Big Kendall Named SEC's Best Blocker

Auburn, Ala.--Senior offensive tackle <b>Kendall Simmons</b> has been named the SEC's top blocker.

The Tiger left tackle has won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is voted on annually by the SEC's football coaches. He is the first AU player to get that award since fullback Tucker Frederickson won it in 1963 and 1964. The only other Tiger to win it was Lloyd Cheatham in 1940.

Simmons is a first team All-SEC pick along with junior Damon Duval, who was the pick as the punter and field goal kicker. Sophomore linebacker Dontarrious Thomas is a second team All-SEC Pick. He led the Tigers in tackles with 122.

Simmons, who is expected to be one of the top draft picks in the NFL, says he isn't concerned about that now. "My focus has been on this season and helping our team win as many games as possible. The next thing to do is get ready for a bowl game. I will have time to concentrate on pro football later."

Kendall Simmons used his artistic ability to help design the 2001 Auburn football media guide.

Simmons is a repeat performer as a first team All-SEC pick. He is scheduled to graduate this month with a degree in visual communications. He overcame surgery to both ankles in 1999 and received a medical hardship redshirt that year after being a part-time starter the previous two seasons at guard after being in and out of the lineup due to injuries. He started every game the past two seasons at left tackle.

Auburn has had at least one player earn All-SEC honors each season since 1976.

Florida QB Rex Grossman was named the SEC Player of the Year and Houston Nutt of Arkansas was voted SEC Coach of the Year. Grossman completed 259-395 passes for 3,896 yards with 34 TDs and 12 interceptions. He leads the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.8.

Florida led all SEC teams with six players on the first-team followed by Tennessee with five and LSU with four. Eight of the 12 SEC teams had a player make first team All-SEC. All 12 teams are represented on either the first or second teams. Florida, with four players on the second unit, had the most players on the squad with 10. LSU, with four players on the second team, had eight players on both units. Tennessee had seven players on both units.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC OFFENSE


TE Randy McMichael, Georgia, 6-4, 228, Jr., Fort Valley, Ga.

OL Terrence Metcalf, Ole Miss, 6-4, 315, Sr., Clarksdale, Miss.

OL Mike Pearson, Florida, 6-7, 292, Jr., Seffner, Fla.

OL Kendall Simmons, Auburn, 6-3, 314, Sr., Ripley, Miss.

OL Fred Weary,Tennessee, 6-4, 301, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.

C Zac Zedalis, Florida, 6-3, 280, Sr., Alachua, Fla.

WR Jabar Gaffney, Florida, 6-1, 202, So., Jacksonville, Fla.

WR Josh Reed, LSU, 5-11, 205, Jr., Rayne, La.

QB Rex Grossman, Florida, 6-1, 218, So., Bloomington, Ind.

RB Travis Stephens, Tennessee, 5-9, 190, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn.

RB LaBrandon Toefield, LSU, 6-0, 224, So., Independence, La.

PK Damon Duval, Auburn, 6-1, 186, Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.


SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC OFFENSE

TE Terry Jones, Jr., Alabama, 6-4, 267, Sr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.

OL Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia, 6-6, 278, Jr., Lilburn, Ga.

OL Melvin Paige, South Carolina, 6-5, 300, Sr., Dillon, S.C.

OL Jason Baggett, LSU, 6-5, 310, Sr., Baytown, Texas

OL Shane Hall, South Carolina, 6-6, 305, Jr., Indian Mills, N.J.

OL Pat Green, Vanderbilt, 6-7, 335, Sr., Emmaus, Pa.

C Ben Claxton, Ole Miss, 6-3, 288, Jr., Dublin, Ga.

C Curt McGill, Georgia, 6-4, 274, Sr., Snellville, Ga.

WR Reche Caldwell, Florida, 6-0, 198, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

WR Donte Stallworth, Tennessee, 6-1, 190, Jr., Sacramento, Calif.

WR Kelley Washington, Tennessee, 6-4, 225, Fr., Stephens City, Va.

WR Dan Stricker, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 201, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio

QB Rohan Davey, LSU, 6-3, 235, Sr., Miami, Fla.

RB Lew Thomas, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 213 Sr., Atlanta, Ga.

RB Joe Gunn, Ole Miss, 5-10, 200, Sr., Amory, Miss.

RB Fred Talley, Arkansas, 5-9, 180, Jr., Longview, Texas

PK Jeff Chandler, Florida, 6-2, 215, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.


FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC DEFENSE

DL Alex Brown, Florida, 6-3, 264, Sr., White Springs, Fla.

DL John Henderson, Tennessee, 6-7, 290, Sr., Nashville, Tenn.

DL Will Overstreet, Tennessee, 6-4, 260, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

OLB Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina, 6-6, 262, Sr., East Point, Ga.

OLB Bradie James, LSU, 6-3, 228, So., West Monroe, La.

ILB Trev Faulk, LSU, 6-3,225, Jr., Lafayette, La.

ILB Saleem Rasheed, Alabama, 6-3, 223, Jr., Birmingham, Ala.

DB Lito Sheppard, Florida, 5-10, 194, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.

DB Tim Wansley, Georgia, 5-9, 172, Sr., Buford, Ga.

DB Syniker Taylor, Ole Miss, 6-0 1/2, 219, Sr., Gulfport, Miss

DB,Andre Lott, ,Tennessee, 5-11,185,Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

DB Sheldon Brown, South Carolina, 5-10, 192, Sr., Fort Lawn, S.C.

P Damon Duval, Auburn, 6-1, 186, Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.


SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC DEFENSE

DL Charles Grant, Georgia, 6-4, 267, Jr., Colquitt, Ga.

DL Kenny King, Alabama, 6-5, 277, Jr., Daphne, Ala.

DL Kindal Moorehead, Alabama, 6-4, 288, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

DL Jarvis Green, LSU, 6-3, 265, Sr., Donaldsonville, La.

OLB Boss Bailey, Georgia, 6-4, 218, Jr., Folkston, Ga.

OLB Eddie Strong, Ole Miss, 6-4, 245, Jr., Batesville, Miss.

ILB Andra Davis, Florida, 6-1, 254, Sr., Live Oak, Fla.

ILB Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn, 6-4, 220, Sr., Perry, Ga.

DB Pig Prather, Miss. State, 6-2, 186, Sr., Falkner, Miss.

DB Todd Johnson, Florida, 6-1,194, Jr., Sarasota, Fla.

DB Andre Goodman, South Carolina, 5-10, 188, Sr., Greenville, S.C.

DB Damien James, LSU, 5-11, 191, Jr., Carencro, La.

P Glenn Pakulak, Kentucky, 6-3, 228, Jr., Lapeer, Mich.

* * *

Subscribe to Inside The Auburn Tigers Magazine and Football Newsletter


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories