Coleman, Others Make All-SEC Teams

Antonio Coleman is a first team AP All-SEC pick and four other Tigers were honored.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior defensive end Antonio Coleman was named a first team AP All-SEC selection and three of his Auburn teammates were selected to the second team that was announced on Monday.

Tailback Ben Tate, center Ryan Pugh and cornerback Walter McFadden are second team selections and junior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba received honorable mention.

Coleman is a repeat selection from his junior season. He leads the SEC in sacks this season with nine despite playing most of the season with a cast on his arm. He has 23 1/2 career sacks, which is third in Auburn history with a bowl game left to play on New Year's Day vs. Northwestern in Tampa.

Coleman also leads the SEC in tackles for losses with 15 1/2 and has been in on 45 tackles this season. He scored a touchdown on an interception return vs. Mississippi State, blocked a kick, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble as a senior. The end was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice this year.

Tate has rushed for 104.5 yards per game this season and has 1,254 this season, which ranks him eighth on the Auburn single-season list. The senior has six 100-yard rushing games this season

Pugh, a senior, has started every game for the Tigers this season at center after splitting his time last year between center and tackle. He has won praise for his play from offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

McFadden has four interceptions to lead the Tigers, which ties him for fifth in the SEC. He returned an interception 29 yards for a TD vs. Ole Miss.


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