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Named Second Team Preseason All-America By Football Action. Named Second Team Preseason All-SEC By The Birmingham News, The Sporting News And The Southeastern Post. Named The "Best Leader" In The SEC By The Birmingham News. Named Sigma Nu Fraternity's 2002 Athlete-Of-The Year, Based On Performances During The 2001-02 Academic Year.
Eli Manning: "I think coach Roper did a great job of teaching me the game of football and not just, 'Here is a play, learn it,' but why this play is going to be good. Why certain run plays were good, talking about defensive schemes, defensive linemen and getting tips on how to read coverages.