The Tigers were represented well on the first-team with four selections. Seniors Tim Duckworth and Kenny Irons represented Auburn on the offense's first team, while junior Quentin Groves was selected to the first team defense and senior John Vaughn made the first team as a kicker. The second team included Auburn seniors Ben Grubbs, Will Herring, David Irons and Kody Bliss.
Duckworth, an offensive guard from Taylorsville, Miss., was honored with a first-team all-conference selection for the first time in his career. He was named to the Associated Press All-SEC second team Monday and earned second-team honors by the coaches and media last season. Duckworth played in and started 11 games this season, and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after Auburn's 24-17 victory at South Carolina Sept. 28.
Duckworth lifts Irons into the air following his touchdown against Alabama.
Irons earned first-team All-SEC honors at running back from the coaches for the second straight season after ranking third in the SEC, averaging 82.1 yards per game. Irons, a Dacula, Ga., native, was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following Auburn's 40-14 season-opening victory over Washington State after rushing for 183 yards and a touchdown and adding 40 yards receiving. He totaled 821 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 10 games this season, including 100-yard rushing games against Washington State, South Carolina and Ole Miss.
Groves, a defensive end from Greenville, Miss., ranks second in the SEC and 16th nationally with 9.5 quarterback sacks, and leads the Tigers with 12 tackles for loss. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week following Auburn's 27-17 victory over No. 2 Florida Oct. 14 after recording three second-half sacks. He had two sacks that resulted in fumbles recovered by Auburn during the Tigers' 22-15 win at Alabama Nov. 18, earning him SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Groves, who was also named to the AP All-SEC first team, has 37 tackles this season and team highs of seven quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.
Groves is only three sacks away from Auburn's all-time career record.
Vaughn, a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, leads the SEC and ranks tied for fifth nationally with 19 field goals made this season, and ranks third in the SEC in scoring (7.4 points per game). Vaughn, a Brentwood, Tenn., native, has twice made four field goals in a game this season (Sept. 2 vs. Washington State and Oct. 14 vs. Florida). He has two field goals this year of more than 50 yards and broke Auburn's career scoring record, now with 307 points, which ranks 13th in SEC history. Vaughn was also named to the AP All-SEC first team Monday.
Ben Grubbs was named a first-team All-SEC performer by the AP on Monday.
Grubbs earned second-team All-SEC honors from the coaches after being named to the first team by the AP Monday. He started all 12 games this season and has started each of the last 37 games over the past three seasons. Grubbs, a native of Eclectic, Ala., was the only player in the SEC to be named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season, earning the honor following Auburn's 34-0 win at Mississippi State Sept. 9 and a 27-0 win over Arkansas State Nov. 4.
Herring, an Opelika, Ala., native, leads the Auburn defense with 65 tackles this season, including 38 solo stops. Herring, who set an Auburn record by starting in 48 straight games entering the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, is in his first season at linebacker after starting the last three seasons at safety. Herring totaled 7.5 tackles for loss during the regular season, tied for the team lead with two interceptions, and had two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Will Herring made the move to linebacker this season from safety.
A senior who came back for his sixth season of eligibility, Irons posted 39 tackles, and finished tied for fourth in the SEC with 13 passes defended, two of which were interceptions. He is expected to be one of the Auburn players selected in next year's NFL Draft and is thought of as one of the best man-to-man cover guys in the SEC this season.
Bliss, who was also named to the All-SEC second team by the AP, punted 41 times for a career-best average of 46.1 yards, which would rank third in the nation if he were not four punts shy of qualifying. Seventeen of Bliss' punts traveled more than 50 yards, and he pinned opponents inside their 20-yard-line 12 times this season. Bliss, a native of Brentwood, Tenn., booted a career-long 71-yard-punt during Auburn's 38-13 victory over Tulane Oct. 21, which is tied for third longest in school history.
No. 10 Auburn will battle No. 22 Nebraska Jan. 1 in the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. The game kicks off at 10:40 a.m. CT at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and will air live on FOX.