Stricker, Green, Thomas All-SEC 2nd Team

Nashville, Tenn. - Three Vanderbilt players - wide receiver Dan Stricker, running back Lew Thomas and offensive tackle Pat Green - were named by Southeastern Conference coaches to the All-SEC Second Team Wednesday.

For the first time since 1994, the Commodore defensive player failed to receive All-SEC recognition.

Stricker, a junior co-captain and two-year starter, also was selected to the Associated Press All-SEC second team that was released earlier in the week.

Stricker, working in tandem with record-breaking quarterback Greg Zolman, established career highs in catches and receiving yardage for the Commodores. He ended the season with 65 catches for 1,079 yards, becoming just the third Vanderbilt receiver to surpass the 1,000-yard barrier. He finished the year third among SEC receivers in yardage and fourth in catches.

Thomas, a senior, topped the Commodores with 675 yards rushing despite missing the last four games due to a foot injury suffered against Duke. He finished the year as the SEC leader with a per carry average of 6.4 yards, and was sixth in rushing yardage. Prior to the injury, he was on pace to break the Vanderbilt single season rushing record of 1,103 by Corey Harris in 1991.

Green,a massive 6-7, 340-pound tackle, protected Zolman's blind side. He allowed just one sack this year, and two during his career. He becomes only the third Vanderbilt offensive lineman, joining Brian Gruber (2000) and Will Wilford (1985), to receive All-SEC recognition.


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