Three Tennessee players honored on All-SEC team

The Tennessee Volunteers did not appear on the All-SEC team in mass number as they have in past years, but there were still a few names that were honored as first teamers.

Tight end Jason Witten, strong safety/cornerback Julian Battle and free safety Rashad Baker earned first-team honors, while linebacker Eddie Moore and offensive tackle Will Ofenheusle were named to the second team. The SEC office conducted the voting and the conference head coaches were the voters. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Georgia defensive end David Pollack was named as the conference's player of the year. Vanderbilt running back/return specialist Kwane Doster received the honor of SEC Freshman of the Year. Arkansas offensive tackle Shawn Andrews was named as the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Georgia coach Mark Richt, fresh off a 30-3 whipping of Arkansas in the SEC championship game, was voted as the Coach of the Year in the SEC.

Pollack received five of a possible 11 ballots. The sophomore from Snellville, Ga. leads the SEC in sacks with 13 for -83 yards, which tied the Georgia single-season record for sacks. He also leads the league in tackles for losses with 22 for -111 yards. For the season, Pollack has 97 total tackles (55 solos) with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also leads the SEC in quarterback pressures, accumulating 34 in 13 games.

Doster also received five of a possible 11 ballots. The Tampa, Fla., native, led the Commodores and all SEC freshmen in rushing, with 798 yards on 160 carries and three touchdowns. Doster was also third in the SEC and 17th in the nation in kickoff return average with 25.7 yards per return in 24 attempts. He was fourth in the SEC in all-purpose rushing with 1,523 total yards, an average of 138.5 yards per game.

Andrews was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the league's top blocker, which is also voted on by the SEC's coaches. The sophomore from Camden, Ark., was a key performer for the Razorbacks, who finished as co-champions of the Western Division and were the divisional representatives to the SEC Championship Game and have a 9-4 overall and 5-3 SEC record. Andrews is thought by most in the conference to be the best lineman in the league and possibly the country. He is seriously considering entering the NFL Draft following the Hogs trip to the Music City Bowl.

Richt was named the SEC Coach of the Year by his peers. Richt directed the Bulldogs to an 12-1 overall and 7-1 SEC record. The Bulldogs captured their first SEC Championship since 1982 and will play Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

While the All-SEC squad had 17 first-team seniors, 13 were underclassmen, including nine juniors and four sophomores. Including the second-team, 15 seniors were selected, 11 juniors and four sophomores.

Georgia led all SEC teams with six players on the first-team followed by Alabama and Kentucky with four. 10 of the 12 SEC teams had a representative on the first-team All-SEC squad. All 12 SEC teams are represented on either the first or second teams.

Georgia, with five players on the second unit, had the most players on the squad with 11. LSU had eight players on both units, inclduing three on the first team and five on the second team.

LSU linebacker Bradie James was the only repeat first-team selection from last year's squad and there were no unanimous selections this year.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE Jason Witten Tennessee 6-5 265 Jr. Elizabethton, Tenn.
OL Shawn Andrews Arkansas 6-5 330 So. Camden, Ark.
OL Jon Stinchcomb Georgia 6-6 297 Sr. Lilburn, Ga.
OL Antonio Hall Kentucky 6-5 299 Jr. Canton, Ohio
OL Stephen Peterman LSU 6-4 325 Jr. Waveland, Miss.
OL Marico Portis Alabama 6-3 312 Sr. Prichard, Ala.
OL Wesley Britt Alabama 6-8 312 So. Cullman, Ala.
C Ben Nowland Auburn 6-3 294 Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
WR Taylor Jacobs Florida 6-0 200 Sr. Monticello, Fla.
WR Terrence Edwards Georgia 6-0 171 Sr. Tennille, Ga.
QB David Greene Georgia 6-3 227 So. Snellville, Ga.
RB Artose Pinner Kentucky 5-11 219 Sr. Hopkinsville, Ky.
RB Fred Talley Arkansas 5-9 188 Sr. Longview, Texas

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE Aaron Walker Florida 6-6 261 Sr. Mims, Fla.
OL Kevin Breedlove Georgia 6-2 300 Sr. Clemson, S.C.
OL Shannon Snell Florida 6-5 312 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
OL Justin Smiley Alabama 6-4 296 So. Ellabell, Ga.
OL Will Ofenheusle Tennessee 6-8 305 Sr. Martin, Tenn.
C Ben Claxton Ole Miss 6-3 302 Sr. Dublin, Ga.
WR Michael Clayton LSU 6-4 192 So. Baton Rouge, La.
WR Dan Stricker Vanderbilt 6-3 201 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
QB Rex Grossman Florida 6-1 215 Jr. Bloomington, Ind.
QB Jared Lorenzen Kentucky 6-4 275 Jr. Ft. Thomas, Ky.
RB Musa Smith Georgia 6-2 226 Jr. Elliottsburg, Pa.
RB Domanick Davis LSU 5-10 215 Sr. Breaux Bridge, La.
RB Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 217 So. Cartersville, Ga.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL David Pollack Georgia 6-3 264 So. Snellville, Ga.
DL Kindal Moorehead Alabama 6-4 305 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
DL Kenny King Alabama 6-5 277 Sr. Daphne, Ala.
OLB Boss Bailey Georgia 6-3 229 Sr. Folkston, Ga.
OLB Karlos Dansby Auburn 6-5 221 Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
ILB Bradie James LSU 6-3 248 Sr. West Monroe, La.
ILB Eddie Strong Ole Miss 6-4 245 Sr. Batesville, Miss.
ILB Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt 6-4 241 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
DB Ken Hamlin Arkansas 6-2 205 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
DB Corey Webster LSU 6-0 197 Jr. Vacherie, La.
DB Travaris Robinson Auburn 5-10 193 Sr. Miami, Fla.
DB Matt Grier Ole Miss 6-1 190 Sr. Smithville, Miss.
DB Julian Battle Tennessee 6-3 205 Sr. Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
DB Rashad Baker Tennessee 5-11 185 Jr. Camden, N.J.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL Jarret Johnson Alabama 6-4 287 Sr. Chiefland, Fla.
DL Johnathan Sullivan Georgia 6-3 299 Jr. Griffin, Ga.
DL Langston Moore South Carolina 6-2 290 Sr. Charleston, S.C.
DL Dewayne Robertson Kentucky 6-3 311 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
OLB Tony Bua Arkansas 5-11 218 Jr. River Ridge, La.
OLB Eddie Moore Tennessee 6-0 220 Sr. South Pittsburg, Tenn.
ILB Mark Brown Auburn 6-2 240 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.
ILB Tony Gilbert Georgia 6-1 244 Sr. Macon, Ga.
ILB Mario Haggan Miss. State 6-3 253 Sr. Clarksdale, Miss.
DB Todd Johnson Florida 6-1 201 Sr. Sarasota, Fla.
DB Keiwan Ratliff Florida 5-11 182 Jr. Columbus, Ohio
DB Kentrell Curry Georgia 6-2 198 Jr. Toccoa, Ga.
DB Ahmad Carroll Arkansas 5-11 190 So. Atlanta, Ga.
DB Gerald Dixon Alabama 5-10 192 Sr. Burtonsville, Md.
DB Guss Scott Florida 5-10 200 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
P Glenn Pakulak Kentucky 6-3 223 Sr. Lapeer, Mich.
PK Billy Bennett Georgia 5-8 168 Jr. Athens, Ga.
RS Derek Abney Kentucky 5-10 175 Jr. Mosinee, Wisc.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
P Donnie Jones LSU 6-3 217 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
PK John Corbello LSU 5-11 225 Sr. Lafayette, La.
RS Domanick Davis LSU 5-10 215 Sr. Breaux Bridge, La.

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - Mark Richt, Georgia
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - David Pollack, DE, Georgia
JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY - Shawn Andrews, OT, Arkansas


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