Vanderbilt led the way with six selections, followed by Ole Miss with four. LSU and South Carolina have three selections each, while Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Kentucky each have two selections. Florida and Mississippi State each have one. Arkansas and Tennessee did not have a player on the squad.
Vanderbilt running back/return specialist Kwane Doster was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. The Tampa, Fla. native, led the Commodores and all SEC freshmen in rushing, with 798 yards on 160 carries and three TDs. Doster was also third in the SEC and 17th in the nation in kickoff return average with 25.7 yards per return in 24 attempts. He was fourth in the SEC in all-purpose rushing with 1,523 total yards, an average of 138.5 yards per game.
Doster was named to the squad as both running back and return specialist.
The 2002 Freshman All-SEC team was also announced on Monday and the Crimson Tide was represented by freshman middle linebacker Freddie Roach (Killen, Ala.) and freshman defensive back Charlie Peprah (Plano, Texas).
CB Charlie Peprah (5-11, 195, Fr., Plano, TX) player bio:
A SEC Coaches All-SEC Freshman team selection, Peprah played in all 13 games for the Crimson Tide. He finished the year with 47 tackles (39 solos), one TFL (-1) and a team-best four interceptions (90 return yards) and one TD. He had a interception return for a TD against Georgia and returned another interception to the one-yard line in a win at Tennessee. Against Georgia, he had 8 tackles and returned an interception 35 yards for a TD. Against Tennessee, he had 3 tackles and a 48-yard interception return.
LB Freddie Roach (6-2, 238, Fr., Killen, AL) player bio:
Named the 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year by the Atlanta Constitution. Also named to the Coaches All-SEC Freshman team in 2002. Roach started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the SEC's best statistical defense. The unit also ranked as the third best in the nation, allowing 257.3 yards per game. The Alabama run defense was the best in the nation, allowing 80.2 yards per game. For the season, Roach had 63 tackles (37 solos), one sack (-4), six TFLs (-17), five QB pressures, two fumbles recovered and one interception. In his Alabama debut, Roach had 10 tackles and a 41-yard interception return for a TD in the win over Middle Tennessee in the 2002 season opener.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.
The entire team is listed below (* denotes a tie):
Freshman All-SEC, DefenseDL Moe Thompson South Carolina 6-4 265 Goose Creek, Fla.
*DL Darrius Swain Georgia 6-2 316 Decatur, Ga.
*DL Deion Holts Kentucky 6-2 228 Bowling Green, Ky.
DL McKinley Boykin Ole Miss 6-2 285 Bessemer, Ala.
LB Freddie Roach Alabama 6-2 238 Killen, Ala.
LB Lance Laury South Carolina 6-2 225 Hopkins, S.C.
LB Moses Osemwegie Vanderbilt 6-0 220 Nashville, Tenn.
LB Cameron Vaughn LSU 6-4 225 Terrytown, La.
DB Charlie Peprah Alabama 5-11 195 Plano, Texas
DB Tim Jennings Georgia 5-8 164 Orangeburg, S.C.
DB Travis Johnson Ole Miss 6-1 191 Shannon, Miss.
DB Darren Williams Mississippi St. 6-2 199 Clarksdale, Miss.
Freshman All-SEC, OffenseTE Cooper Wallace Auburn 6-4 249 Nashville, Tenn.
OL Marcus McNeill Auburn 6-9 347 Ellenwood, Ga.
OL Andrew Whitworth LSU 6-7 320 West Monroe, La.
OL Tre' Stallings Ole Miss 6-4 317 Magnolia, Miss.
OL Mac Pyle Vanderbilt 6-4 310 Adairsville, Ga.
C Mike Degory Florida 6-6 304 Palm Bay, Fla.
WR Troy Williamson South Carolina 6-2 195 Jackson, S.C.
WR Mike Espy Ole Miss 6-0 187 Madison, Miss.
QB Jay Cutler Vanderbilt 6-4 208 Santa Claus, Ind.
RB Joseph Addai LSU 6-0 202 Houston, Texas
RB Kwane Doster Vanderbilt 5-10 175 Tampa, Fla.
Freshman All-SEC, Special TeamsP Greg Johnson Vanderbilt 6-1 180 Lilburn, Ga.
PK Taylor Begley Kentucky 6-0 202 Danville, Ky.
RS Kwane Doster Vanderbilt 5-10 175 Tampa, Fla.
NOTE: Barry Allen of Alabama's Media Relations Department contributed to this report.