The Jacobs Award was inaugurated in 1935 by Dr. W.P. Jacobs of Clinton, S.C. The winner is selected by SEC coaches.
Wesley Britt, the oldest of three brothers on the 2004 Alabama football team, is a 6-8, 298-pound four-year starter. In 2003 his season was cut short when he suffered a broken leg in the Tennessee game, but he was still selected All-SEC.
This year he was the anchor on an offensive line that helped Alabama rank second in the league in rushing offense despite losing key starters in the offensive backfield, including number one halfback Ray Hudson and number one fullback-number two halfback Tim Castille. Bama averaged 200 yards per game rushing.
An Alabama player, quarterback Riley Smith (he was primarily a blocking back in the Notre Dame box formation), won the first Jacobs Award following the 1935 season. This is the 17th time an Alabama player has won the award, which is the most of any SEC school.
Britt is the first Crimson Tide player to win the award since Chris Samuels in 1999.
Other Bama players to win the award are:
Leroy Monsky in 1937, Hal Self in 1946, Butch Avinger in 1949 and 1950, Billy Neighbors in 1961, Butch Wilson in 1962, Cecil Dowdy in 1966, John Hannah in 1972, Buddy Brown in 1973, Sylvester Croom in 1974, Bob Cryder in 1977, Dwight Stephenson in 1979, Wes Neighbors in 1986, Howard Cross in 1988, and Tobie Sheils in 1993.
Other SEC honorees announced Wednesday are:
Coach of the Year Tommy Tuberville of Auburn, Offensive Player of the Year Jason Campbell of Auburn, special teams player Carnell Williams of Auburn, defensive player David Pollack of Georgia, scholar-athlete David Greene of Georgia, and top freshman Brandon Siler of Florida.