Minor surgery no problem for Odom

In preparation for the 2003 season, defensive end Antwan Odom recently underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

According to Odom, the procedure was routine, intended to "clean up" the joint and should have no effect on his availability for the upcoming season. "They just went in and smoothed out some rough edges," Odom said.

The junior is taking part in summer workouts, though at this point he's being careful of the repaired knee. One of the top weight lifters on the squad, Odom's strength work has been hardly affected at all. But of course he's being cautious with his running.

However the knee is feeling better every day, and Odom expects to be out running full speed with his teammates soon.

Odom runs down the Mississippi State quarterback for a sack. (photo courtesy of Barry Fikes)

Coming off easily his most productive year at Alabama, Antwan Odom led the Tide in sacks last year with 10. That ranked him second in SEC for that category and seventh in the nation.

Odom also added 11 quarterback pressures, 42 total tackles and accumulated 88 yards in losses on tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Odom played in every game for Alabama, starting versus Southern Miss, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Hawaii. Versus the Rainbows, Odom had two sacks and basically made life miserable for the Hawaii quarterback all game.

Considered one of the premier pro prospects in the South, he and fellow end Nautyn McKay-Loescher are being counted on to anchor next year's Tide defense. NFL scouts are frankly drooling over Odom's combination of size, strength and speed.

Odom will compete for Alabama next year as a fourth-year junior. He and his wife are expecting their first child this July.

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