Dec. 11, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Four University of Alabama football players were named to the 2008 SEC Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team, the league office announced today.
The list includes receiver Julio Jones, running back Mark Ingram, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and offensive lineman John Michael Boswell.
Jones started all 13 games and led the Crimson Tide with 51 catches for 847 yards and four touchdowns this season, setting UA rookie records in all three categories. He ranks fourth in the SEC with 65.15 yards per game and seventh in the league with 3.92 catches per game this year. Jones was the only UA player to catch a pass in all 13 games this season and he led the Tide in receiving eight times. He had three 100-yard games against Tennessee (6-103), LSU (7-128) and Florida (5-124) and his 64-yard catch against the Gators in the SEC Championship Game was the longest pass play for the Tide this season.
Ingram carried the ball 135 times for 702 yards and a freshman school record 12 rushing touchdowns in 13 games. He is seventh in the SEC with 54.0 rushing yards per game and also averaged 5.2 yards per carry for the Tide. Ingram tied Florida's Tim Tebow for the fourth-most rushing TDs (12) in the SEC this season and tied Tebow for fifth-place with 12 total touchdowns. Ingram was fifth in the league in scoring with 5.7 points per game.
Hightower played in 13 games and made 12 starts at linebacker this season for an Alabama defense that ranked in the Top 5 nationally in scoring, rushing and total defense. He was fourth on the team with 62 tackles and ranked fifth with five quarterback pressures. Hightower also added two tackles for loss (-6), recovered two fumbles and forced one fumble this season. He had a season-high 11 tackles in the Tide's SEC Western Division-clinching win at LSU on Nov. 8. He added 10 tackles in the win over Tulane.
Boswell appeared in seven games as a back-up offensive lineman. He saw action against Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas State, Mississippi State and Auburn. The Crimson Tide's offensive line paved the way for 196.46 rushing yards per game this season , the second-highest total in the league.