Friday, January 21, 2011
The 2010 All-Senior, All-SEC team
By Chris Low ESPN.com
Thanks to a good idea from Scott in Vermont last week in the SEC mailbag, we’re rolling out our 2010 All-SEC team, honoring seniors only.
Obviously, the league was dominated by talented underclassmen this season, but there were also several seniors who had big years. As you can see, it was a stretch at some of the positions to find guys who genuinely had All-SEC-caliber seasons.
Alabama's Greg McElroy had arguably the best season of any senior signal-caller in the SEC.
There were several tough calls, too. Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline had the best season of his career. But Alabama’s Greg McElroy was fourth nationally in passing efficiency, finishing with 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions.
It was tough leaving LSU’s Terrence Toliver off at receiver, but Tennessee’s Denarius Moore had nine touchdown catches and averaged 20.9 yards per catch. Kentucky’s Chris Matthews also had nine touchdown catches and was fourth in the league with 61 receptions.
The linebacker spot was also loaded with outstanding senior players this season. Georgia’s Akeem Dent, Auburn’s Josh Bynes, Auburn’s Craig Stevens, Mississippi State’s K.J. Wright, Vanderbilt’s John Stokes and Tennessee’s Nick Reveiz were all deserving, but there was only three spots. Before anybody questions the selection of Ole Miss' Jonathan Cornell, he had 14 tackles for loss in 11 games.
There were only a handful of senior defensive backs that made big impacts this season in the SEC.