Garth named Freshman All-SEC

More honors came in for Alabama football players Thursday, as offensive guard Justin Smiley was named an All-American and Juwan Garth earned a spot on the freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad.

Smiley was named first-team All-America by "Pro Football Weekly" magazine, while Garth was among the SEC coaches' picks for freshmen.

Smiley 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, which was 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

Garth recorded 62 tackles in 2003, including two sacks. He also added three pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Garth's 62 stops ranks seventh on the Crimson Tide squad and are the most for a freshman on the team. His tackle total also ranks third in the SEC among freshman.

The Decatur, Alabama native scored a touchdown against Georgia this season when he scooped up a fumble and ran ten yards on a Georgia punt attempt.

Ten of the 12 Southeastern Conference football squads were represented on the fourth annual SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team.

Eastern Division co-champion Florida led the way with five selections, including quarterback Chris Leak, the SEC Freshman of the Year. Leak and teammate Channing Crowder were unanimous selections for the Gators. Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt each had three selections followed by Auburn, Kentucky, LSU and Mississippi State with two selections each. Alabama and South Carolina had one selection each.

Arkansas and Ole Miss were not represented on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Freshman All-SEC, Offense

TE Keith Zinger      LSU             6-5   260  Leesville, La.

OL Donovan Davis     Miss. State     6-7   330  Jackson, Miss.

OL Daniel Inman      Georgia         6-7   315  Hope Mills, N.C.

OL Arron Sears       Tennessee       6-4   300  Russellville,Ala.

OL Brian Stamper     Vanderbilt      6-5   265  Windermere, Fla.

OL Tom Sorensen      Vanderbilt      6-4   290  Salt Lake City, Utah

WR Courtney Taylor   Auburn          6-2   192  Carrollton, Ala.

WR Marlon White      Vanderbilt      6-4   185  Macon, Ga.

QB Chris Leak        Florida         6-1   205  Charlotte, N.C.

RB Demetris Summers  South Carolina  6-1   200  Lexington, S.C.

RB Michael Cooper    Georgia         5-11  223  Sylvania, Ga.

Freshman All-SEC, Defense

DL Ray McDonald       Florida      6-3   252   Belle Glade, Fla.

DL Quentin Moses      Georgia      6-5   250   Athens, Ga.

DL Lamar Mills        Kentucky     6-1   275   Slidell, La.

LB Channing Crowder   Florida      6-2   236   Atlanta, Ga.

LB Earl Everett       Florida      6-2   210   Webster, Fla.

LB Juwan Garth        Alabama      6-2   193   Decatur, Ala.

LB Durrell White      Kentucky     6-3   234   Middlesboro, Ky.

DB Will Herring       Auburn       6-4   207   Opelika, Ala.

DB Corey Campbell     Tennessee    6-3   195   Spring, Texas

DB LaRon Landry       LSU          6-2   180   Boutte, La.

DB Quinton Culberson  Miss. State  6-0   210   Jackson, Miss.

Freshman All-SEC, Special Teams

P  Eric Wilbur    Florida    6-2   190  Winter Park, Fla.

PK James Wilhoit  Tennessee  5-10  190  Hendersonville, Tenn.

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