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League Coaches Select Six Razorbacks to All-SE

BY ANDRES FOCIL
League Coaches Select Six Razorbacks to All-SE

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas boasted a league-leading four first-team players and six total All-Southeastern Conference selections on the 2003 SEC Coaches’ All-SEC Football teams released on Monday by the league office.
Junior offensive tackle Shawn Andrews and senior tailback Cedric Cobbs earned first-team All-SEC offensive honors while junior cornerback Ahmad “Batman” Carroll and senior free safety Tony Bua garnered first-team defensive accolades. Andrews was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.
Junior tight end Jason Peters and senior linebacker Caleb Miller were named to the All-SEC second team.
“It’s great to see our players recognized for their contributions to our football team,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The Southeastern Conference is the toughest league in the nation and to be able to say you are a first team All-SEC player is something to be proud of. Any time the coaches of the teams you compete against recognize you as the best; it is special. Having six players selected to the All-SEC squads is a credit to our entire team and our program.”
Andrews posted a stellar junior season and may pick up even more hardware later this week as a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. The Camden, Ark., native recorded 85 knockdown blocks this season and graded at 90 percent or better in 11 of 12 contests. He also became the first UA offensive lineman to carry the football as a tailback earning two touchdowns on three carries this season.
Cobbs leads the SEC in rushing and ranks 20th in the nation with a 107.2 rushing yards per game average this season. The UA tailback became only the sixth back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards this season earning 1,179 yards and nine touchdowns on 200 carries. He rushed for 100 yards or more in six of the Razorbacks’ 12 regular season games.
Carroll recorded 38 tackles and led the Hogs with three interceptions this season. He also racked up five tackles for loss (-11), nine pass deflections and four quarterback hurries. The Atlanta, Ga., native was a key contributor to the UA special teams as well. He earned six tackles as the outside containment on the punt coverage squad.
An All-SEC outside linebacker in 2002, Bua earned that honor at free safety this season. A senior from River Ridge, La., Bua posted his third-straight 100+ tackle season with a team high 121 stops. He also became the school record holder for career tackles during the 2003 season passing former Razorback and current Seattle Seahawks’ free safety Ken Hamlin (381). Bua owns 403 career tackles.
Peters earned his first all-conference recognition after hauling in 20 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns at tight end for the Hogs. His 20 catches are the most by a UA tight end since former Razorback and current Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Joe Dean Davenport snared 21 in 2000. He made a catch in 11 of Arkansas’ 12 games. He also earned 87 knockdown blocks to aid the Hogs’ league-leading rushing game.
Miller recorded his third-consecutive 100+-tackle season in 2003 by racking up 117 stops at inside linebacker. The Sulphur Springs, Texas, standout earned seven double-digit tackle games this season including a career high 19 tackles in the Hogs’ 71-63 seven-overtime win at Kentucky. Miller was also recognized earlier this season by the league as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his 11-tackle outing in an upset of No. 5 Texas.
For Andrews and Cobbs, the first-team recognition was the second such honor in as many days. On Monday, the duo was named to the Associated Press All-SEC First Team squad.
The AP tabbed three other Razorbacks as second team selections. Bua and Miller were named to the second team defense while senior split end George Wilson was selected to the second team offense.
Senior offensive tackle Bo Lacy earned honorable mention honors from the Associated Press.

2003 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection / ^-Repeat First-Team Selection)
(Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos. – Name, School, Ht., Wt., Class, Hometown

TE- Ben Troupe, Florida, 6-4, 262, Sr., Augusta, Ga.
#^OL – Shawn Andrews, Arkansas, 6-5, 365, Jr., Camden, Ark.
OL – Max Starks, Florida, 6-7, 349, Sr., Orlando, Fla.
^OL – Antonio Hall, Kentucky, 6-5, 302, Sr., Canton, Ohio
^OL – Wesley Britt, Alabama, 6-8, 312, Jr., Cullman, Ala.
C – Scott Wells, Tennessee, 6-2, 300, Sr., Spring Hill, Tenn.
WR – Michael Clayton, LSU, 6-4, 200, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
WR – Chris Collins, Ole Miss, 6-2, 190, Sr., Gloster, Miss.
QB – Eli Manning, Ole Miss, 6-5, 218, Sr., New Orleans, La.
#RB – Carnell Williams, Auburn, 5-11, 204, Jr., Attalla, Ala.
RB – Cedric Cobbs, Arkansas, 6-1, 225, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos. – Name, School, Ht., Wt., Class, Hometown
TE – Jason Peters, Arkansas, 6-5, 320, Jr., Queen City, Texas

OL – Stephen Peterman, LSU, 6-4, 325, Sr., Waveland, Miss.
OL – Max Jean-Gilles, Georgia, 6-4, 348, So., Miami, Fla.
OL – Michael Munoz, Tennessee, 6-6, 305, Jr., Mason, Ohio
OL – Travelle Wharton, South Carolina, 6-4, 315, Sr., Fountain Inn, S.C.
C – Mike Degory, Florida, 6-5, 309, So., Palm Bay, Fla.
WR – Devery Henderson, LSU, 6-0, 190, Sr., Opelousas, La.
WR – Justin Jenkins, Miss. State, 6-1, 210, Sr., Pearl, Miss.
*QB – David Greene, Georgia, 6-3, 230, Jr., Snellville, Ga.
*QB – Matt Mauck, LSU, 6-2, 217, Jr., Jasper, Ind.
RB – Shaud Williams, Alabama, 5-8, 189, Sr., Andrews, Texas
RB – Cedric Houston, Tennessee, 6-0, 215, Jr., Clarendon, Ark.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
Pos. – Name, School, Ht., Wt., Class, Hometown

^DL – David Pollack, Georgia, 6-3, 278, Jr., Snellville, Ga.
DL – Chad Lavalais, LSU, 6-3, 289, Sr., Marksville, La.
DL – Antwan Odom, Alabama, 6-5, 273, Jr., Bayou LaBatre, Ala.
#OLB – Karlos Dansby, Auburn, 6-5, 235, Sr., Birmingham, Ala.
OLB – Derrick Pope, Alabama, 6-0, 223, Sr., Galveston, Texas
ILB – Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn, 6-4, 238, Sr., Perry, Ga.
ILB – Odell Thurman, Georgia, 6-1, 225, So., Monticello, Ga.
^DB – Corey Webster, LSU, 6-0, 197, Sr., Vacherie, La.
DB – Keiwan Ratliff, Florida, 5-10, 178, Sr., Columbus, Ohio
DB – Ahmad Carroll, Arkansas, 5-11, 190, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.
*DB – Tony Bua, Arkansas, 5-11, 218, Sr., River Ridge, La.

*DB – Sean Jones, Georgia, 6-2, 212, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL – Jovan Haye, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 255, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL – Reggie Torbor, Auburn, 6-3, 242, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
DL – Bobby McCray, Florida, 6-6, 245, Sr., Miami, Fla.
OLB – Kevin Burnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 235, Jr., Carson, Calif.
OLB – Kevin Simon, Tennessee, 5-11, 225, So., Walnut Creek, Calif.
ILB – Caleb Miller, Arkansas, 6-3, 225, Sr., Sulphur Springs, Texas
ILB – Channing Crowder, Florida, 6-2, 236, Fr., Atlanta, Ga.
DB – Daryl Dixon, Florida, 5-10, 190, Sr., New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
DB – Gibril Wilson, Tennessee, 6-1, 190, Sr., San Jose, Calif.
DB – Thomas Davis, Georgia, 6-1, 220, So., Shellman, Ga.
DB – Muhammad Abdullah, Kentucky, 6-0, 200, So., Folkston, Ga.




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