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ESPN.com's All-America team

12/12/2011

The SEC was well-represented on the ESPN.com 2011 All-America team with 12 of the 25 players. Plus, LSU's Les Miles was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Here's a quick look:

OT: Barrett Jones, Alabama -- Jones has been one of the most talented and versatile offensive linemen in college football. After starting 25 games at right guard coming into the 2011 season, Jones played every other position on the line but right guard for the Crimson Tide this fall, but he really made his home at left tackle. Jones moved there at the beginning of the season and played lights out, starting nine games while having to pull multiple duties along the line. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman last week.

OG: Will Blackwell, LSU -- Blackwell was a highly rated defensive lineman coming out of high school, which probably explains his athleticism and versatility for the Tigers on their offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior started the season at right guard and finished it at left guard, as the No. 1 Tigers steamrolled their way to an SEC-leading 220.4 rushing yards per game against league competition.

C: Ben Jones, Georgia -- Jones has already been named to Georgia's "Team of the Decade" for 2001-2010. He has started 48 games during his UGA career and has been the anchor of the Bulldogs' rebuilt offensive line. His dominant play helped the Bulldogs recover from a 0-2 start to win 10 consecutive games to claim an SEC East title. Jones was twice named SEC offensive lineman of the week.

RB: Trent Richardson, Alabama -- Richardson has run for 1,583 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns, an Alabama single-season record. He is also highly dependable, fumbling only once in 614 career touches and averaging 142 rushing yards in five games against foes ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

DE: Melvin Ingram, South Carolina -- What didn't Ingram do for the Gamecocks this season? Ingram, a senior from Hamlet, N.C., had 13.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries and two interceptions. He was the most dominant player on South Carolina's defense, which ranked No. 4 nationally in total defense, allowing only 268.9 yards per game.

LB: Jarvis Jones, Georgia -- Because of transfer rules, Jones had to sit out all of the 2010 season, but he certainly didn't come out slow during his first year back in college football. Jones went on a tear against opposing backfields, leading the SEC with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. Jones grabbed 16 of those tackles for loss in SEC play.

LB: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama -- Upshaw entered the 2011 season as one of the most feared linebackers in the SEC and he ended the season with the same moniker. Upshaw made his home in the backfields of opposing teams, registering 17 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hurries. SEC opponents got it the worst when Upshaw was on the field, as 12.5 of his tackles for loss came in league games.

CB: Morris Claiborne, LSU -- Opponents were reluctant to throw to Claiborne's side of the field this season. A junior from Shreveport, La., Claiborne leads the Tigers with six interceptions, and he has 46 tackles and six pass breakups. He was named the winner of the Thorpe Award last week as the country's top defensive back.

CB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU -- What more can you say about the Honey Badger? He nearly took everything he wanted this season, and there might not have been a more exciting player to watch in the nation. Mathieu had an uncanny ability to find the ball, no matter where he was on defense, intercepting two passes, forcing six fumbles and recovering five more. Two of those recoveries went for scores, and he led LSU with 70 tackles.

S: Mark Barron, Alabama -- The 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior solidified an already talented Alabama secondary. He was second on the team with 66 total tackles, and intercepted two passes. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will tell you that Barron was his quarterback on the field and one of those guys always in position to make a key stop or break up a key pass.

PK: Caleb Sturgis, Florida -- He was Mr. Automatic for the Gators and displayed uncanny range. Coach Will Muschamp said he had supreme confidence in Sturgis any time the Gators moved inside the 38-yard line, and with good reason. Sturgis was 21-of-25 on field goal attempts this season, and he booted a pair of 55-yarders. Three of his four misses were from 49 yards or longer, and he was a perfect 28-of-28 on extra points.

KR: Joe Adams, Arkansas -- Adams entered the season as one of Arkansas' most decorated receivers, but he really made a name for himself nationally with his punt-returning skills. Adams led the country with three punt returns for touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. Adams had arguably the play of the year on one of his returns when he shed seven Tennessee tackles, traveling around 10 yards backward, before sprinting another 60 yards for a touchdown.