December 10, 2009

Rivals.com 2009 All-SEC team

The SEC might not have been as good as it has been in recent seasons, but the league had great parity - and a lot of great players.

Twenty of the 56 players on the Rivals.com All-SEC team are from Alabama and Florida, teams that ran away with their respective division titles. Eight of the nine Alabama players are on the first team.

Every team in the league has at least one representative.

ALL-SEC FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
PARTICULARS: 6-3/240, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) Nease
BUZZ: His stats weren't as gaudy as in the past two seasons, but he still had a solid season and was the unquestioned emotional leader of a team that spent the bulk of the season at No. 1.
PARTICULARS: 6-1/235, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Terry (Miss.) High
BUZZ: Dixon proved to be a good fit in new coach Dan Mullen's version of the spread. He led the league in rushing yards per game at 126.5 and became the Bulldogs' leading career rusher.
PARTICULARS: 5-10/215, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy
BUZZ: A Heisman finalist, Ingram was the focal point of the Tide's offense. He's not only a tough between-the-tackles runner but also has good top-end speed.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/207, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Summerville (S.C.) High
BUZZ: Green again showed why he was one of the nation's top high school receivers in 2007. He made numerous acrobatic catches and was as dangerous on a short slant route as he was on a deep pattern.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/207, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Morton (Miss.) High
BUZZ: Hodge emerged as the Rebels' go-to guy this season. He led the league in receptions with 63 - the only league player with more than 60 - and was the only league player with more than 1,000 receiving yards.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/250, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bristol (Conn.) High
BUZZ: Florida had an inexperienced receiving corps, and Hernandez finished the regular season as the Gators' leading receiver, with 59 receptions. He also can be a devastating blocker.
PARTICULARS: 6-5/300, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hephzibah (Ga.) High
BUZZ: Carpenter, a junior college transfer, earned the starting left tackle job in spring ball and played consistently throughout the season. His performance is one reason Alabama ran so well.
PARTICULARS: 6-6/335, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Batesville (Miss.) South Panola
BUZZ: He was a big part - literally and figuratively - of Ole Miss' offensive success this season. He was a road-grader at right tackle.
PARTICULARS: 6-5/303, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Pensacola (Fla.) Pine Forest
BUZZ: Johnson may have been the league's best lineman this season. He was one of just two returning starters on the line for the Tide, who ran better this season than they did last season.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/315, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Carlisle (Ark.) High
BUZZ: Petrus, who also has played fullback and tight end for the Hogs, missed last season but quickly returned to his 2007 form, when he was a second-team All-SEC pick.
PARTICULARS: 6-5/310, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakeland (Fla.) High
BUZZ: His play helped Florida lead the league in rushing. The Gators love the read option, and one reason is that Pouncey almost always clears his man out of the way in the middle.
DEFENSE
PARTICULARS: 6-3/261, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mobile (Ala.) Williamson
BUZZ: Coleman leads the league in sacks with nine and in tackles for loss with 15.5. He adjusted well to a new defensive coordinator.
PARTICULARS: 6-5/354, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Myers (Fla.) Riverdale
BUZZ: Cody doesn't have big tackle numbers, but he's still a force in the middle of the line. He requires almost a constant double-team, and his size and strength are effective at making opponents shy away from running up the middle.
PARTICULARS: 6-6/290, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester
BUZZ: He's another who requires a lot of double-teams. Despite his size, Dunlap is quick off the edge. He also is adept at getting his hands up and redirecting passes.
PARTICULARS: 5-11/222, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood
BUZZ: He's small but makes a big impact. He leads the league in tackles with 122 and always seems to be around the ball.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/258, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Decatur (Ala.) High
BUZZ: He's the physical and emotional leader of a Tide defense that will be expected to control the BCS national championship showdown with Texas. McClain is a solid run-stopper, and he also has the speed and skills to be effective in coverage.
PARTICULARS: 6-1/220, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Washington (D.C.) St. John's
BUZZ: McCoy thrived under new coordinator Monte Kiffin. He is third in the league with 112 tackles and forced a league-high five fumbles.
PARTICULARS: 6-1/252, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Acworth (Ga.) North Cobb
BUZZ: Seeing Norwood coming off the edge is a vision that haunts quarterbacks and offensive tackles. He is tied for third in the league with seven sacks and has 11.5 tackles for loss.
PARTICULARS: 5-9/195, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa (Fla.) Robinson
BUZZ: Previously known mostly for his return skills, Arenas flashed big-time skills as a corner this season. He's not the tallest corner, but he is thick and physical and obviously has good quickness.
PARTICULARS: 5-11/190, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly
BUZZ: He may have been the nation's best corner this season. He is adept at bump-and-run coverage, understands the nuances of playing zone and is a big-time hitter in run support. When the Gators played man-to-man, Haden almost always found himself locked up against the other team's best receiver.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/231, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab
BUZZ: Jones is a big guy who can run - and he packs a wallop when he arrives. He has better speed than you'd expect from a 231-pounder.
PARTICULARS: 5-11/203, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside
BUZZ: Berry was one of the most highly hyped defenders going into the season, and though he doesn't have great interception numbers this season, he still played superb football. He's a solid in-the-box run defender, and numerous pro scouts say his coverage skills are so good that his best position in the NFL will be cornerback.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PARTICULARS: 6-2/212, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High
BUZZ: Tiffin was a busy guy this season, booting a league-high 29 field goals and 40 extra points.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/203, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
BUZZ: Butler, whose dad, Kevin, was a longtime NFL kicker, led the nation in punting with a 48.8-yard average. His long was 75 and he had just three touchbacks. He also had great hang time, which enabled the Bulldogs to also lead the nation in net punting at 42.8 yards per boot.
PARTICULARS: 5-10/188, Fr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Chamblee (Ga.) High
BUZZ: Norman was a big-play guy for a Vandy offense that needed all the help it could get. Norman ran for 783 yards, but his big impact came as a kick returner; he averaged 26.3 yards per return and took three back for touchdowns. He had 1,941 all-purpose yards, breaking a 29-year-old SEC freshman record set by Georgia's Herschel Walker.
PARTICULARS: 5-9/195, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa (Fla.) Robinson
BUZZ: Arenas was second in the league in punt returns and first in kick returns, as well as playing well at cornerback. He was No. 2 in the league in number of punt returns with 29 and returned one for a touchdown.
ALL-SEC SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE
PARTICULARS: 6-7/238, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Texarkana (Texas) Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-0/215, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: New Bern (N.C.) High
PARTICULARS: 5-9/170, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Largo (Fla.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-3/185, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison
PARTICULARS: 5-11/188, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Alcoa (Tenn.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-3/206, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Houston Lamar
PARTICULARS: 6-5/325, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tyler (Texas) Lee
PARTICULARS: 6-6/305, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Caledonia (Miss.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-3/311, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
PARTICULARS: 6-5/315, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakeland (Fla.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-3/300, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa Catholic
DEFENSE
PARTICULARS: 6-3/257, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
PARTICULARS: 6-3/327, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Memphis (Tenn.) East
PARTICULARS: 6-4/249, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cheraw (S.C.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-3/248, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hartwell (Ga.) Hart County
PARTICULARS: 6-3/239, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
PARTICULARS: 6-4/255, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Shelby (N.C.) Crest
PARTICULARS: 6-2/235, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast
PARTICULARS: 6-2/205, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Pompano Beach (Fla.) High
PARTICULARS: 6-1/211, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
PARTICULARS: 6-1/195, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: New Orleans Walker
PARTICULARS: 6-2/215, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's
SPECIAL TEAMS
PARTICULARS: 5-10/185, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons
PARTICULARS: 6-4/222, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dallas (Ga.) Paulding County
PARTICULARS: 5-7/185, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Augustine (Fla.) High
PARTICULARS: 5-5/161, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Zachary (La.) Northeast

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.




 

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