Four Vols named to All-SEC team
Four Tennessee football players were named to the Associated Press All-SEC Team Monday.
Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson was named to the First Team while offensive linemen Ja’Wuan James and Antonio Richardson earned second team honors. Michael Palardy was named All-SEC honorable mention punter.
Auburn running back Tre Mason is the offensive player of the year, while Gus Malzahn claimed the coaching award on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.
The Tigers were rewarded on the team announced Monday after going from worst to first. Mason was a unanimous choice at running back and overwhelming pick as the top offensive player for leading the SEC with 1,621 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. That includes a record 304-yard performance against Missouri in the league championship game.
Malzahn coached Auburn (12-1) to one of the great turnarounds in college football history. After going 3-9 a year ago, the Tigers will meet Florida State in the BCS championship game.
Missouri's Michael Sam is defensive player of the year. Alex Collins of Arkansas was named top freshman.
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