-SEC teams as announced by the Southeastern Conference. In addition, senior offensive lineman Wesley Britt was also the recipient of the Jacobs Award given to the best blocker in the SEC as voted on by league coaches.
Britt and fellow senior offensive lineman Evan Mathis were chosen to the All-SEC first team as were senior linebacker Cornelius Wortham and senior kicker Brian Bostick.
Britt (6-8, 298) started at left tackle for Alabama, which finished with a 6-5 record and earned the right to play Minnesota in the Music City Bowl. A unanimous pick, Britt missed the last four games of his junior season after breaking his leg against Tennessee.
Mathis (6-5, 296) moved from right tackle to left guard for his senior season. He has started 46 consecutive games for the Tide and along with Britt he helped Alabama rank second in the SEC and 21st nationally in rushing with an average of 200 yards per game.
Wortham (6-1, 233) did not play last season because of an elbow injury. He bounced back to record 86 total tackles, leading an Alabama defense that ranked first in the SEC and second nationally in total defense. The Tide allowed 235.9 yards per game.
Wortham recorded one fumble recovery, one interception and three tackles for eight yards in losses.
Bostick (5-11, 213) led Alabama in scoring with 81 points. He made 16 of 19 field-goal attempts and hit all 33 of extra-point tries. He ranked second in the SEC in scoring with an average of 7.4 points per game.
Sophomore running back Kenneth Darby (5-11, 205), who became the 11th player in Alabama history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,061), was selected an All-SEC second team performer as was junior safety Roman Harper (6-1, 197). Harper is third on the team in tackles and ranks 15th on the Alabama all-time tackle list.
Junior tight end Clint Johnston (6-4, 251) and junior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (6-2, 232) were both honorable mention All-SEC.