Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
- The 2003 season opener marked the first career starts for five Alabama players; including Sophomore. C J.B. Closner, Senior. OG Dennis Alexander, Senior. SE Zach Fletcher, True freshman F-B Tim Castille and redshirt freshman DT Jeremy Clark ...
- Along with Castille, true freshmen to play against South Florida were Le'Ron McLain (special teams) and LB Terrence Jones ...
- Senior. LB Cornelius Wortham did not play against the Bulls, marking the end of his 36 consecutive games played streak.
SEC Offensive Player of the WeekSHAUD WILLIAMS
5-8 * 191 * Senior
Andrews, Texas (Texas Tech)
- Williams rushed for 98 yards on a career-high 28 carries and two TDs, caught two passes for five yards and returned a punt 73 yards for another score in Alabama's 40-17 win over South Florida.
- With the score tied, 17-17 at halftime, Williams took over in the second half. On the first drive of the half, Williams accounted for 21 rushing yards, leading to a 25-yard Brian Bostick field goal, to put Alabama ahead for good, 20-17.
- After a Tide defensive stop of USF, Williams returned a punt 73 yards for a TD to put Alabama ahead, 27-17.
- Williams capped Alabama's next drive with a three-yard TD to put the Tide ahead, 33-17.
- On Alabama's next drive, Wiliams accounted for 31 rushing yards, including the final yard for his third TD of the game and gave Alabama the final scoring margin, 40-17.
- The game marked the first 3-TD effort of his collegiate career. In his four-year career, Williams has accounted for 3,053 yards at Texas Tech and Alabama. In 14 games with the Crimson Tide, Williams has 1,763 all-purpose yards.
Associated Press Poll (Sept. 1)1. Oklahoma (30) 1-0
2. Ohio State (25) 1-0
3. Miami, Fla. (2) 1-0
4. Southern Cal (6) 1-0
5. Michigan (2) 1-0
6. Texas 1-0
7. Kansas State 2-0
8. GEORGIA 1-0
9. Virginia Tech 1-0
10. Pittsburgh 0-0
11. Florida State 1-0
12. TENNESSEE 1-0
13. LSU 1-0
14. N.C. State 1-0
15. Virginia 1-0
16. Purdue 0-0
17. AUBURN 0-1
18. Wisconsin 1-0
19. Notre Dame 0-0
20. Arizona State 0-0
21. FLORIDA 1-0
22. Washington 0-1
23. Nebraska 1-0
24. Colorado 1-0
25. Texas Christian 0-0
SEC Players on Butkus Award Watch List[Nation's Top Linebacker]
Tony Bua, Arkansas
Kevin Burnett, Tennessee
Karlos Dansby, Auburn
T.J. Mawhinney, Mississippi State
Todd McCullough, Florida
Caleb Miller, Arkansas
Freddie Roach, Alabama
Kevin Simon, Tennessee
Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn
Lionel Turner, LSU
Justin Wade, Ole Miss
Cornelius Wortham, Alabama
SEC Players on Lombardi Award Watch List[Nation's Top Lineman/Linebacker]
SEC Players on Nagurski Award Watch List[Nation's Top Defensive Player]
SEC Players on Outland Trophy Watch List[Nation's Top Lineman]
SEC Players on Doak Walker Award Watch List[Nation's Top Running Back]
2003 SEC Team-by-Team Notes
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
OT Shawn Andrews returns as the reigning SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner ... The Razorbacks return 50 lettermen, including 18 starters ... OLB Tony Bua is the team's returning tackler with 131 stops ... QB Matt Jones (122-of-234 for 1,592 yards, 16 TDs) is the team's leading returning passer and rusher (614 yards on 129 carries, 5 TDs) ... The Razorbacks are the only SEC team not playing on the first weekend of the college football season ... Arkansas hosts Tulsa next Saturday in Fayetteville.
AUBURN TIGERS (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
WR Courtney Taylor, TE Cooper Wallace, OG Troy Reddick, LB Travis Williams, S Donnay Young and S Karibi Dede all made their first career start against Southern Cal ... QB Jason Campbell passed Daniel Cobb (2,350) for ninth place for career passing yards at Auburn ... Auburn gained just 164 total yards vs. USC, the fewest the Tigers have gained since a 164-yard effort in a 17-10 loss to Mississippi State on Oct. 7, 2000 ... The 23-0 loss snapped a streak of 44 straight games without being shutout ... The last time the Tigers were held scoreless at home was in a 19-0 loss to Virginia to open the 1998 season.
FLORIDA GATORS (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Nine true freshmen saw action against San Jose State, the second-most in school history. The most was 12 in 2000 ... Florida has scored on its opening drive in six of the last eight years ... The Gator defense has not allowed a TD in the first quarter in 11 of 14 games under head coach Ron Zook ... Forty of 90 players, including 32 scholarship student-athletes, on the dress roster for the opener had never played a down of football at Florida prior to the game ... Six Gators had their first career starts: RFr. QB Gavin Dickey (started at WR), Soph. QB Ingle Martin, Jr. OT Tavares Washington, Jr. DT Kenny Parker, RFr. DT Ray McDonald and Sr. CB Johnny Lamar.
GEORGIA BULLDOGS (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Georgia is now 9-0 on the opponents' home field under Mark Richt ... The Bulldogs defeat of Clemson was the first season-opening shutout since 1991 and their first season-opening shutout on the road since 1954 (def. Florida State, 14-0, in Tallahassee) ... Sr. PK Billy Bennett scored 12 points against Clemson (3 FGs, 3 PATs) to move up to third in Bulldog history with 290 points ... QB David Greene improved to 22-5 as a starting QB ... He completed 12-of-17 passes for 203 yards and a TD ... Five true freshmen played for UGA - DB Tra Battle, C Nick Jones, LB Jarvis Jackson, FL Sean Bailey and TE Leonard Pope.
KENTUCKY WILDCATS (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
First-time starters for Kentucky were FS Muhammad Abdullah, CB Earven Flowers and all four LBs - Deion Holts, Raymond Fontaine, Justin Haydock and Dustin Williams ... QB Jared Lorenzen has become UK's career leader in pass attempts with 1,209 ... He was 18-of-31 for 236 yards against Louisville ... Lorenzen is 66 yards shy of Tim Couch's school record of 8,435 career passing yards ... Lorenzen has 8,369 career yards ... DE Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns has an active streak of seven straight games with at least one tackle for a loss ... TB Draak Davis scored his first TD as a Wildcat.
LSU TIGERS (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
WR Michael Clayton extended his consecutive game streak with a reception to 27 (every game of his career) ... OT Rodney Reed (35 straight), OG Stephen Peterman (20), OT Andrew Whitworth (14) and WR Michael Clayton (14) all extended their consecutive games started streak against ULM ... OG Nate Livings, LB Eric Alexander, LB Adrian Mayes, DB Ronnie Prude, DB Jessie Daniels and FS Travis Daniels all made their first career starts vs. ULM ... QB Matt Mauck threw three TD passes in the 2nd quarter, the second time he has accomplished the feat ... He is the only QB in LSU history to throw three TD passes in the same quarter.
OLE MISS REBELS (1-0, 1-0 SEC)
QB Eli Manning's 8-yard completion to Mike Espy in the third quarter against Vanderbilt was the 567th of his career to break Kent Austin's school career record ... Manning now holds 26 Ole Miss single-season, season or career records ... PK Jonathan Nichols' made field goals of 54 and 51 yards to become the first kicker in school history to have two field goals of over 50 yards in the same game ... Three true freshmen played in their first college game against Vanderbilt - DB Charles Clark, DB Trumaine McBride, and LB Patrick Willis ... Ole Miss has not allowed a rushing TD in its last 19 quarters (last year vs. Georgia).
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
QB Kevin Fant tied his career high for pass completions (23) against Oregon and he threw three TD passes for the fourth time in his career ... With his six catches vs. Oregon, senior WR Justin Jenkins moved into ninth place on MSU's career list for pass receptions (83) ... He has now had at least one pass reception in 21 of his last 22 games ... Oregon's 28 points in the first quarter marked the most against an MSU team in one quarter during the Jackie Sherrill era ... WR Ray Ray Bivines matched his career high for pass receptions (6) in and RB Nick Turner scored the first TD of his career - a 44-yard run.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
With the win over ULL, USC coach Lou Holtz passed Woody Hayes to move into 8th on the all-time coaching victories list with 239 ... True freshman RB Demetris Summers had three carries for 23 yards and a kickoff 25 yards and two punts 27 yards ... South Carolina's defense allowed only two drives of more than six plays ... ULL's only score came on an 89-yard field goal return on the last play of the first half ... DB Deandre' Eiland had the eighth interception of his career, which is tied for second-most among active SEC players ... QB Dondrial Pinkins completed 16 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a TD.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Tennessee's 24-6 win over Fresno State was the Vols ninth straight season opening win ... RB Cedric Houston rushed for a career-best 161 yards on 19 carries, including 120 yards on 11 carries in the first half ... Converted QB James Banks (now WR) was the Vols' leading receiver against Fresno with seven catches for 80 yards and a TD ... Defensively, the Vols held Fresno to minus 1 yard on the ground ... Five newcomers played in their first college game - WR Jayson Swain, DE Turk McBride, LB Daniel Brooks, OT Arron Sears and DT Tony McDaniel ... The Vol defense recorded three sacks against Fresno.
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
Vanderbilt recorded its most impressive passing attack of the Bobby Johnson era vs. Ole Miss ... VU quarterbacks completed 21 of 33 pass attempts for 298 yards and threeTDs ... Vandy's highest passing total last year was 213 yards against Furman and most completions were 13 against Middle Tennessee ... QB Jay Cutler posted career highs in attempts (32), completions (20) and passing yards (248) ... WR Erik Davis caught six passes for 138 yards and one TD, all career highs ... Several Commodores made their first collegiate start including: Erik Davis (WR), Steven Brent (C), Bill Alford (CB), Kelechi Ohanaja (SS), Andrew Pace (SS), Otis Washington (LB) and Trey Holloway (DT).