Thursday, December 11, 2003
More honors came in for Alabama football players Thursday, as offensive guard Justin Smiley was named an All-American and Juwan Garth earned a spot on the freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad.
Smiley was named first-team All-America by "Pro Football Weekly" magazine, while Garth was among the SEC coaches' picks for freshmen.
Smiley 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
Garth recorded 62 tackles in 2003, including two sacks. He also added three pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Garth's 62 stops ranks seventh on the Crimson Tide squad and are the most for a freshman on the team. His tackle total also ranks third in the SEC among freshman.
The Decatur, Alabama native scored a touchdown against Georgia this season when he scooped up a fumble and ran ten yards on a Georgia punt attempt.