Running Recognition

After wishing he would have had the opportunity for a few more touches a week ago, Alabama junior running back Kenneth Darby got all he needed last Saturday, and was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the league office.

Kenneth Darby eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, racking up a season team-high 145 yards in Alabama's 37-14 victory over South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Darby had a workmanlike effort, with a long of 22-yards that went for a touchdown in the third quarter to push the Tide's lead to 30-7 among his 20 carries.

Darby could have had more, but Jimmy Johns and Glen Coffee provided KD with ample relief. The Tide notched 338 rushing yards total, the largest rushing total in Mike Shula's two-plus year tenure at the Capstone.

The award is Darby's first this season, the first for an Alabama offensive player and the second in his career. He was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week in 2004 following his 200-yard performance against Mississippi State.

It was the Tide's second straight SEC Player of the Week, however, as junior wide receiver Tyrone Prothro was named the league's Special Teams player of the week last week.

Surprisingly, the Tide has yet to have an SEC defensive player of the week with the league's 2nd-ranked total defense and SEC-best sack total.

Other SEC honorees were: On defense, Vanderbilt linebacker Moses Osemwegie; On special teams, kicker Chris Hetland of Florida; Offensive lineman, Daniel Inman of Georgia; Defensive lineman, Willie Evans of Mississippi State; Freshman, Brad Lester, running back from Auburn.

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