In nationwide voting by fans, Irons received 46 percent of the vote. Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk was second with 33 percent. Miami quarterback Kyle Wright was third with 18 percent and UCLA quarterback Drew Olson received 13 percent of the vote.
Irons and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley are the only SEC players who have won the award this year. Kenny Irons and his brother David Irons are both starters for the Tigers. David is a senior cornerback.
Irons leads the SEC in rushing this year with 1,102 yards. He and his Tigers will wrap up the regular season on Saturday vs. visiting Alabama. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium.