Players Nab Awards for Florida Performance

University of Alabama senior quarterback Brodie Croyle and senior defensive end Mark Anderson have been named Southeastern Conference Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday and Croyle was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week based on his efforts in Bama's 31-3 win over Florida this weekend.

"That's a big honor," Croyle said of the national award, "but I couldn't have done it without the offensive line blocking against the best defensive line we've played and our wide receivers making thier normal plays."

Anderson, named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, was the top tackler on the line for the Tide totaling four tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a loss for four yards. He also forced a fumble on the first play from scrimmage and recorded a career high three pass break-ups.

One of his break-ups resulted in a Chris Harris interception that was returned to the Gator two yard line. Anderson was instrumental in helping the Tide defense keep the Florida Gators out of the end zone for the first time since 1992.

Croyle tossed a career high three touchdown passes in Alabama's 31-3 victory over the Gators. He finished the game with only three incompletions (14 for 17) while passing for 283 yards against the top pass defense in the SEC. His first pass of the game (the first play from scrimmage for Alabama) resulted in an 87 yard touchdown strike to Tyrone Prothro.

In the process of throwing three TD passes, Croyle broke the all-time record for touchdown passes in a career with his 36th.

The honor was a first for both athletes and the fifth and sixth this season for the Crimson Tide. Tyrone Prothro was named the league's Special Teams player of the week on September 12 and running back Kenneth Darby was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19. DeMeco Ryans (Defensive Player of the Week) and Jeremy Schatz (Special Teams) were honored last week by the conference.


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