Faulk, Reed and Toefield named AP All-SEC

Writers for the Associated Press have picked three members of the LSU football team to its first-team All-Southeastern Conference team. Wide receiver Josh Reed was picked to the squad for the second straight year and is joined by running back LaBrandon Toefield and linebacker Trev Faulk. Four more Tigers were picked to the second team and another was given honorable mention.

Reed, who leads the nation with 1,860 receiving yards, was a unanimous choice to the first team. He also led the SEC with 90 receptions and an average of 163.3 all-purpose yards per game.Reed is one of three finalists, with Florida's Jabar Gaffney and Wisconsin's Lee Evans, for the Biletnikoff Award. The winner of the trophy awarded to the nation's top collegiate receiver will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Toefield was the No. 2 rusher in the SEC with 974 yards. He tied a league record with 19 rushing touchdowns in a single season, matching the marks of Garrison Heart of Georgia (1992) and Alabama's Shaun Alexander (1999).

Faulk, a second-team All-SEC pick of the AP last season, led the Tigers with 115 total tackles, including five stops behind the line and two sacks.

Making the second team were quarterback Rohan Davey, tight end Robert Royal and all-purpose player Domanick Davis on offense and defensive back Damien James on defense. Royal was a first-team AP All-SEC selection last year, while Davey, Davis and James were all recognized for the first time.

Linebacker Bradie James was an honorable mention selection.

Florida led the SEC with eight players on the first team and swept the Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Quarterback Rex Grossman was given the offensive honor while defensive end Alex Brown claimed it on defense.

Grossman was given the honor after completing close to 66 percent of his passes for 3,896 yards and 34 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. The sophomore is one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy with fellow quarterbacks Eric Crouch of Nebraska, Ken Dorsey of Miami and Joey Harrington of Oregon.

Brown was a key player on the Florida defense that led the SEC in points (14.4) and yards (290.2) allowed per game. He was third in the league with nine sacks.

Florida's unanimous picks were Grossman and Gaffney. They were joined on the first team by teammates Brown, cornerback Lito Sheppard, safety Todd Johnson, linebacker Andra Davis, offensive tackle Mike Pearson and kicker Jeff Chandler.

Gaffney, Sheppard and Johnson were first-teamers for the second year in a row.

Gaffney, in fact, has been named on all ballots in each of his first two seasons for the Gators. The freshman of the year in 2000, he had 67 receptions for 1,191 yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Brown and Chandler were on the first team in 1999, dropped to the second team last year and rejoined the elite group this season

Tennessee, which needs to beat LSU to clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl and play for the national title against top-ranked Miami, placed running back Travis Stephens, offensive guard Fred Weary and defensive tackle John Henderson on the first team.

Stephens was a unanimous choice after rushing for 1,427 yards -- 453 more than anyone else in the SEC. Henderson, the defensive player of the year in 2000, repeated as a first-teamer.

Toefield, a sophomore, tied an SEC record with 19 rushing touchdowns.

Georgia (8-3), which had surprising success under first-year coach Mark Richt, landed cornerback Tim Wansley, offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb and tight end Randy McMichael on the first team.

Kentucky, despite a dismal 2-9 record, also had three first-teamers: defensive end Dennis Johnson, returner Derek Abney and punter Glenn Pakulak.

The rest of the first team included linebacker Jermaine Petty and safety Ken Hamlin of Arkansas, defensive end Jarret Johnson and center Alonzo Ephraim, of Alabama, offensive tackle Kendall Simmons of Auburn, offensive tackle Terrence Metcalf of Mississippi, linebacker Kalimba Edwards of South Carolina and safety Pig Prather of Mississippi State.

Edwards and Prather also made the first team in 2000.

Vanderbilt (2-9), the only school to go winless in the league, also was the lone school excluded from the first team. The Commodores did have a second-teamer, receiver Dan Stricker.

Three players -- Tennessee defensive end Will Overstreet, Mississippi State linebacker Mario Haggan and Auburn punter Damon Duval -- slipped from first to second team. Duval also made the second team as a kicker. Kentucky tight end Derek Smith and Tennessee kicker Alex Walls dropped from first-teamers to honorable mention.

Arkansas' Houston Nutt was named Coach of the Year after leading the Razorbacks to five straight wins after a 1-3 start to the season. He will take the Hogs to thier third straight bowl in as many years as the head coach in Fayetteville.

Quarterback David Greene of Georgia was selected Freshman of the Year after setting a school record with 2,789 passing yards as a freshman. His numbers included 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The AP All-SEC team, first released in 1933, is chosen by a panel of sportswriters from all nine states.

The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team as selected by a regional media panel, with position, name, height, weight, class and school. Unanimous selections are noted with (u).

FIRST TEAM

Offense
WR-Jabar Gaffney, 6-1, 202, So., Florida (u)
WR-Josh Reed, 5-11, 205, Jr., LSU (u)
L-Mike Pearson, 6-7, 292, Jr., Florida
L-Kendall Simmons, 6-3, 314, Sr., Auburn
L-Terrence Metcalf, 6-4, 315, Sr., Mississippi
L-Fred Weary, 6-4, 301, Sr., Tennessee
L-Jon Stinchcomb, 6-6, 278, Jr., Georgia
C-Alonzo Ephraim, 6-4, 292, Jr., Alabama
TE-Randy McMichael, 6-4, 228, Jr., Georgia
QB-Rex Grossman, 6-1, 218., So., Florida (u)
RB-LaBrandon Toefield, 6-0, 224, So., LSU (u)
RB-Travis Stephens, 5-9, 190, Sr., Tennessee (u)
PK-Jeff Chandler, 6-2, 215, Sr., Florida
All-Purpose-Derek Abney, 5-10, 180, So., Kentucky

Defense
E-Alex Brown, 6-3, 264, Sr., Florida
E-Dennis Johnson, 6-7, 261, Jr., Kentucky
T-John Henderson, 6-7, 290, Sr., Tennessee
T-Jarret Johnson, 6-4, 274, Jr., Alabama
LB-Jermaine Petty, 6-2, 257, Sr., Arkansas
LB-Trev Faulk, 6-3, 225, Jr., LSU
LB-Kalimba Edwards, 6-6, 262, Sr., South Carolina
LB-Andra Davis, 6-1, 254, Sr., Florida
CB-Lito Sheppard, 5-10, 189, So., Florida
CB-Tim Wansley, 5-9, 172, Sr., Georgia
S-Pig Prather, 6-2, 186, Sr., Mississippi State
S-Todd Johnson, 6-1, 194, Jr., Florida
S-Ken Hamlin, 6-2, 193, So., Arkansas
P-Glenn Pakulak, 6-2, 228, Jr., Kentucky

SECOND TEAM

Offense
WR-Reche Caldwell, 6-0, 198, Jr., Florida
WR-Dan Stricker, 6-3, 201, Jr., Vanderbilt
L-Melvin Paige, 6-5, 300, Sr., South Carolina
L-Zac Zedalis, 6-3, 280, St., Florida
L-Shawn Andrews, 6-6, 330, Fr., Arkansas
L-Kenny Sandlin, 6-3, 319, Sr., Alabama
C-Ben Claxton, 6-3, 288, Jr., Mississippi
C-Curt McGill, 6-4, 274, Sr., Georgia
TE-Robert Royal, 6-5, 231, Sr., LSU
TE-Doug Zeigler, 6-41/2, 254, Jr., Mississippi
QB-Rohan Davey, 6-3, 235, Sr., LSU
RB-Joe Gunn, 5-10, 200, Sr., Mississippi
RB-Earnest Graham, 5-9, 220, Jr., Florida
PK-Damon Duval, 6-1, 186, Jr., Auburn
All-Purpose-Domanick Davis, 5-10, 206, Jr., LSU

Defense
E-Will Overstreet, 6-4, 260, Sr., Tennessee
E-Charles Grant, 6-4, 267, Jr., Georgia
E-Carlos Hall, 6-4, 261, Sr., Arkansas
T-Albert Haynesworth, 6-6, 310, Jr., Tennessee
T-Ian Scott, 6-2, 304, So., Florida
LB-Saleem Rasheed, 6-3, 223, Jr., Alabama
LB-Tony Bua, 5-11, 212, So., Arkansas
LB-Mario Haggan, 6-3, 253, Jr., Mississippi St.
DB-Damien James, 5-11, 191, Jr., LSU
CB-Sheldon Brown, 5-10, 192, Sr., South Carolina
CB-Syniker Taylor, 6-01/2, 219, Sr., Mississippi
S-Rashad Faison, 5-9, 188, Jr., South Carolina
S-Josh Morgan, 6-1, 194, Jr., Mississippi St.
P-Damon Duval, 6-1, 186, Jr., Auburn

HONORABLE MENTION

Offense
Larrell Johnson, C, 6-1, 300, Sr., South Carolina; Derek Smith, TE, 6-6, 266, Jr., Kentucky; Alex Walls, PK, 6-1, 175, Jr., Tennessee; Fred Gibson, WR, 6-4, 180, Fr., Georgia; Jason Armstead, All-Purpose, 5-9, 160, Jr., Mississippi.

Defense
Dorsett Davis, T, 6-6, 303, Sr., Mississippi St.; Kenny King, T, 6-5, 277, Jr., Alabama; Tony Gilbert, LB, 6-1, 246, Jr., Georgia; Bradie James, LB, 6-3, 228, So., LSU, Dontarrious Thomas, LB, 6-4, 220, Sr., Auburn; Andre Goodman, CB, 5-10, 188, Sr., South Carolina; Jermaine Phillips, S, 6-2, 211, Sr., Georgia, Richie Butler, P, 6-1, 22, Jr., Arkansas; Jonathan Kilgo, P, 6-2, 198, Jr., Georgia.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year - Rex Grossman, Florida
Defensive Player of the Year - Alex Brown, Florida
Freshman of the Year - David Greene, Georgia
Coach of the Year - Houston Nutt, Arkansas


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