Three Tide Freshmen Earn SEC Recognition

There was a slight surprise when the Southeastern Conference Coaches All-Freshman Football Team was announced Thursday and the Alabama Crimson Tide had three men selected for the team.

It had been expected that Alabama would land two men on the team, left tackle Cam Robinson and punter JK Scott. The surprise was defensive end Da’Shawn Hand was also named to the first group even though he had been a back-up performer for the Tide.

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Robinson was selected by the Alabama coaching staff as a player of the week three times, playing the critical left tackle position. He was a starter in the first game and throughout the year and had to play through ankle and shoulder injuries.

Scott was an easy selection. He was the All-SEC punter announced earlier in the week as he led the conference in punting and is one of the nation’s best, including being a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.

Although Hand was a back-up, he made eight tackles and had two sacks in his first year.

Alabama returns to practice next week to prepare for its participation in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Bama, ranked number one in the nation, will meet Ohio State on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

LSU placed a league-leading four selections on the 15th-annual SEC Coaches All-Freshman squad. The teams were voted on by the SEC’s 14 head coaches, who were not able to vote for their own players.

Georgia tailback Nick Chubb was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year.

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