Six Tiders honored as All-SEC

Four University of Alabama football players were selected in the 2003 coaches' awards voting, and two were picked by the Associated Press for their respective 2003 All-Southeastern Conference teams released on Tuesday.

The AP selected a first-team, second-team offense and defense along with honorable mention, while the coaches select first- and second-team all-stars.

On the offensive side of the ball, University of Alabama offensive guard Justin Smiley was honored as a member of the first-team AP All-SEC team, while Wesley Britt and Shaud Williams were named to the second-team AP. In the coaches' selections, Britt was selected to the first-team and Williams was named a second-team All-SEC offensive player.

Defensive standouts Antwan Odom and Derrick Pope both garnered first-team All-SEC honors for the Crimson Tide in the coaches' picks as well. Sophomore DeMeco Ryans was an AP second-team pick, Odom was an AP honorable mention.

Smiley (6-4, 293, Jr., Ellabell, Georgia) 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.

Britt (6-8, 313, Jr., Cullman, Alabama) had 38 knockdown blocks in nine games in 2003, including a season-high nine against Ole Miss and six each against Arkansas and Southern Miss. He played a total of 561 snaps on the season, including a season-high 85 against Kentucky. Britt sustained a broken left leg in the Tennessee game, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.

Williams (5-8, 191, Sr., Andrews, Texas) leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (1,367) and rushing attempts (280), and scored a league-leading 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, two receiving) in 2003. He is also one of eight semifinalists for the 2003 Doak Walker award, and the only semifinalist from the SEC. The annual award has recognized the top running back in college football since 1990.

The Crimson Tide tailback earned SEC player-of-the-week honors twice in 2003, once after a two-touchdown effort in Alabama's season-opener, and another after a 174-yard, three-touchdown performance against Kentucky in the 27-17 Crimson Tide victory.

Williams is scheduled to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Alabama on December 15.

Odom (6-5, 277, Jr., Bayou LaBatre, Alabama) was a starter in every game this season at defensive end, and finished the year with a team-leading eight sacks. His sack total also ranks second in the SEC. He also had 9.5 stops behind the line for 65 yards and a team-high 24 quarterback pressures. He has forced two fumbles and had four pass break-ups.

Pope (6-0, 226, Sr., Galveston, Texas) started for the Tide in the ten games. An injury in the Georgia game limited Pope to just 12 snaps against the Bulldogs. He missed the Southern Miss game and played just 21 snaps against Ole Miss. He returned to the starting lineup against Tennessee and played 79 snaps. Pope had 105 tackles, five sacks for 35 yards, nine tackles for loss of 45 yards and five quarterback pressures. He had double-figure tackle games against Oklahoma (17), Northern Illinois (14), Arkansas (14) and Hawaii (10).

Ryans (6-2, 225, So., Bessemer, Alabama) was the Tide's leading tackler with 126 total tackles. The linebacker set the school record for single game tackles with 25 against Arkansas. The old record (24) was held by Mike Hall vs. Clemson in 1968. A 13-game starter, Ryans posted double-digit games against Oklahoma (16), Arkansas (25) and Southern Miss (13), Tennessee (13) and Auburn (10). He is one of 11 players to amass 100-plus tackles in a single season.

The SEC individual award winners will be released on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced on Thursday.

SEC Champion LSU and Eastern Division co-champions Florida, Georgia and Tennessee each had seven representatives on the 2003 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches' Football Team, the league announced on Tuesday.

Nine of the 12 SEC schools each had at least two members of the first-team All-SEC squad. Arkansas led all schools with four first team selections. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss each had three first-team selections while Kentucky and Tennessee each had two members on the first-team. Miss. State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt were not represented on the first team.

Tennessee had five members on the second-team followed by Florida, Georgia, and LSU with four players each. Arkansas had two players and Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss. State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt each had one player on the second-team.

Arkansas' junior offensive tackle Shawn Andrews, Auburn senior outside linebacker Karlos Dansby, Auburn junior running back Carnell Williams and Tennessee junior punter Dustin Colquitt were unanimous selections to the All-SEC squad. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.

Andrews, Kentucky senior offensive lineman Antonio Hall, Alabama junior offensive lineman Wesley Britt, Georgia defensive lineman David Pollack, LSU defensive back Corey Webster and Kentucky return specialist Derek Abney were repeat first-team selections from last season.

The All-SEC squad had 15 first-team seniors, 11 were underclassmen, including 10 juniors and one sophomore. Georgia inside linebacker Odell Thurman was the only sophomore on the first unit. On the second-team, 11 seniors were selected, seven juniors and seven sophomores and one freshman. Florida inside linebacker Channing Crowder was the only freshman on the second-team.

Coaches First Team All-SEC Offfense

TE Ben Troupe        Florida    6-4   262  Sr.  Augusta, Ga.

OL Shawn Andrews     Arkansas   6-6   353  Jr.  Camden, Ark.  

OL Max Starks        Florida    6-7   349  Sr.  Orlando, Fla.

OL Antonio Hall      Kentucky   6-5   302  Sr.  Canton, Ohio

OL Wesley Britt      Alabama    6-8   312  Jr.  Cullman, Ala.

 C Scott Wells       Tennessee  6-2   300  Sr.  Spring Hill, Tenn.

WR Michael Clayton   LSU        6-4   200  Jr.  Baton Rouge, La.

WR Chris Collins     Ole Miss   6-2   190  Sr.  Gloster, Miss.

QB Eli Manning       Ole Miss   6-5   218  Sr.  New Orleans, La.

RB Carnell Williams  Auburn     5-11  204  Jr.  Attalla, Ala.

RB Cedric Cobbs      Arkansas   6-1   225  Sr.  Little Rock, Ark.

Coaches First Team All-SEC Defense

DL  David Pollack       Georgia   6-3   278  Jr.  Snellville, Ga.

DL  Chad Lavalais       LSU       6-3   289  Sr.  Marksville, La.

DL  Antwan Odom         Alabama   6-5   273  Jr.  Bayou LaBatre, Ala.

OLB Karlos Dansby       Auburn    6-5   235  Sr.  Birmingham, Ala.

OLB Derrick Pope        Alabama   6-0   223  Sr.  Galveston, Texas

ILB Dontarrious Thomas  Auburn    6-4   238  Sr.  Perry, Ga.

ILB Odell Thurman       Georgia   6-1   225  So.  Monticello, Ga.

DB  Corey Webster       LSU       6-0   197  Sr.  Vacherie, La.

DB  Keiwan Ratliff      Florida   5-10  178  Sr.  Columbus, Ohio

DB  Ahmad Carroll       Arkansas  5-11  191  Jr.  Atlanta, Ga.

DB  Tony Bua            Arkansas  5-11  210  Sr.  River Ridge, La.

DB  Sean Jones          Georgia   6-2   212  Jr.  Atlanta, Ga.

Coaches First Team All-SEC Special Teams

P  Dustin Colquitt   Tennessee  6-2   196  Jr.  Knoxville, Tenn.

PK Jonathan Nichols  Ole Miss   6-0   180  Jr.  Greenwood, Miss.

RS Derek Abney       Kentucky   5-10  175  Sr.  Mosinee, Wisc.

Coaches Second Team All-SEC Offense

TE Jason Peters      Arkansas        6-5  320  Jr.  Queen City, Texas

OL Stephen Peterman  LSU             6-4  325  Sr.  Waveland, Miss.

OL Max Jean-Gilles   Georgia         6-4  348  So.  Miami, Fla.

OL Michael Munoz     Tennessee       6-6  305  Jr.  Mason, Ohio

OL Travelle Wharton  South Carolina  6-4  315  Sr.  Fountain Inn, S.C.

C  Mike Degory       Florida         6-5  309  So.  Palm Bay, Fla.

WR Devery Henderson  LSU             6-0  190  Sr.  Opelousas, La.

WR Justin Jenkins    Miss. State     6-1  210  Sr.  Pearl, Miss.

QB David Greene      Georgia         6-3  230  Jr.  Snellville, Ga.

QB Matt Mauck        LSU             6-2  217  Jr.  Jasper, Ind.

RB Shaud Williams    Alabama         5-8  189  Sr.  Andrews, Texas

RB Cedric Houston    Tennessee       6-0  215  Jr.  Clarendon, Ark.

Coaches Second Team All-SEC Defense

DL  Jovan Haye         Vanderbilt  6-3   255  So.  Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DL  Reggie Torbor      Auburn      6-3   242  Sr.  Baton Rouge, La.

DL  Bobby McCray       Florida     6-6   245  Sr.  Miami, Fla.

OLB Kevin Burnett      Tennessee   6-3   235  Jr.  Carson, Calif.

OLB Kevin Simon        Tennessee   5-11  225  So.  Walnut Creek, Calif.

ILB Caleb Miller       Arkansas    6-3   220  Sr.  Sulphur Springs, Texas

ILB Channing Crowder   Florida     6-2   236  Fr.  Atlanta, Ga.

DB  Daryl Dixon        Florida     5-10  190  Sr.  New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

DB  Gibril Wilson      Tennessee   6-1   190  Sr.  San Jose, Calif.

DB  Thomas Davis       Georgia     6-1   220  So.  Shellman, Ga.

DB  Muhammad Abdullah  Kentucky    6-0   200  So.  Folkston, Ga.

Coaches Second Team All-SEC Special Teams

P  Cody Ridgeway  Ole Miss  6-1  190  Jr.  Jackson, Tenn.

PK Billy Bennett  Georgia   5-8  175  Sr.  Athens, Ga.

RS Skyler Green   LSU       5-9  189  So.  Westwego, La.

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