Three Tiders All-SEC

Alabama had two defensive players and one offensive star selected first team All-Southeastern Conference in voting by the SEC head football coaches. An earlier Associated Press selection by sportswriters and broadcasters had only one Bama player on first team.

Alabama senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC team as selected by the league's coaches. He was joined on the defensive first unit by senior Tide safety Roman Harper, while junior Bama halfback Kenneth Darby was named to the first team offense.

Perhaps the greatest honor went to Tyrone Prothro. Although injured and lost for the season in Alabama's fifth game of the year, the junior wide receiver was selected second team offensve by the SEC coaches.

Senior linebacker Freddie Roach and senior end Mark Anderson were Alabama members of the second team defense.

SEC Champion Georgia had a league-high five representatives on the 2005 First-Team All-SEC Coaches' Football Team. Eleven of the 12 SEC schools had a member of the first-team All-SEC squad. Following Georgia, LSU was next with four first-team picks with Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt each with three selections.

Georgia also had the most players on both the first and second units with nine. Florida had a league-high five players on the second unit followed by Georgia with four and Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee with three each.

There were five unanimous selections to this year's All-SEC squad, three on the offensive line - Marcus McNeill of Auburn, Georgia's Max Jean-Gilles and LSU's Andrew Whitworth. Defensively, Alabama's DeMeco Ryans and Georgia's Greg Blue were also unanimous first-team All-SEC choices.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.

Georgia tight end Leonard Pope, Vanderbilt linebacker Moses Osemwegie, McNeill and Jean-Gilles were repeat first-team selections from last season.

The All-SEC squad had 13 first-team seniors, 15 were underclassmen, including nine juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. Both wide receivers on the first unit - South Carolina's Sidney Rice and Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett - are freshmen as is Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. On the second-team, 15 seniors were selected, nine juniors and two sophomores and one freshman. Arkansas return specialist Felix Jones was the only freshman on the second-team.

The SEC individual award winners will be released on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced on Thursday.

2005 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM

(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection / ^-Repeat First-Team Selection) (Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

^TE Leonard Pope Georgia 6-7 250 Jr. Americus, Ga.

^#OL Marcus McNeill Auburn 6-9 338 Sr. Decatur, Ga.

^#OL Max Jean-Gilles Georgia 6-4 340 Sr. Miami, Fla.

#OL Andrew Whitworth LSU 6-7 322 Sr. West Monroe, La.

*OL Tre' Stallings Ole Miss 6-4 317 Sr. Magnolia, Miss.

*OL Arron Sears Tennessee 6-4 338 Jr. Russellville, Ala.

C Mike Degory Florida 6-6 304 Sr. Palm Bay, Fla.

WR Sidney Rice South Carolina 6-4 191 Fr. Gaffney, S.C.

WR Earl Bennett Vanderbilt 6-2 200 Fr. Birmingham, Ala.

QB Jay Cutler Vanderbilt 6-4 228 Sr. Santa Claus, Ind.

RB Kenny Irons Auburn 5-11 202 Jr. Dacula, Ga.

*RB Kenneth Darby Alabama 5-11 205 Jr. Huntsville, Ala.

*RB Darren McFadden Arkansas 6-2 210 Fr. North Little Rock, Ark.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

TE Dustin Dunning Vanderbilt 6-5 248 Sr. Hoover, Ala.

OL Tim Duckworth Auburn 6-4 315 Jr. Taylorsville, Miss.

OL Randy Hand Florida 6-6 310 Sr. Fort Myers, Fla.

*OL Will Arnold LSU 6-4 322 So. Gloster, Miss.

*OL Daniel Inman Georgia 6-7 328 Jr. Hope Mills, N.C.

*OL Brian Stamper Vanderbilt 6-5 292 Jr. Windermere, Fla.

C Rudy Niswanger LSU 6-6 296 Sr. Monroe, La.

WR Chad Jackson Florida 6-1 205 Jr. Hoover, Ala.

WR Tyrone Prothro Alabama 5-8 178 Jr. Heflin, Ala.

*QB D.J. Shockley Georgia 6-1 206 Sr. College Park, Ga.

RB Jerious Norwood Mississippi State 6-0 204 Sr. Brandon, Miss.

RB Rafael Little Kentucky 5-11 195 So. Anderson, S.C.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Willie Evans Mississippi State 6-2 270 Sr. Waynesboro, Miss.

DL Quentin Moses Georgia 6-5 248 Jr. Athens, Ga.

DL Claude Wroten LSU 6-3 290 Sr. Bastrop, La.

#LB DeMeco Ryans Alabama 6-2 232 Sr. Bessemer, Ala.

LB Patrick Willis Ole Miss 6-2 230 Jr. Bruceton, Tenn.

^LB Moses Osemwegie Vanderbilt 6-0 228 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.

LB Sam Olajubutu Arkansas 5-9 227 Jr. LaGrange, Ga.

#DB Greg Blue Georgia 6-2 214 Sr. College Park, Ga.

DB Roman Harper Alabama 6-1 200 Sr. Prattville, Ala.

DB LaRon Landry LSU 6-2 204 Jr. Ama, La.

DB Ko Simpson South Carolina 6-1 201 So. Rock Hill, S.C.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Mark Anderson Alabama 6-5 253 Sr. Tulsa, Okla.

*DL Jeremy Mincey Florida 6-4 265 Sr. Statesboro, Ga.

*DL Parys Haralson Tennessee 6-2 248 Sr. Flora, Miss.

*DL Kyle Williams LSU 6-2 295 Sr. Ruston, La.

LB Omar Gaither Tennessee 6-2 230 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.

LB Travis Williams Auburn 6-1 213 Sr. Columbia, S.C.

LB Freddie Roach Alabama 6-2 248 Sr. Killen, Ala.

LB Kevin Simon Tennessee 5-11 234 Sr. Walnut Creek, Calif.

DB Muhammad Abdullah Kentucky 6-0 205 Sr. Folkston, Ga.

DB Demetrice Webb Florida 5-11 190 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.

DB DeMario Minter Georgia 6-0 198 Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga.

DB Will Herring Auburn 6-3 220 Jr. Opelika, Ala.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

P Kody Bliss Auburn 5-11 177 Jr. Brentwood, Tenn.

PK Brandon Coutu Georgia 6-0 197 So. Lawrenceville, Ga.

RS Skyler Green LSU 5-10 185 Sr. Westwego, La.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

P Gordon Ely-Kelso Georgia 6-2 234 Jr. Athens, Ga.

PK Chris Hetland Florida 6-0 185 Jr. Leesburg, Ga.

RS Felix Jones Arkansas 6-0 195 Fr. Tulsa, Okla.


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