Odom Made Most Of His Starts

Earlier this year, 'BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The team was previously announced, but this summer we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected. Linebacker Rolando McClain was the Player of the Decade.

Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to shoose three defensive linemen when they chose the Alabama football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). One of those selected was Antwan Odom, who played for the Crimson Tide 2000-03. He came to Bama from Bayou LaBatre.

Odom didn't become a fulltime starter until his junior season in 2003, but he was an important player even when sharing starting time. As a sophomore in 2002 he was seventh in the nation in sacks as he led the team with 10 for 76 yards. He also led Bama in sacks as a junior in 2003 with eight for 53 yards.

Odum, who played at right end, saw action in every game as a true freshman in 2000 and had 13 tackles with three for loss and added three sacks. His second season, he suffered a shoulder injury early in the second game and was lost for the year. In his redshirt sophomore year he had 42 tackles, and as a junior had 40 stops. He led Bama in 2003 with 10 tackles for lost yardage of 65 yards.

He went to the NFL following his All-SEC junior season in 2003.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.

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