Six Tide athletes honored as All-SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Six University of Alabama football players have been named to the 2001 All-SEC Football Team in an announcement by the Southeastern Conference Office and the Associated Press earlier this week. <br><br>The Coaches All-SEC team includes four Crimson Tide players, while the 2001 Associated Press All-SEC contains three players. Junior middle linebacker Saleem Rasheed (6-3, 223, Birmingham) was the only UA player named to both teams.

Rasheed was a First-Team All-SEC selection by the league's 12 head coaches after leading Alabama with 115 tackles this season, the sixth highest single-season total in school history. Rasheed also added one TFL (-1), one sack (-1) and five PBUs for the Crimson Tide this season.

Three Alabama players were named to the Coaches Second-Team All-SEC squad, including senior tight end Terry Jones, Jr. (6-4, 267, Tuscaloosa), junior defensive tackle Kenny King (6-7, 277, Daphne) and junior defensive end Kindal Moorehead (6-4, 288, Memphis) were Second-Team All-SEC selections by the league coaches.

Jones appeared in all 11 games for the Crimson Tide and caught 12 passes for 156 yards and a career high two touchdowns. He was also on the league's outstanding blockers.

King started all 11 games for the Crimson Tide at nose tackle and contributed 47 tackles, including one TFL (-2), 1.5 sacks (-11). He also added 10 quarterback pressure, three fumbles recovered, one interception (8 yard return) and one PBU.

Moorehead started 10 games for Alabama, missing only the LSU game due to injury. He added 41 tackles, including five TFLs (-22) and 5.5 sacks (-49). He combined for 10.5 total stops behind the line this season for minus 71 yards. He was second on the team in sacks, TFLs and total stops behind the line of scrimmage. He had two sacks and three total stops behind the line in Alabama's 31-10 win over Arkansas. In addition, he added a team-high 12 quarterback pressures, two PBUs and one interception.

Junior defensive tackle Jarret Johnson (6-4, 281, Chiefland, Fla.) and junior center Alonzo Ephraim (6-4, 288, Birmingham) were named First-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.

Johnson was Alabama's sixth leading tackler this season with 54 total stops. He led the Crimson Tide and was third in the SEC with nine sacks (-72). He also paced the team with five TFLs (-22), giving him 14 total stops behind the line for scrimmage for minus 94 yards.

Johnson had 20 tackles and five sacks in his last two games of the season with Auburn and Southern Miss. Johnson's best game at Alabama came against USM, where he had a career high 11 tackles and three sacks (-28). He also added one TFL (-2) and caused a fumble that set up the Crimson Tide's first touchdown.

Ephraim started all 11 games at center for the Crimson Tide and played virtually every snap this season. With three redshirt freshmen starting on the o-line, Ephraim was the elder statesman of a group that paved the way for Alabama to lead the SEC with 226.4 rushing yards per game.

Rasheed was a Second-Team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, while King was an honorable mention selection.

The SEC's Freshman All-SEC team will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Crimson Tide football team placed 17 student-athletes in the 2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

  • Cliff Carter Management (3.39)
  • Adam Cox Fitnees Mgmt. (3.12)
  • Corey Ferguson Finance (3.30)
  • Ahmaad Galloway English (3.15)
  • Tyler Harris Management (3.00)
  • P. Hollingsworth Engineering (3.84)
  • Jason Jones Financal Plan. (3.66)
  • Kenny King Management (3.36)
  • Marc Miller Biology (3.80)
  • Steven Moore Physical Ed. (3.13)
  • Jonathan Richey Mgmt. Info Sys. (3.15)
  • Saleem Rasheed Management (3.22)
  • Rob Saucier Psychology (3.15)
  • Josh Smith Engineering (3.63)
  • Lance Taylor Management (3.10)
  • Tyler Watts Marketing (3.02)
  • Andrew Zow Sports Mgmt. (3.03)

Florida quarterback Rex Grossman, Auburn offensive lineman Kendall Simmons and Arkansas coach Houston Nutt earned the top Southeastern Conference individual honors in the 2001 coaches' awards voting, conducted by the league's coaches.

Grossman was named the SEC Player of the Year on seven of a possible 11 ballots. The sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., led the SEC and the nation in the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.8. Grossman completed 259 of 395 passes for 3,896 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He broke school records for pass completion percentage (65.6), passing yards, total offensive yards and broke the SEC record for total offensive yards per play (9.10).

Simmons was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the league's top blocker and voted by the SEC's coaches. The senior from Ripley, Miss. was a key performer for the Tigers, who finished as co-champions of the Western Division with a 7-4 overall and 5-3 SEC record. Nutt was named the SEC Coach of the Year by his peers. Nutt directed the Razorbacks to a 7-4 overall and 4-4 SEC record. The Razorbacks started the season with a 1-3 record and went on to win its next six games.

While the All-SEC squad had 13 first-team seniors, 17 were underclassmen, including eight juniors and four sophomores. Including the second-team, 27 seniors were selected, 23 juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. Florida led all SEC teams with six players on the first-team followed by Tennessee with five and LSU with four. Eight of the 12 SEC teams had a representative on the first-team All-SEC squad. All 12 SEC teams are represented on either the first or second teams.

Florida, with four players on the second unit, had the most players on the squad with 10. LSU, with four players on the second team, had eight players on both units. Tennessee had seven players on both units.

Ten players on the first unit are repeat performers including Ole Miss offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf, Florida offensive lineman Mike Pearson, Auburn offensive lineman Kendall Simmons, Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, LSU wide receiver Josh Reed, Florida defensive lineman Alex Brown, Tennessee defensive lineman John Henderson, South Carolina outside linebacker Kalimba Edwards, Florida defensive back Lito Sheppard, Georgia defensive back TIm Wansley and Auburn punter Damon Duval.

Florida's Gaffney, South Carolina's Edwards, Florida quarterback Rex Grossman and Tennessee running back Travis Stephens were the only unanimous All-SEC selection.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes. The Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team will be released on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Coachs' Poll

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE

  • TE Randy McMichael Georgia 6-4 228 Jr. Fort Valley, Ga.
  • ^OL Terrence Metcalf Ole Miss 6-4 315 Sr. Clarksdale, Miss.
  • ^OL Mike Pearson Florida 6-7 292 Jr. Seffner, Fla.
  • ^OL Kendall Simmons Auburn 6-3 314 Sr. Ripley, Miss.
  • OL Fred Weary Tennessee 6-4 301 Sr. Montgomery, Ala.
  • C Zac Zedalis Florida 6-3 280 Sr. Alachua, Fla.
  • ^#WR Jabar Gaffney Florida 6-1 202 So. Jacksonville, Fla.
  • ^WR Josh Reed LSU 5-11 205 Jr. Rayne, La.
  • #QB Rex Grossman Florida 6-1 218 So. Bloomington, Ind.
  • #RB Travis Stephens Tennessee 5-9 190 Sr. Clarksville, Tenn.
  • RB LaBrandon Toefield LSU 6-0 224 So. Independence, La.
  • PK Damon Duval Auburn 6-1 186 Jr. Chattanooga, Tenn.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE

  • TE Terry Jones, Jr. Alabama 6-4 267 Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • OL Jon Stinchcomb Georgia 6-6 278 Jr. Lilburn, Ga.
  • OL Melvin Paige South Carolina 6-5 300 Sr. Dillon, S.C.
  • *OL Jason Baggett LSU 6-5 310 Sr. Baytown, Texas
  • *OL Shane Hall South Carolina 6-6 305 Jr. Indian Mills, N.J.
  • *OL Pat Green Vanderbilt 6-7 335 Sr. Emmaus, Pa.
  • *C Ben Claxton Ole Miss 6-3 288 Jr. Dublin, Ga.
  • *C Curt McGill Georgia 6-4 274 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
  • WR Reche Caldwell Florida 6-0 198 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
  • *WR Donte' Stallworth Tennessee 6-1 190 Jr. Sacramento, Calif.
  • *WR Kelley Washington Tennessee 6-4 225 Fr. Stephens City, Va.
  • *WR Dan Stricker Vanderbilt 6-3 201 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
  • QB Rohan Davey LSU 6-3 235 Sr. Miami, Fla.
  • RB Lew Thomas Vanderbilt 6-0 213 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
  • *RB Joe Gunn Ole Miss 5-10 200 Sr. Amory, Miss.
  • *RB Fred Talley Arkansas 5-9 180 Jr. Longview, Texas
  • PK Jeff Chandler Florida 6-2 215 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE

  • ^DL Alex Brown Florida 6-3 264 Sr. White Springs, Fla.
  • ^DL John Henderson Tennessee 6-7 290 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
  • DL Will Overstreet Tennessee 6-4 260 Sr. Jackson, Miss.
  • ^#OLB Kalimba Edwards South Carolina 6-6 262 Sr. East Point, Ga.
  • OLB Bradie James LSU 6-3 228 So. West Monroe, La.
  • ILB Trev Faulk LSU 6-3 225 Jr. Lafayette, La.
  • ILB Saleem Rasheed Alabama 6-3 223 Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
  • ^DB Lito Sheppard Florida 5-10 194 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
  • ^DB Tim Wansley Georgia 5-9 172 Sr. Buford, Ga.
  • *DB Syniker Taylor Ole Miss 6-0 1/2 219 Sr. Gulfport, Miss.
  • *DB Andre Lott Tennessee 5-11 185 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
  • *DB Sheldon Brown South Carolina 5-10 192 Sr. Fort Lawn, S.C.
  • ^P Damon Duval Auburn 6-1 186 Jr. Chattanooga, Tenn.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE

  • DL Charles Grant Georgia 6-4 267 Jr. Colquitt, Ga.
  • DL Kenny King Alabama 6-5 277 Jr. Daphne, Ala.
  • *DL Kindal Moorehead Alabama 6-4 288 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
  • *DL Jarvis Green LSU 6-3 265 Sr. Donaldsonville, La.
  • OLB Boss Bailey Georgia 6-4 218 Jr. Folkston, Ga.
  • OLB Eddie Strong Ole Miss 6-4 245 Jr. Batesville, Miss.
  • ILB Andra Davis Florida 6-1 254 Sr. Live Oak, Fla.
  • ILB Dontarrious Thomas Auburn 6-4 220 Sr. Perry, Ga.
  • DB Pig Prather Miss. State 6-2 186 Sr. Falkner, Miss.
  • DB Todd Johnson Florida 6-1 194 Jr. Sarasota, Fla.
  • DB Andre Goodman South Carolina 5-10 188 Sr. Greenville, S.C.
  • DB Damien James LSU 5-11 191 Jr. Carencro, La.
  • P Glenn Pakulak Kentucky 6-3 228 Jr. Lapeer, Mich.
(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection / ^-Repeat First-Team Selection) (Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players)

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - Houston Nutt, Arkansas

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Rex Grossman, QB, Florida

JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY - Kendall Simmons, OL, Auburn


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