Six Tigers Earn Coaches' All-SEC Honors

Auburn had six players named All-SEC by the league's coaches on Tuesday.

Birmingham, Ala.—-A strong 9-2 season and a Top 10 finish didn't equate to much love off the field for the Auburn Tigers as just six players received postseason recognition from the league's coaches on Tuesday.

As expected Marcus McNeill, Kenny Irons and Kody Bliss were all named first-team All-SEC selections, but just Timmy Duckworth, Travis Williams and Will Herring earned second-team honors as Georgia's nine players led the way in the conference.

A 6-9, 338-pounder that is expected to be one of the top offensive linemen taken in this year's NFL Draft, McNeill repeats as a first-team selection as he helped the Tigers lead the SEC in scoring (34.2 points per game) and total offense (425.6 yards per game) in addition to third-down conversions (47.9 percent) and sacks allowed (17). McNeill, one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, has played 41 consecutive games, including 38 starts, without allowing a quarterback sack.

McNeill has been a starter since his freshman season for the Tigers.

He was named the Coaches' Offensive Player of the Week for his performance during Auburn's 48-7 victory over South Carolina Oct. 1, and was part of the offensive line unit that was named the Coaches' Offensive Player of the Week following a 34-17 victory at Arkansas Oct. 15. McNeill was one of just three players that were unanimous choices for the team along with Georgia offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles and LSU offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth.

In his first season at Auburn after transferring from South Carolina, Irons burst onto the scene by leading the SEC in rushing, averaging 109.5 yards per game. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight of his last nine contests, averaging 130.1 yards per game with 13 touchdowns during that stretch. Irons, who ranks tied for ninth on Auburn's single-season rushing chart with 1,205 yards, posted a career-best 218 yards on the ground Oct. 22 at LSU, which is the 14th-best single-game total in Auburn history.

His eight 100-yard rushing games this season are tied for second best in a single season in Auburn history, while his current streak of six consecutive 100-yard games is second in school history and just one short of Joe Cribbs' school-record of seven.

Kody Bliss

A junior from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Bliss leads the SEC in punting, averaging 44.8 yards per punt. Ten of his 38 punts have covered 50 or more yards, while he has placed 11 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He booted a career-best 63-yard punt Oct. 22 at LSU.

A first-year starter on Auburn's offensive line after moving over from defense following his freshman season, Duckworth has been instrumental in Auburn's offensive success, grading out at 101 percent during Auburn's 31-30 win at Georgia Nov. 12 and 99 percent during a 34-17 victory at Arkansas Oct. 15. Duckworth had 22.5 pancake blocks through the team's first 10 games and was part of the offensive line unit that was named the Coaches' Offensive Player of the Week for the Arkansas game.

Tim Duckworth

Auburn's defensive leader and a senior from Columbia, S.C., Williams' 62 tackles ranks second on Auburn this season, and he has added 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and an interception. He had a team-high 11 tackles Oct. 1 against South Carolina, and matched that total during Auburn's Iron Bowl victory over Alabama, while also posting 1.5 sacks. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the South Carolina game.

Travis Williams A junior from Opelika, Herring, has started a team-best 35 straight games during career and leads Auburn with 64 tackles this season. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following a 28-0 victory over Mississippi State Sept. 10, when he had five tackles including half a sack and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. He was named the Coaches' Defensive Player of the Week after tying for the team lead with seven tackles at Arkansas, had a career-best 13 tackles in the season opener Sept. 3 vs. Georgia Tech and tallied nine stops Nov. 5 at Kentucky.

Will Herring

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.

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.

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.< br> #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.

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.

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.

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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