Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ESPN.com's All-SEC team
By Chris Low
Everybody puts out an All-SEC team -- the media, coaches, different publications.
Well, we like to consider the ESPN.com All-SEC team the people’s team.
It’s not a popularity contest or a list of the top NFL prospects. We’re not into career achievement awards and don’t leave off deserving players just to include somebody from all 12 teams.
Our goal in picking this team is to honor the best players in the SEC this season with a heavy emphasis placed on how they fared against league competition.
There were a lot of tough choices. Picking just two receivers was impossible. Thank goodness we had an all-purpose player -- the perfect spot for Randall Cobb. But leaving off guys like A.J. Green, Joe Adams, Darvin Adams, Denarius Moore and Chris Matthews was difficult to do.
The same goes for linebacker, where the league’s leading tackler, Kentucky’s Danny Trevathan, didn’t make it. The secondary was equally hard to pick. Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins deserves to be there, but there were only so many spots.
There are only two repeat selections from last year's ESPN.com All-SEC team -- LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Cobb.
Here's a look at the entire 2010 team:
QB – Cam Newton, Jr., Auburn
RB – Marcus Lattimore, Fr., South Carolina
RB – Knile Davis, So., Arkansas
AP – Randall Cobb, Jr., Kentucky
WR – Alshon Jeffery, So., South Carolina
WR – Julio Jones, Jr., Alabama
TE – D.J. Williams, Sr., Arkansas
OL – Derek Sherrod, Sr., Mississippi State
OL – Lee Ziemba, Sr., Auburn
OL – DeMarcus Love, Sr. Arkansas
OL – Barrett Jones, So., Alabama
C – Ryan Pugh, Sr., Auburn
DE – Devin Taylor, So., South Carolina
DE – Marcell Dareus, Jr., Alabama
DT – Nick Fairley, Jr., Auburn
DT – Drake Nevis, Sr., LSU
LB – Justin Houston, Jr., Georgia
LB – Kelvin Sheppard, Sr., LSU
LB – Chris White, Sr., Mississippi State
DB – Patrick Peterson, Jr., LSU
DB – Casey Hayward, Jr., Vanderbilt
DB – Ahmad Black, Sr., Florida
DB – Mark Barron, Jr., Alabama
PK – Josh Jasper, Sr., LSU
P – Chas Henry, Sr., Florida
KR – Andre Debose, Fr., Florida
PR – Patrick Peterson, Jr., LSU