Mosley, Jones Earn SEC Coaches Honors

There isn't much to quibble about with the Southeastern Conference coaches' selections of 2013 players of the year. Nick Saban wasn't allowed to vote for his own players, so that explains one vote C.J. Mosley didn't get for SEC Defensive Player of the Year. But how could half the league's coaches not vote for the man many consider the best defensive player in the nation? Ah, well. Half a loaf...



The league's 14 head coaches selected an All-SEC team (announced Tuesday) and will have a Freshman All-SEC team Thursday. Today were the individual awards and Alabama got two of them. Or, more accurately, one and a half.

C.J. Mosley and Missouri's Michael Sam were named SEC Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Alabama's Christion Jones was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.

Mosley leads Alabama and ranks tied for fourth in the SEC this season with 102 tackles, including 56 solo tackles. He averaged 8.5 tackles per game.

Sam leads the SEC this season in sacks per game (0.81) and tackles for loss per game (1.38). He has posted 10.5 sacks on the season and has logged 18.0 tackles for loss on the year.

Jones leads the SEC in punt returns and punt return average, logging 21 returns on the year for 14.4 punt return yards per game with a league-leading two punt return touchdowns on the year. Additionally, he leads the SEC in kick return average with 29.3 yards per game.

Auburn's Tre Mason was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Alabama's Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell was named SEC Freshman of the Year, Georgia's Aaron Murray was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Auburn's Gus Malzahn was named the SEC Coach of the Year. Texas A&M's Jake Matthews earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

Mason, who turned in a record-setting Most Valuable Player performance at the SEC Championship Game with 304 rushing yards and four touchdowns, has recorded an SEC-leading 124.7 rushing yards per game this season. Mason has accumulated 1,621 rushing yards on the year – which ranks among the top-10 all-time on the SEC's single season list - with a league-leading 23 total touchdowns this year. His 23 touchdowns this season are tied for third on the SEC's all-time single season list.

Treadwell was the SEC's top freshman wide receiver, catching 67 total passes for 557 yards on the year. He averaged 46.4 receiving yards per game and his 67 total catches rank third in the SEC this season. Treadwell has scored five receiving touchdowns on the year, which ranks tied for 11th in the SEC this season. He is the only freshman in the SEC this season to be ranked among the league's top-15 in total receptions and receptions per game. Treadwell has been Ole Miss' top receiver this season.

Murray is one of 16 players nationwide who earned the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and was one of two SEC finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy. He recorded a 4.0 grade point average in his first semester of a psychology doctorate program. He is a three-time Academic All-District selection, was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America second-team selection and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murray is the SEC career record holder for total yards (13,155), touchdown passes (121), total offense (13,562) and completions (921).

Matthews, who became the second consecutive Texas A&M player to earn the Jacobs Blocking Trophy after Luke Joeckel garnered the honor a year ago, has been the leader of the Aggies' offensive line that leads the SEC in passing offense at 350.9 yards per game.

Malzahn, in his first season at Auburn, engineered one of the finest turnarounds in college football history. He has directed the Tigers to a 12-1 season and a berth in the BCS National Championship. Following last season's 3-9 record, Malzahn has helped lead his team to a nine-win improvement, best among all FBS teams. His Auburn team defeated Missouri 59-42 in the SEC Championship Game last Saturday and he is only the second first-year coach to lead his team to the national championship game.

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