Tennessee's offensive prowess this past football season got peoples' attention as five Vols were named to the Associated Press All-SEC team on Monday.
Wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson was named to the first team as an all-purpose player, while wide receiver Justin Hunter, linemen Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and Dallas Thomas, and tight end Mychel Rivera were named to the second team.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year after a dynamic debut season in College Station.
The charismatic redshirt freshman known as "Johnny Football" passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed for 1,181 yards and an SEC-leading 19 TDs, and guided the Aggies to a surprising 10-2 mark in their first SEC season, including an upset of No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones edged out South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney for the defensive player of the year award. Jones leads the conference with 22.5 tackles behind the line and ranks second to Clowney with 12.5 sacks.
Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin was named coach of the year, beating out Florida's Will Muschamp.
Manziel also was an overwhelming choice as freshman of the year, in addition to being selected on all ballots as the first-team quarterback — not bad in a league that features the nation's two highest-rated passers: Alabama's A.J. McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray.
"This season has been incredibly surreal," Manziel said. "It's beyond my wildest imagination. It's a true testament to how this team has grown every week, because without these guys none of my individual success would be anything."
He is also considered a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded in New York on Saturday. Manziel has put up bigger numbers than former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, a landslide pick for the Heisman in 2010.
No freshman has ever won college football's highest individual honor.
WR — u-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr.; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Jr.
L — Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.; Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr.; Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, Jr.
C — u-Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
TE — Jordan Reed, Florida, 6-3, 243, Jr.
QB — u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB — Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 218, Fr.; Mike Gillislee, Florida, 5-11, 209, Sr.
K — Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 184, Sr.
All-Purpose — Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6-3, 205, Jr.
T — Sharrif Floyd, Florida,6-3, 303, Jr.; Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr.
E — u-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So. ; Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
LB — u-Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.; C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.; Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2, 245, Jr.
CB — u-Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Sr.; u-Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
S — Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 202, Jr.; Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P — Kyle Christy, Florida, 6-2, 199, So.
WR — Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr.; Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-11, 200, Sr.
L — D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr.; Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr.
L — Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 332, So.; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 310, Sr.
C — Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6-5, 305, Jr.
TE — Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 6-3, 244, Sr.
QB — A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB — Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr.; Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr.
K — Carey Spear, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose — LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State, 5-10, 190, Jr.; Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-8, 175, Jr.
T — Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 320, Sr.; John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 358, Sr.; Bennie Logan, LSU, 6-3, 295, Jr.
E — Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5, 260, Jr.
LB — Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 232, Jr.; Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State, 6-3, 230, Sr.; Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr.; Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 203, Fr.
CB — Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 184, Jr.; Marcus Roberson, Florida, 6-0, 178, So.
S — D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Craig Loston, LSU, 6-2, 205, Jr.; Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210, Sr.
P — Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jarvis Jones, Georgia
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Sumlim, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M.