Tigers Well Represented On AP All-SEC Team

Auburn, Ala.--Although the 2003 football season season has not turn out as expected, five Auburn Tigers earned All-SEC honors from the Associated Press.

Leading the charge on the first team were running back Carnell Williams, offensive lineman Monreko Crittenden, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive tackle Demarco McNeil. Defensive end Reggie Torbor earned second team honors as well while linebacker Dontarrious Thomas was a honorable mention pick.

Williams was a no-brainer for selection after finishing second in the league in rushing with 1,239 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns. Four times this season he was named the SEC Player of the Week with three coming in successive weeks, a record for the award.

Crittenden was a mainstay at guard this season for an offense that underachieved at times, but still managed to finish second in the SEC in rushing behind Arkansas. Crittenden was a three-year starter for the Tigers and could have a chance to play on the next level.

A playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers, Dansby led the team in tackles with 74 this season and had four sacks and 12 tackles for losses. One of the top players at his position in the country, Dansby should be a first round pick in next year's NFL Draft.

Karlos Dansby (11) is shown in Auburn's victory over Vandy. The Tiger senior will also close his college career in Nashville with Auburn playing Wisconsin in the Music City Bowl.

A four-year starter who battled through knee injuries for his entire career, McNeil finished his career on a high note with his best season since his freshman campaign for the Tigers. The nose tackle has made 45 tackles and four and a half quarterback sacks in 2003. His stock has risen dramatically since last season's performance against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl and he'll likely get a shot at the next level.

A former running back turned defensive end, Torbor finished his regular season with one of the top pass rushing years in recent seasons for an Auburn player. The 245-pounder had seven sacks and also added 31 tackles. His consistent play, effort, and speed off the corner will make him an interesting prospect for an NFL team willing to give him a look at outside linebacker.

Thomas was second on the Auburn team with 71 tackles this season and finishes his career in the top-10 in career tackles for the Tigers.

LSU led the way with six players on the first team while Georgia and Ole Miss had four players each. Rebel quarterback Eli Manning was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year while Florida defensive back Keiwan Ratliff was named the defensive winner. Gator quarterback Chris Leak was named the newcomer of the year and David Cutcliffe along with Nick Saban shared Coach of the Year honors.

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