Rivals.com College Football Staff Writer
Arkansas and LSU needed three overtime periods to settle things on the field last week. When it came time to decide which team should have the most all-conference players, they finished in a dead heat. LSU, Arkansas and Florida led all schools with seven selections each on the Rivals.com all-Southeastern Conference teams.
The LSU contingent features SEC defensive player of the year Glenn Dorsey, who collected six sacks and 11½ tackles for loss this season. He is a finalist for the Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Ronnie Lott Award.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is the Rivals.com SEC offensive player of the year. Tebow has accounted for 51 touchdowns while becoming the first Division I-A player to have 20 touchdown runs and 20 touchdown passes in the same season.
Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom earned SEC coach of the year honors after leading the Bulldogs to a 7-5 record that made them bowl eligible for the first time since 2000.
Rivals.com 2007 All-SEC First Team
QB Tim Tebow, Florida, Soph., 6-3/235 HIGH SCHOOL: Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) Nease BUZZ: Tebow is the first I-A player to have 20 rushing touchdowns and 20 TD passes in the same season. He has accounted for 51 touchdowns, the most by an SEC player in a season. Tebow has thrown for 3,132 yards and has rushed for 838 yards.
RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas, Jr., 6-2/215 HIGH SCHOOL: North Little Rock (Ark.) Oak Grove BUZZ: The 2006 Heisman runner-up tied an SEC record with 321 yards rushing vs. South Carolina. He and Herschel Walker are the only SEC players to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. McFadden averages 155.2 all-purpose yards per game.
RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, Fr. (RS), 5-11/207 HIGH SCHOOL: Belford (N.J.) Middletown South BUZZ: Herschel Walker is the only Bulldog to rush for more yards as a freshman than Moreno, who has gained 1,273 yards on 239 carries. Moreno also is the first Georgia player since Walker to rush for 100 yards in five consecutive games.
WR DJ Hall, Alabama, Sr., 6-2/195 HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee BUZZ: Hall is Alabama's career leader in catches (190) and receiving yards (2,865). He leads the SEC with 83.5 receiving yards per game this season and has caught 63 passes for 947 yards. He is 109 yards from his single-season school receiving record.
WR Percy Harvin, Florida, Soph., 5-11/187 HIGH SCHOOL: Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown BUZZ: Harvin has withstood injuries to remain a dangerous threat at several positions. Harvin is the first player in school history to have more than 100 rushing yards and receiving yards in a game. He rushed for 113 yards and had 110 receiving yards against Vanderbilt.
TE Jacob Tamme, Kentucky, Sr., 6-5/240 HIGH SCHOOL: Danville (Ky.) Boyle County BUZZ: Tamme leads SEC tight ends with 584 receiving yards. He has five TDs, and often delivers key third-down catches. He came up big during Kentucky's brutal midseason schedule by scoring three consecutive weeks against South Carolina, LSU and Florida.
OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss, Jr., 6-5/325 HIGH SCHOOL: Memphis Briarcrest Christian BUZZ: This future NFL left tackle has been a fixture in the Rebels' lineup since he arrived at Ole Miss. Oher started every game at left tackle this season and has made 34 consecutive starts overall.
OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt, Sr., 6-6/320 HIGH SCHOOL: Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic BUZZ: Williams started every game at left tackle to anchor Vanderbilt's veteran line. Williams has made 33 consecutive starts overall and was named the Commodores' offensive player of the week on three separate occasions.
OG Robert Felton, Arkansas, Sr., 6-4/328 HIGH SCHOOL: Houston Cypress Creek BUZZ: Felton entered the regular-season finale with a team-high 45 knockdown blocks this year. He has emerged as a key component for a line that has allowed just 10 sacks while helping Arkansas run for an SEC-leading 3,561 yards.
OG Anthony Parker, Tennessee, Jr., 6-3/305 HIGH SCHOOL: Lovejoy (Ga.) High BUZZ: Parker's versatility allows him to play guard and tackle. After playing primarily right guard last season, he moved to left guard this year and played a vital role on a Tennessee line that gave up only four sacks all season, the fewest allowed in the nation.
C Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas, Jr., 6-4/307 HIGH SCHOOL: Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy BUZZ: Luigs has developed into one of the top centers in the nation while paving the way for 1,000-yard rushers Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. He scored a perfect 100 percent grade in pass blocking in six games this season.
DE Wallace Gilberry, Alabama, Sr./, 6-3/267 HIGH SCHOOL: Bay Minette (Ala.) Baldwin County BUZZ: Alabama may have faded toward the end of the season, but Gilberry closed with a rush by recording 17.5 tackles for loss in his last seven games. Gilberry is second on the team with 69 tackles, leads the SEC with 22 tackles for loss and also has nine sacks.
DE Jeremy Jarmon, Kentucky, Soph., 6-3/268 HIGH SCHOOL: Germantown (Tenn.) Houston BUZZ: Jarmon recorded a sack in each of Kentucky's first four games before finishing the regular season with nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Jarmon has compiled 58 overall tackles and had 2.5 sacks each against South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
DT Geno Atkins, Georgia, Soph., 6-1/290 HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas BUZZ: Atkins has only started about half of Georgia's games, but he wa key during the Bulldogs' late-season surge. He had 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss during a six-game winning streak, including a three-sack performance against Georgia Tech.
DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU, Sr., 6-2/303 HIGH SCHOOL: Gonzales (La.) East Ascension BUZZ: Dorsey backed up his reputation as the nation's top defensive player with 61 tackles (11.5 for loss) and six sacks on a team that's third in the nation in total defense. He is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy.
LB Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt, Sr., 6-4/235 HIGH SCHOOL: Danvers (Mass.) St. John's Prep BUZZ: Goff recorded 113 tackles this season and ranks third in the SEC in that category. Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard is the only active SEC player with more career tackles. Goff capped his career by collecting 39 tackles in his final three games.
LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee, Jr., 6-2/230 HIGH SCHOOL: Hampton (Va.) Kecoughtan BUZZ: Mayo has a team-high 112 tackles this season. His late-season highlights included scoring on a 34-yard INT return against Arkansas, making two tackles for loss in Vanderbilt's final series to preserve a one-point win and delivering 19 tackles against Kentucky.
LB Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky, Sr., 6-1/212 HIGH SCHOOL: LaGrange (Ga.) High BUZZ: Woodyard has reached the 100-tackle mark for the second consecutive season and leads the SEC with 10.3 tackles per game. He has collected at least seven tackles in 12 consecutive games and also has recorded eight tackles for loss.
CB Chevis Jackson, LSU, Sr., 6-0/184 HIGH SCHOOL: Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's BUZZ: Jackson has picked off four passes this season to help LSU rank second in the nation in turnover margin and third in pass efficiency defense. Jackson also has 37 tackles and is tied for second in the conference with 12 pass breakups.
CB Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina, Soph., 5-9/180 HIGH SCHOOL: Mobile (Ala.) Murphy BUZZ: Munnerlyn arguably was the top corner in the league before missing the final two regular-season games with a broken foot. He picked off three passes and hounded top QBs like Kentucky's Andre Woodson and Georgia's Matthew Stafford into poor performances.
SS Craig Steltz, LSU, Sr., 6-2/209 HIGH SCHOOL: New Orleans Archbishop Rummel BUZZ: Steltz is tied for the SEC lead with six INTs and ranks third among all defensive backs in the SEC with 89 tackles. He had three INTs against Mississippi State, two against Ole Miss and clinched a win over Alabama with a hit that knocked the ball loose from Keith Brown.
FS Derek Pegues, Mississippi State, Jr., 5-10/196 HIGH SCHOOL: Batesville (Miss.) South Panola BUZZ: Pegues has collected 46 tackles and three INTs while continually coming through for the Bulldogs in big situations. Pegues scored on a 20-yard interception return in an upset of Auburn and had a game-tying 75-yard punt return in a come-from-behind win over Ole Miss.
K Daniel Lincoln, Tennessee, Fr., 6-0/204 HIGH SCHOOL: Ocala (Fla.) Forest BUZZ: Lincoln has gone 21 of 26 to rank second in the SEC in field-goal percentage while setting a school record for most field goals by a freshman. He made game-winning kicks in OT against South Carolina and in the final three minutes against Vanderbilt.
P Ryan Shoemaker, Auburn, Fr. (RS), 6-0/182 HIGH SCHOOL: Birmingham (Ala.) Oak Mountain BUZZ: Shoemaker ranks second in the SEC and 16th in the nation with an average of 43.2 yards per punt. He has landed 14 of his 41 punts inside the opponent's 20 to help Auburn rank fourth in the nation in net punting average.
KR Brandon James, Florida, Soph., 5-6/181 HIGH SCHOOL: St. Augustine (Fla.) High BUZZ: Felix Jones is third in the nation in kickoff return average, but he already is on the first team. James has seven returns of at least 50 yards this season. He ranks fifth in the nation in punt-return average (17.8) and 18th in kickoff-return average (28.2).
PR Javier Arenas, Alabama, Soph., 5-9/193 HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa (Fla.) Robinson BUZZ: Arenas has handled the kickoff- and punt-return duties this year, and has developed into one of the top returners in school history. He averages 15.4 yards per return. Arenas' 61-yard punt return against LSU temporarily put the Tide ahead in the fourth quarter.
ALL-PURPOSE Felix Jones, Arkansas, Jr., 6-0/207 HIGH SCHOOL: Tulsa (Okla.) Washington BUZZ: Jones has scored on two kickoff returns this year while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season. Jones leads the NCAA with his average of 9.1 yards per carry. He also has four career TDs on kickoff returns.
Rivals.com 2007 All-SEC Second Team
QB Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, Sr., 6-5/230 HIGH SCHOOL: Radcliff (Ky.) North Hardin BUZZ: Woodson leads the SEC with 3,351 passing yards and ranks second in the league in passing efficiency. He ranks among the top 10 SEC players in career completions and has thrown for at least 200 yards and one touchdown in 18 consecutive games.
RB Arian Foster, Tennessee, Jr., 6-1/225 HIGH SCHOOL: San Diego Mission Bay BUZZ: Foster ranks sixth in the SEC in rushing and has collected 1,107 yards with 12 touchdowns. Foster rushed for at least 100 yards in victories over Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ole Miss, Sr., 5-11/225 HIGH SCHOOL: New Orleans St. Augustine BUZZ: Green-Ellis cleared the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season and consistently produced even as his team went winless in SEC play. Green-Ellis ran for 1,137 yards and six touchdowns. His season included a 226-yard effort against Missouri.
WR Steve Johnson, Kentucky, Sr., 6-3/198 HIGH SCHOOL: Fairfield (Calif.) Rodriguez BUZZ: Johnson etched his name into Kentucky lore by catching game-winning passes in come-from-behind victories over Louisville and LSU, the nation's top-ranked team at the time. Johnson has caught 54 passes for 928 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
WR Kenny McKinley, South Carolina, Jr., 6-0/181 HIGH SCHOOL: Austell (Ga.) South Cobb BUZZ: McKinley has a league-high 77 catches to go along with 968 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns each against Mississippi State and Clemson, and he had 14 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Tennessee.
TE Cornelius Ingram, Florida, Jr., 6-4/230 HIGH SCHOOL: Hawthorne (Fla.) High BUZZ: This converted quarterback leads the Gators with seven touchdown catches. Ingram scored in five of Florida's first seven games and finished the regular season with 33 catches for 491 yards.
OT Ciron Black, LSU, Soph., 6-5/320 HIGH SCHOOL: San Antonio (Texas) Lee BUZZ: Black has started 25 consecutive games at left tackle for LSU. He recorded 11 knockdowns in back-to-back weeks against Florida and Kentucky, and has helped LSU rank 12th in the nation with 219.5 yards per game.
OT Ramon Foster, Tennessee, Jr., 6-6/325 HIGH SCHOOL: Ripley (Tenn.) High BUZZ: Foster moved from guard to right tackle this season and has played a vital role on a line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the nation. Foster's presence helped the Tennessee line continue to perform well even after a season-ending injury to left tackle Eric Young.
OG Jason Leger, Kentucky, Sr., 6-1/287 HIGH SCHOOL: Mt. Vernon (Ky.) Rockcastle County BUZZ: Leger was the SEC offensive lineman of the week for his performances in wins over Kent State and Arkansas. He has helped Kentucky average 4.2 yards per carry despite losing tailbacks Rafael Little and Tony Dixon to injuries at various points this season.
OG Jim Tartt, Florida, Jr., 6-3/316 HIGH SCHOOL: Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla County BUZZ: This second-year starter played a major role on a line that didn't allow a sack in seven regular-season games. Tartt created enough running room to allow the Gators to average 5.2 yards per carry without the benefit of a running back who gained 600 yards.
C Drew Miller, Florida, Sr., 6-5/304 HIGH SCHOOL: Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview BUZZ: Miller moved from guard to center this season and helped Florida's offensive line allow only 12 sacks all season despite losing OT Phil Trautwein. Miller has started 26 consecutive games.
DE Antonio Coleman, Auburn, Soph., 6-2/243 HIGH SCHOOL: Mobile (Ala.) Williamson BUZZ: Coleman came on strong in the second half of the year and has 13 tackles for loss in his past seven games. He has 17 tackles for loss with seven sacks this season. He was the SEC defensive lineman of the week after making a pair of sacks against Ole Miss.
DE Greg Hardy, Ole Miss, Soph., 6-5/255 HIGH SCHOOL: Memphis Briarcrest Christian BUZZ: Only a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules kept Hardy from earning a spot on our first team. Hardy has collected 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He ranks seventh in the nation in sacks per game and fifth in the nation in tackles for loss per game.
DT Peria Jerry, Ole Miss, Jr., 6-2/310 HIGH SCHOOL: Batesville (Miss.) South Panola. BUZZ: Perry collected 58 overall tackles – 14 for loss – along with 3.5 sacks and an interception. He recorded at least half a tackle for loss in each of the Rebels' last 11 games.
DT Pat Sims, Auburn, Jr., 6-4/314 HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard BUZZ: Sims collected four tackles for loss against Mississippi State in the Tigers' SEC opener and continued to clog up the middle all season. Sims collected 32 tackles – 8.5 for loss – and played a vital role on a run defense that allowed only two players to rush for 100 yards.
LB Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia, Jr., 6-1/232 HIGH SCHOOL: Hamlet (N.C.) Richmond BUZZ: Ellerbe has started at each of the three linebacker positions for Georgia this season, but spent a majority of his time in the middle. He has a team-high 85 tackles, with 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
LB Ali Highsmith, LSU, Sr., 6-1/223 HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Central BUZZ: This third-year starter has compiled 86 tackles – 7.5 for loss – and eight pass breakups. He delivered 10 tackles against South Carolina and 11 more against Auburn before closing the regular season with a 19-tackle effort against Arkansas.
LB Brandon Spikes, Florida, Soph., 6-3/243 HIGH SCHOOL: Shelby (N.C.) Crest BUZZ: Florida needed some underclassmen to step forward on a defense that lost 10 starters from last season. Spikes capitalized on the opportunity by ranking second in the SEC with 118 tackles. This big-game performer had 21 combined tackles against Auburn and LSU.
CB Michael Grant, Arkansas, Sr., 5-11/182 HIGH SCHOOL: Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson BUZZ: Grant leads the SEC with 17 pass breakups. He also has collected 66 tackles and has recorded multiple pass breakups in four games this year to help Arkansas rank fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
CB Patrick Lee, Auburn, Sr., 6-0/210 HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Columbus BUZZ: After picking off just one pass in his first three seasons at Auburn, Lee made up for lost time by collecting four interceptions in a five-game stretch that started with an upset of Florida. Lee also has recorded 51 tackles for the Tigers.
SS Emanuel Cook, South Carolina, Soph., 5-10/216 HIGH SCHOOL: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High BUZZ: Cook has earned a reputation as one of the SEC's hardest hitters while collecting 92 overall tackles, four sacks and three interceptions this season. Cook's eight tackles for loss lead all SEC defensive backs.
FS Rashad Johnson, Alabama, Jr., 6-0/187 HIGH SCHOOL: Sulligent (Ala.) High BUZZ: Johnson shares the SEC lead and is ranked fourth in the nation with six interceptions this season. Johnson also has a team-high 81 tackles to go along with seven pass breakups and one forced fumble.
K Alex Tejada, Arkansas, Fr., 6-1/200 HIGH SCHOOL: Springdale (Ark.) High BUZZ: Tejada made four field goals in his debut performance against Troy and never looked back. He has gone 17 of 21 – including 13 of 13 from 39 yards away or less – to lead the SEC with an .810 field-goal percentage.
P Patrick Fisher, LSU, Sr., 6-5/238 HIGH SCHOOL: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic BUZZ: Fisher leads the SEC and ranks 13th in the nation with an average of 43.8 yards per punt. He has landed 10 of his 52 punts inside the opponent's 20.
KR Trindon Holliday, LSU, Soph., 5-5/160 HIGH SCHOOL: Pride (La.) Northeast BUZZ: Holliday ranks third in the SEC and 30th in the nation with an average of 26.1 yards per kick return. He scored on a 98-yard kickoff return in a victory over Ole Miss.
PR Mikey Henderson, Georgia, Sr., 5-10/156 HIGH SCHOOL: Buford (Ga.) High BUZZ: Henderson has averaged 11.3 yards per return to rank third in the SEC to first-team return men Brandon James of Florida and Javier Arenas of Alabama. Henderson also is a force on offense who caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime to beat Alabama.
ALL-PURPOSE Peyton Hillis, Arkansas, Sr., 6-2/243 HIGH SCHOOL: Conway (Ark.) High BUZZ: Hillis starts at FB but does a little bit of everything. He has blocked for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones while also rushing for 328 yards, catching 44 passes for 485 yards and scoring seven TDs. Hillis had two TD runs and two TD catches in the Razorbacks' upset of LSU.