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SEC All-Freshman Team announced

12/8/2011

The SEC coaches announced their selections for the 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team Thursday.

LSU led the way with five selections, while Tennessee and Arkansas both had four selections.

The coaches also made Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman, who died suddenly last month, Honorary Captain.

South Carolina placed three on the team, including SEC Freshman of the Year Jadeveon Clowney.

Here is the 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team:

OFFENSE

HONORARY CAPTAIN

Garrett Uekman, Tight End, Arkansas

TE - Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State

OL - A.J. Cann, South Carolina

OL - Marcus Jackson, Tennessee

OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OL - Chaz Green, Florida

C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn

WR - Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WR - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

QB – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky

RB – Isaiah Crowell, Georgia

RB – Kenny Hilliard, LSU

AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

DEFENSE

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL - Trey Flowers, Arkansas

DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU

DL - Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State

LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LB - Curt Maggitt, Tennessee

LB - Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss

DB - Brian Randolph, Tennessee

DB - Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

DB - De'Ante Saunders, Florida

DB - Tevin Mitchel, Arkansas

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - James Hairston, LSU

P - Brad Wing, LSU

RS – Marquel Wade, Arkansas

  • I'm actually surprised to see Saunders get the nod over teammate Marcus Roberson. Roberson was easily Florida's best cornerback this season. He has the makings of being a talented cover corner, but he did get overly aggressive throughout the season. I guess coaches paid attention to flags he earned.

  • It had to be tough when the coaches looked at the quarterback position. Smith was probably the best of the bunch, and even he threw just four touchdowns to four interceptions. Still, Kentucky's offense moved down the field much better when he was on the field.

  • Remember when all the talk in Oxford, Miss., before the season centered around how great true freshman linebacker C.J. Johnson was going to be? Well, he had a solid first year, but it was Bryant who really came on as one of the young guys on defense. He saw tremendous playing time and was fourth on the team with 61 tackles.