Dec. 4, 2003
Columbia, S.C. –
The Sporting News has named two University of South Carolina standouts to its 2003 SEC All-Freshman football squad. Demetris Summers, a true freshman tailback from Lexington, S.C., and Chris White, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Chester, S.C., were named to the team announced on Thursday.
Summers, who was USC’s second leading rusher with 638 yards, went over the 100-yard mark twice in 2003. The 2002 Parade Magazine All-America rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Alabama-Birmingham and followed that up the next week with a 158-yard effort against nationally ranked Tennessee. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry. Summers also had 12 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He had 136 yards in kick returns for a total of 920 all-purpose yards. Summers suffered a concussion on the first play of the second half against Arkansas and did not play against Florida.
“I only received this honor because of the support I received from my teammates and coaches,” said Summers. “I know I’ve got a lot of areas to improve in and need to work real hard between now and next season in order to become the type of player I want to become.”
White, who missed the 2002 season with a neck condition, came back in 2003 to play in all 12 games, while starting the final six games of the year either at center or guard. The 6-4, 308-pounder, was a Prep Star All-America choice his senior year at Chester High School.