Harper an Award Semifinalists

Crimson Tide senior free safety Roman Harper was announced Tuesday as a semi-finalist for the 2005 Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best college defensive back.

Harper is one of 12 semi-finalists for the award which will be announced from Disney World in Orlando, Florida on December 8, 2005.

Harper is 7th all-time at Alabama with 285 career tackles. He moved past Robbie Jones (1979-82) on the all-time list with two stops last week at Miss. State. Harper is third among active SEC defenders with 285 career tackles.

In nine games this season, Harper is the second-leading tackler with 52 total stops. He has also added one sack, 4.5 TFLs, two forced fumbles, one interception (50 yds) and one PBU.

Harper had six tackles and the biggest play of the game in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 22. With the game tied at 3-3 late in the game and the Vols inside the Bama 15-yard line, Harper hit Tennessee fullback Cory Anderson at the UA four-yard line and forced a fumble that rolled through the end zone for a touchback.

The 2005 semi-finalists are:

Darnell Bing, Jr, USC
Greg Blue, Sr, Georgia
Darrel Brooks, Sr, Arizona
Dion Byrum, Sr, Ohio
Charles Gordon, Jr, Kansas
Roman Harper, Sr, Alabama
Michael Huff, Sr, Texas
Tye Hill, Sr, Clemson
LaRon Landry, Jr, LSU
Brandon Merriweather, Jr, Miami (FL)
Jimmy Williams, Sr, Virginia Tech
Alan Zemaitis, Sr, Penn State

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