All-Star Jackpot: Tigers Take 10 All-SEC Spots

Auburn, Ala.--For the first time since 1984 one team's starting backfield was named as the complete first team All-SEC backfield.

A trio of Auburn seniors, running backs Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams plus quarterback Jason Campbell, are three of eight Tigers named first team All-SEC players for the 2004 season by the league's 12 coaches.

The last time that happened was in 1984 when a trio of Florida Gators made the sweep. John L. Williams and Neal Anderson were the running backs and Kerwin Bell as the all-conference quarterback.

The last time Auburn had two running backs named first team All-SEC the same season was in 1979 when Joe Cribbs and James Brooks were honored.

"Cadillac" Williams, who has already earned American Football Coaches Association All-America honors, is a repeat All-SEC pick.

Joining Campbell, Williams and Brown on the 2004 All-SEC first team offense is junior tackle Marcus McNeill. Williams was also named the All-SEC kick return specialist.

Marcus McNeill has had a big season as a junior offensive tackle.

The Tigers had three first team selections on defense as cornerback Carlos Rogers, a finalist for the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, was selected along with fellow senior Junior Rosegreen, a safety, and junior middle linebacker Travis Williams.

Senior offensive guard Danny Lindsey and sophomore defensive end Stanley McClover were second team All-SEC selections.

Danny Lindsey has been a major contributor at guard and center for four seasons.

Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges was given the assignment of finding a way to use tailbacks Williams and Brown in the same backfield and he did it nicely with the Tigers running a multiple offensive system that used one back sets, two back sets and three back sets while also using both tailbacks as slot receivers and wide receivers.

Ronnie Brown runs in the championship game victory over Tennessee.

"Carnell and Ronnie are special backs and special players," says Borges, who took over the Auburn offense in spring training and put a team on the field that leads the conference in total offense with 430.8 yards per game. "If there is a better college quarterback anywhere in the country I don't know who it is," Borges adds.

Campbell has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 2,511 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He leads the league with a very high 172.69 passing efficiency rating that is third nationally. The senior was named MVP of the SEC Championship Game as he set a record with 430 yards of total offense vs. Tennessee.

Williams, who rushed for 100 yards in the championship game, has 1,104 rushing yards this season and has 19 catches for 158 yards. He is Auburn's all-time leading scorer with 276 points and has scored 78 points this season. Brown, who has scored 54 points, has rushed for 845 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 313 yards and one more TD.

Carnell Williams has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Auburn's all-star contingent has helped the Tigers to a 12-0 record, which is a school record for single-season victories. Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers will look to extend that to 13 wins when they face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Jan. 3rd at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

"I am proud of our team, especially our seniors, our coaches and our fans," says Tuberville, whose Tigers defeated Tennessee 38-28 on Saturday to claim the SEC championship. "It was a special team when we started the season and it is still a special team," Tuberville says.

Carlos Rogers (14) has been a key member of the Auburn defense with his strong play at cornerback.

Senior guard Lindsey, who also filled in briefly at center in the championship game when Jeremy Ingle re-injured his ankle, agrees with his coach about the 2004 Tigers. "This is a special team," Lindsey says. "It's a great feeling to be 12-0. It's a great feeling to be champions of the SEC."

Georgia had seven players on the first team with LSU next with four, Alabama with three, Florida and Tennessee had two each and Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt had one selection. Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina did not have any first team picks.

The league's 12 coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. There were no unanimous picks this year, SEC officials announced.

Travis Williams led the Tigers in tackles after moving from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker as a junior.

The All-SEC first teams features 18 seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores. On the second-team, there are 12 seniors, 13 juniors, four sophomores and one freshman.

The SEC will announce individual award winners on Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman team is scheduled to be announced on Thursday.

2004 All-SEC Football Team

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Jason Campbell, Auburn, 6-5, 228, Sr., Taylorsville, Miss.

*RB Carnell Williams, Auburn, 5-11, 204 Sr., Attalla, Ala.

*RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn, 6-1, 232, Sr., Cartersville, Ga.

*TE--Leonard Pope, Georgia, 6-7, 253, So., Americus, Ga.

*OL Marcus McNeil, 6-9, 340, Jr., Auburn, Decatur, Ga.

*OL Max Jean-Gilles, Georgia, 6-4, 340, Jr., Miami, Fla.

*OL Mo Mitchell, Florida, 6-7, 370, Sr., Albany, Ga.

*OL Wesley Britt, Alabama, 6-8, 298, Sr., Cullman, Ala.

*OL, Andrew Whitworth, LSU, 6-7 325, Jr. West Monroe, La.

*C Ben Wilkerson, LSU, 6-4, 296, Sr. Hemphill, Tex.

*WR Fred Gibson, Georgia, 6-4, 196, Sr. Waycross, Ga.

WR Reggie Brown, Georgia, 6-1, 195, Sr., Carrollton, Ga.


FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

*P Jared Cook, Miss. State, 5-10, 188, Sr., Columbus, Ga.

*PK Brian Bostick, Alabama, 5-11, 213, Sr., Cullman, Ala.

RS Carnell Williams, Auburn, 5-11, 204 Sr., Attalla, Ala.


Junior Rosegreen holds up four fingers after his fourth interception of the game in Auburn's 34-10 at Tennessee this season.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

*DL, Marcus Spears, LSU, 6-4, 297, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.

*DL, David Pollack, Georgia, 6-3, 276, Sr., Snellville, Ga.

DL Jeb Huckeba, Arkansas, 6-5, 245, Sr., Searcy, Ark.

*LB Travis Williams, Auburn, 6-1, 209, Jr., Columbia, S.C.

*LB Kevin Burnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 235, Sr., Carson, Calif.

LB Cornelius Wortham, Alabama, 6-1, 233, Sr., Calhoun City, Miss.

*LB Channing Crowder, Florida, 6-3, 245, So., Atlanta, Ga. *LB, Moses Osemwegie, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 224, Jr., Nashville, Tenn.

*LB Odell Thurman, Georgia, 6-1, 230, Jr. Monticello, Ga.

*LB Lionel Turner, LSU, 6-2, 260 Sr., Walker, La.

*DB Carlos Rogers, Auburn, 6-1, 194, Sr., Augusta, Ga.

*DB Junior Rosegreen, Auburn, 6-0, 196, Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

*DB Jason Allen, Tennessee, 6-2, 200, Jr., Muscle Shoals, Ala.

*DB Thomas Davis, Georgia, 6-1, 220, Jr., Shellman, Ga.


SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

*TE David Jones, LSU, 6-4, 259, Jr., Silver Springs, Md.

*OL Danny Lindsay, Auburn, 6-3, 302, Sr., Douglas, Ga.

*OL Justin Geisinger, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 330, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa. *OL Evan Mathis, Alabama, 6-5, 296, Sr., Homewood, Ala.

*OL Michael Munoz, Tennessee, 6-6, 315, Sr., Mason, Ohio

*OL Doug Buckles, Ole Miss, 6-5, 305, Sr., Madison, Miss.

*C Mike Degory, Florida, 6-6, 306, Jr., Palm Bay, Fla.

*WR O.J. Small, Florida, 6-1, 226, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

*WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina, 6-2, 200, Jr., Jackson, S.C.

*QB, Matt Jones, Arkansas, 6-6 237, Sr., Fort Smith, Ark.

*QB, David Greene, Georgia, 6-3, 230, Sr., Snellville, Ga.

*RB, Ciatrick Fason, Florida, 6-0, 215, Jr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

*RB, Cedric Houston, Tennessee, 6-0, 220, Sr., Clarendon, Ark.

*RB, Jerious Norwood, Mississippi State, 6-0, 192, Jr., Brandon, Miss.


Stanley "The Predator" McClover has been an impact player in his first season playing for the Tigers.

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

*DL Stanley McClover, Auburn, 6-2, 252, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

*DL Jesse Mahelona, Tennessee, 6-2, 300, Jr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

*DL Claude Wroten, LSU, 6-3, 315, Jr., Bastrop, La.

*DL McKinley Boykin, Ole Miss, 6-2, 285, Jr., Bessemer, Ala. *LB Omar Gaither, Tennessee, 6-2, 225, Jr., Charlotte, N.C. *LB DeMeco Ryans, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr., Bessemer, Ala.

LB Freddie Roach, Alabama, 6-2, 239, Jr. Killen, Ala.

*LB Earl Everett, Florida, 6-2, 224, So., Webster, Fla.

*DB Corey Webster, LSU, 6-0, 201, Sr., Vacherie, La.

*DB Ko Simpson, South Carolina, 6-2, 180, Fr., Rock Hill, S.C.

*DB LaRon Landry, LSU, 6-2, 180, So., Boutte, La.

*DB Roman Harper, Alabama, 6-1, 197, Jr., Prattville, Ala.

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


SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

*P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee, 6-2, 196, Sr., Knoxville, Tenn.

*PK Jonathan Nichols, Ole Miss, 6-0, 180, Sr., Greenwood, Miss.

RS Tyrone Prothro, Alabama, 5-8, 176, So., Heflin, Ala., So.


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