Four Bulldogs Make AP All-SEC

STARKVILLE, Miss. ­- Four Mississippi State football players were selected to the Associated Press all-Southeastern Conference teams, the national news media wire service announced Tuesday.

MSU senior defensive end Willie Evans (Waynesboro, Miss.) earned first-team honors, while senior halfback Jerious Norwood (Brandon, Miss.) was chosen to the second team. Defensive backs Kevin Dockery, a senior from Hernando, Miss., and Jeramie Johnson, a junior from East Point, Ga., were selected honorable mention.

Evans, a 6-2, 270-pounder, led the SEC in tackles for loss (21) and quarterback sacks (15), and was second among all defensive linemen in total tackles (5.5 per game). He concluded his career with 47.5 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks, the latter figure ranking third all-time at State.

Norwood, a 6-0, 204-pounder, finished third in the league in rushing, averaging 103.3 yards per game. He became MSU's career rushing leader during the 2005 season (3,222 yards) when he gained 1,136 yards. He became just the second back in MSU history to gain more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, and his 13 career games with more than 100 yards rushing are the most ever at the school. Norwood was given the Conerly Award last week as the state of Mississippi's top college football player.

Dockery, a 5-9, 187-pounder, played in 44 games during his State career, earning 38 starts from the middle of his sophomore season through the close of his career. He had 53 tackles during his senior season and tied for fifth in the league with three pass interceptions. Dockery had six career pass thefts.

Johnson, a 5-11, 209-pounder, tied for the league lead in interceptions with four. The safety recorded three of those turnovers in the Bulldogs' season-ending 35-14 win over Ole Miss. He was 10th among SEC defensive backs in total tackles with 64.

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