Thursday, January 10, 2013
The SEC's All-Bowl team
By Chris Low
There were some memorable performances in bowl games this season and some not-so-memorable ones.
We’re honoring some of the best individual performances today with our SEC All-Bowl team:
QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – Just another day at the office for Johnny Football with a Cotton Bowl-record 516 yards of total offense in the 41-13 rout of Oklahoma.
RB: Eddie Lacy, Alabama – He looked like a bulldozer running over Notre Dame defenders on his way to 140 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia – One of the top true freshmen in the country, Gurley ended his first season in style with 125 rushing yards, including a 24-yard touchdown.
WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama – Hard to believe Cooper was only a freshman this season. He torched Notre Dame all game and finished with six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
WR: Chris Conley, Georgia – He only caught two passes in the Capital One Bowl, but his 49-yard touchdown tied the game in the third quarter and he followed that up with an 87-yard touchdown catch to seal the deal.
TE: Arthur Lynch, Georgia – Ignited the Bulldogs’ scoring outburst in their 45-31 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl with a 29-yard touchdown catch.
AP: Ace Sanders, South Carolina – He was Mr. Excitement all season for the Gamecocks and delivered in the Outback Bowl with two touchdown catches and a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown.
OL: Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt – The Commodores’ junior left tackle helped pave the way for Zac Stacy’s 107 rushing yards in the 38-24 win over NC State.
OL: Pierce Burton, Ole Miss – The junior right tackle capped his first season at Ole Miss after coming over from junior college with his best all-around game in the 38-17 beatdown of Pittsburgh.
OL: Chance Warmack, Alabama – The interior of Notre Dame’s defensive front looked like it was getting mashed on just about every play, and Warmack was usually leading the charge from his left guard spot.
OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M – His farewell game at Texas A&M was a memorable one, as Joeckel was dominant one final time at left tackle.
C: Barrett Jones, Alabama – The essence of a team-first player, Jones played like a champ against Notre Dame’s touted front, with a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot.
DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina – His crushing tackle and forced fumble in the Outback Bowl was the hit heard around the country during the bowl season. He’s the ultimate game-changer on defense.
DL: Damontre Moore, Texas A&M – Oklahoma’s high-scoring offense was held to 13 points in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, and Moore was a big reason in his final game in an Aggie uniform.
DL: Sharrif Floyd, Florida – The Gators didn’t have a lot of success getting to Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, but Floyd got to him twice for sacks and also blocked a field goal attempt.
DL: Jesse Williams, Alabama – He was credited with just one tackle in the Discover BCS National Championship, but was a one-man wall in the middle of that Alabama defensive line.
LB: Mike Marry, Ole Miss – One of the Rebels’ strongest leaders all season, Marry racked up four tackles for loss, including a sack, and forced a fumble in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
LB: Kevin Minter, LSU – Even though LSU eventually wore down on defense in its Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson, Minter was sensational with 19 total tackles.
LB: Alec Ogletree, Georgia – Nebraska probably thought Ogletree was in its huddle. He was everywhere in the Capital One Bowl with 13 sacks, including three for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
CB: Dee Milliner, Alabama – Notre Dame kept trying Milliner, and he kept showing why he was one of the top cornerbacks in the college game this season.
CB: Damian Swann, Georgia – Intercepted two passes in Georgia’s 45-31 win against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. The first one set up a touchdown, and the second one ended a Nebraska fourth-quarter drive.
S: Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt – Had a team-leading 10 tackles and an interception and also returned a fumble 22 yards to set up the Commodores’ second touchdown.
S: D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina – Tied for the team lead with nine tackles in the Outback Bowl to go along with two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
K: Devon Bell, Mississippi State – There wasn’t a lot to cheer about in Mississippi State’s bowl loss, but Bell made both of his field goals from 47 and 27 yards.
P: Richard Kent, Vanderbilt – Kent capped off a terrific season by averaging 46.2 yards on five kicks. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20.
RS: Andre Debose, Florida – Debose’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave the Gators a spark in the fourth quarter, one of the few signs of life in their Allstate Sugar Bowl flop.