Coaches' individual awards announced

December, 7, 2011
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The individual awards voted on by SEC coaches were announced Wednesday.

Ladies and gentlemen, here are your 2011 award winners:

Offensive Player of the Year
RB Trent Richardson, Alabama -- In 12 games this season, Richardson has 263 rushing attempts for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 131.9 rushing yards per game. He also averages 6.0 yards per carry and ranks second in school and SEC history with 23 total touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Year
CB Morris Claiborne, LSU -- Claiborne is second in the SEC in interceptions with six this season, and his 11 career interceptions ranks sixth in LSU history. Claiborne also registered 46 tackles, including a sack.

Special Teams Player of the Year
WR Joe Adams, Arkansas -- Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. He registered 259 punt-return yards and might have had the return of the year when he shook off seven Tennessee tackles before finally cutting up field 60 yards for a touchdown.

Freshman of the Year
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina -- Clowney was ninth in the SEC with six sacks, while his 10 tackles for loss ranks him 16th in the conference. In addition, he was credited with six quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one pass breakup.

Coach of the Year
Les Miles, LSU -- In his seventh season at LSU, Miles led the Tigers to a 13-0 record for the first time in school history. Of LSU's 13 wins this year, eight have come against ranked opponents and seven of those eight have been double-digit wins. LSU, which will compete for the national championship, has won 10 games by 20 points or more this season.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Jacobs Blocking Trophy
OL Barrett Jones, Alabama – Jones is one of the most versatile linemen in the SEC, having played at just about every offensive line position this season. He graduated in August with a 4.0 GPA and he's now working toward a masters in accounting. Jones is extremely active in the community as well.

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