Birmingham, Ala.--The preseason recognition continued for several Auburn Tigers on Thursday as junior defensive end Carl Lawson, senior offensive guard Alex Kozan, and junior kicker Daniel Carlson were named first-team All-SEC by the coaches. In addition guard Braden Smith and defensive tackle Montravius Adams were named to the second team while safety Johnathan Ford and punt returner Marcus Davis garnered third team honors.
Coming back from a disappointing 2015 season that saw him miss six games because of a hip injury and be slowed the rest of the year, Lawson finished with just 17 tackles, one sack and three tackles for losses a season ago, but has the potential to be a big impact performer for the Auburn defense this season coming off the edge. The same is true of Kozan, who came back last fall from a back injury that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season. Now back to full strength, Kozan is primed for a big year for the Auburn offense.
There was nothing off about Carlson's performance a season ago. The Groza Award finalist connected on 23-27 field goals for the season, including 4-5 from 50 yards or more. He was a perfect 40-40 on extra-point attempts as well and was a weapon on kickoffs with 49 touchbacks in 49 attempts in 2015.
Daniel Carlson had a huge season for the Tigers in 2015
Named to the second group on offense, Smith combines with Kozan to form one of the top guard tandems in the SEC and perhaps the country. Coming off a season when he made 44 tackles with two and a half sacks and three tackles for losses, Adams is shooting for bigger and better things in his final season with the Tigers.
Auburn's leading tackler each of the last two seasons, Ford is coming off a year when he made 118 stops on defense, had a pair of interceptions, a forced a pair of fumbles. For his career Ford has made 216 tackles and has five interceptions.
Rounding out the list for Auburn is Davis. Coming into his own last season as a punt returner, the senior had 15 returns for 179 yards a season ago with a long of 56. That came in Auburn's bowl win over Memphis on a day when Davis had six returns for 94 yards, over half of his season total.