Five Vols All-SEC

Tennessee offensive lineman Arron Sears was one of five Vols named Monday to the Associated Press 2005 All-Southeastern Conference first and second teams. Sears was a first-team choice while Jason Hall, Parys Haralson, Justin Harrell and Kevin Simon were all second-team selections.

A junior from Russellville, Ala., Sears was the Vols' most versatile lineman in 2005 and earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his play against Mississippi. That honor came one week after he played all but the center position in Tennessee's overtime win at LSU.

For the season, Sears made nine starts at left tackle, one at right guard and one at left guard. During his three-year UT career, Sears has made 13 starts at left tackle, six at right tackle, four at right guard and one at left guard. The appearances at guard were the first of his prep or collegiate career.

Hall and Haralson were the league's only pair of defensive end teammates to make either of the AP teams. The senior duo combined for 29.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.

Haralson stands third among both SEC sack (8.5) and TFL (16.5) leaders and finished his UT career with 46.5 TFLs to rank third on the school's all-time list. Hall had his best season as a Vol, compiling a streak of seven sacks during a recent five-game stretch that was the best since Shaun Ellis had seven sacks over the first five games of 1999.

Harrell led all UT linemen with five pass deflections and finished the season with two interceptions, the latter of which he returned for a touchdown in Tennessee's win at Kentucky. The junior defensive tackle had 7.5 tackles for loss. Simon paced the Vols in tackles for the second time in three seasons after missing nearly all of 2004 with a knee injury. The senior linebacker wrapped up his career with 237 total tackles.

Senior tackle Jesse Mahelona earned an honorable mention nod.

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