More honors for Tide stars

University of Alabama running back Shaud Williams and offensive tackle Wesley Britt were lauded as first-team all-stars on the <i>College Football News</i> All-SEC team.

In a list of the Top 30 players regardless of position, CFN had Shaud Williams at No. 7, Wesley Britt at No. 20, defensive end Antwan Odom at No. 28 and linebacker Derrick Pope at No. 29.

Williams was listed as the 2nd best running back, while CFN said Britt was the third-best offensive linemen in the league. Odom and Pope were listed as fifth-best at their respective positions.

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).

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