Several Tigers Earn Postseason Honors

Auburn, Ala.--The honors just keep rolling in for several Auburn players following the Tigers' 7-4 regular season. On Tuesday <b>Carnell Williams, Carlos Rogers</b> and <b>Mayo Sowell</b> were named to the 2001 <i>Sporting News</i> Freshman All-America Third Team.

This is the third such team for Williams and Rogers, who were also named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-SEC Freshman Team as well as the Coaches' All-SEC Freshman team. Sowell was also honored by the News-Sentinel as a member of the All-SEC Freshman team.

Williams, the leading rusher for the Tigers this season with 614 yards and six touchdowns on 120 carries, didn't become the starter until the ninth game of the season but still managed some impressive numbers. Coming off the bench against Arkansas, he rushed for 177 yards, the most by a freshman running back in the SEC this season. Against Georgia he set the school record for rushing attempts with 41 in Auburn's big road win.

Rogers, a cornerback from Augusta, Ga., quickly found himself in the thick of things this season after arriving from Hargrave Military Academy in the fall. Finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 58, Rogers also had a knack for breaking up passes with 12 this season. He had a career-high 10 tackles and two pass deflections in Auburn's 16-14 win over Mississippi State.

It took a while but Sowell finally got his break this season for the Tigers and he responded. With nobody else to turn to at linebacker due to injuries when Auburn played Florida, Sowell stepped up and had his best game of the season with 10 tackles and an interception. For the year the Birmingham native had 29 tackles, one interception and two pass deflections.

Kicker Damon Duval also continues to rack up the awards. He has been named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American team. That makes the third such honor for Duval this season joining the Walter Camp and the ABC Online All-America Teams as well. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native connected on 16 of 26 field goals this season and was a perfect 28-for-28 on extra points. The highlights of his season was making three game-winning field goals in successive weeks as the Tigers beat Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Florida.

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