Five Vols named AP All-SEC

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.

AP All-SEC

FIRST TEAM

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say a talented SEC as always.
Bones never lie.

eVOLved writes:

On any field or playground, I would pick Patterson first, even over Johnny Football, who is an incredible player.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

CP is the man..

TheStupidPolice writes:

AJ JOHNSON WAS ROBBED!!!

oimo2005#352417 writes:

in response to TheStupidPolice:

AJ JOHNSON WAS ROBBED!!!

I agree. Surprised to see him left off of here.

alavol writes:

in response to TheStupidPolice:

AJ JOHNSON WAS ROBBED!!!

did you see these incredible runs up the middle by opposin running backs? When is hart going to give us Petrino?

wishwehadabettercoach writes:

Dooley was robbed as coach of the year.

Vol1973 writes:

Where's Tyler?

Vo2Vol writes:

Humble pie here for some. AJ is not there yet but will get plenty of recognition. Great honor for CP but I would think he would rather have the honor for a wide receiver spot. For the rest mentioned it is good recognition and notice that they can make another step during their senior year. The message to our QB seems clear. There have been very few pro quarterbacks that came out early that have made an immediate impact professionally. Remember Heath? He needs to come back and play versus sitting on the bench next year.

Southland writes:

man the bama and ga people are going to go crazy over this not enough from either team on this list to suit them. On Petrino, please do not tell me anyone seriously wants this guy with all of his baggage and his lack of loyalty to his wife or his family or any team he has coached for

chattabluetick writes:

"ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR" SAL SUNSERI turned the # 28 Defense into # 128. It took some skill to do that. A.J. Johnson was shafted because of the overall joke of a defense he was on, not his fault.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to mempuss:

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Hunter and Cobi Hamilton had the same yards/catch (Hunter actually .01 yards better), but even with only 73 catches Hunter had 9 TDs compared to Hamilton's 5 TDs with 90 catches.

Matthews doesn't have the yards per catch and only had 7 TDS, despite having more catches than Hunter.

Hunter had to share catches with Patterson, Rivera and Rogers (all in the top 20 in the conference for total receiving yards), while Hamilton's closest competitor at Arkansas is ranked #38 in the conference in yardage.

Hunter should have been a clear choice for first team.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Can somebody tell me why Florida's TE got first team ahead of Rivera? From a receiving standpoint, Rivera pissed all over him. Reed had more than three yards less per catch. Rivera had ten more total yards receiving with eight fewer catches, and had five TDs compared to Reed's three.

Rivera broke Whitten's UT record, for God's sake!

Robbed.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

That's nice. Really!

DavidB writes:

Wonder how much it would cost to steal sumlim? Just saying a big offer wouldn't hurt. Worst he could say is no. He did what no one else in the SEC did this year in beating bama. He is only going to get better as time goes on.

richvol writes:

in response to alavol:

did you see these incredible runs up the middle by opposin running backs? When is hart going to give us Petrino?

Exactly...I made a point of watching AJ during the season. He was out of position frequently,could not get off of blocks and missed tackles over and over. Not deserving as if he had been an all-conference type player we would have had a better defense.

ivyvol writes:

in response to TheStupidPolice:

AJ JOHNSON WAS ROBBED!!!

Speed.

ivyvol writes:

in response to Vol1973:

Where's Tyler?

Hopefully looking at film and learning how to read defenses.

CarlChilders writes:

in response to Vol1973:

Where's Tyler?

Somewhere on a jet ski. It was a warm day.

sbigdaddy writes:

How Tyler Bray AJ Johnson and Jawuan James not make any AP SEC team. Makes no since. Our entire line should made it in my opinion. Least sacks in SEC and college football

alavol writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Hunter and Cobi Hamilton had the same yards/catch (Hunter actually .01 yards better), but even with only 73 catches Hunter had 9 TDs compared to Hamilton's 5 TDs with 90 catches.

Matthews doesn't have the yards per catch and only had 7 TDS, despite having more catches than Hunter.

Hunter had to share catches with Patterson, Rivera and Rogers (all in the top 20 in the conference for total receiving yards), while Hamilton's closest competitor at Arkansas is ranked #38 in the conference in yardage.

Hunter should have been a clear choice for first team.

you guys should be thrilled to have anyone in this list after the lousy season we had. How many real games did we win? How about the Commode door blowout? Get real! you must be the same guys pining for Gruden. And quit telling me about the baggage Petrino carries- he is a winner, nough said!

sbigdaddy writes:

AP writers. Blind and dumb.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

So we were pretty good, right?

bigdisbig writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Hunter and Cobi Hamilton had the same yards/catch (Hunter actually .01 yards better), but even with only 73 catches Hunter had 9 TDs compared to Hamilton's 5 TDs with 90 catches.

Matthews doesn't have the yards per catch and only had 7 TDS, despite having more catches than Hunter.

Hunter had to share catches with Patterson, Rivera and Rogers (all in the top 20 in the conference for total receiving yards), while Hamilton's closest competitor at Arkansas is ranked #38 in the conference in yardage.

Hunter should have been a clear choice for first team.

Did Cobi Hamilton have as many drops as Hunter? I thought they were very generous with Hunter. He is NOT NFL caliber and never will be until he gains some weight and learns to catch.

dvols writes:

glad to see the O Line is getting better....rest of team hurry and catch up!

alavol writes:

in response to sbigdaddy:

How Tyler Bray AJ Johnson and Jawuan James not make any AP SEC team. Makes no since. Our entire line should made it in my opinion. Least sacks in SEC and college football

if so great, why did we not win any games? please get petrino so we can!

ARANGEVOL writes:

NOW We need someone to coach'm!

Rockytopfan96 writes:

Where's Tyler Bray?

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to richvol:

Exactly...I made a point of watching AJ during the season. He was out of position frequently,could not get off of blocks and missed tackles over and over. Not deserving as if he had been an all-conference type player we would have had a better defense.

STUPID!!! He was 4th in the nation in tackles.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

He was also first in the nation in allowing tailbacks to gain 60 yds. up the middle. He is not quick enuff in SEC for all-sec honors.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to alavol:

you guys should be thrilled to have anyone in this list after the lousy season we had. How many real games did we win? How about the Commode door blowout? Get real! you must be the same guys pining for Gruden. And quit telling me about the baggage Petrino carries- he is a winner, nough said!

Nough said? You said too much...most of which was total bs. I guess Peyton didnt deserve the Heisman because he lost a game, right?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Speed.

Speed? Dude was 6th in the nation in tackles and 2nd in the conference. He had 12 rushes for 6 touchdowns. Can you say ROBBERY?

flatrock writes:

in response to Vo2Vol:

Humble pie here for some. AJ is not there yet but will get plenty of recognition. Great honor for CP but I would think he would rather have the honor for a wide receiver spot. For the rest mentioned it is good recognition and notice that they can make another step during their senior year. The message to our QB seems clear. There have been very few pro quarterbacks that came out early that have made an immediate impact professionally. Remember Heath? He needs to come back and play versus sitting on the bench next year.

A.J. is a player, for sure, but the films reveal he has trouble getting off blocks, getting clogged up inside and reading blocking schemes. I believe he would be best suited to add 15 pounds, put his hand in the dirt and provide one hell of a pass rush- something this team is sorely missing. Same for Maggitt. Move McNeil and Moore to LB. Let's hope Brian Randolph (best player on Vol defense) recovers fully and can be the defense's QB...After he went down in the FLA game, the defense came absolutely unglued!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Our DB's should get a Honorable

Mention if they had a category for sloooowest in Div 1.

Maybe not.

And on we go...

weliketoliealot writes:

in response to ANYONE_BUT_LIBS:

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Or busy not showing up to the big games. It don't take a Montana to beat Southeast Louisiana School for the Blind. Bray got his tail handed to him by VANDERBILT! Please go pro, please go pro. That's all I want for Christmas is for Mr. Attitude to go pro!

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Hunter and Cobi Hamilton had the same yards/catch (Hunter actually .01 yards better), but even with only 73 catches Hunter had 9 TDs compared to Hamilton's 5 TDs with 90 catches.

Matthews doesn't have the yards per catch and only had 7 TDS, despite having more catches than Hunter.

Hunter had to share catches with Patterson, Rivera and Rogers (all in the top 20 in the conference for total receiving yards), while Hamilton's closest competitor at Arkansas is ranked #38 in the conference in yardage.

Hunter should have been a clear choice for first team.

Apparently you didn't watch the Vanderbilt blowout of the Vols, when Jordan Matthews blew up. Matthews had 15 more catches, 200 more yards and they had the same yard average at 14.5 per game. Also against SEC competition Matthews did not disappear like Hunter and Bray. Considering Vanderbilt is a run 1st offense, if Vandy threw more then Matthews numbers would have been even higher.

mloaks#222092 writes:

Hunter dropped too many balls.
CP better go pro before he gets hurt during a rebuilding year.
Cannot loose if Bray stays or goes; a decent starter here, or start a new guy with a new coach...

ccantrell#227456 writes:

What, no defensive players..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Vol1973:

Where's Tyler?

Probably hit a sportswriters car with a beer bottle..

oskie_score writes:

Congrats to CP! Well deserved. Unfortunately, unless he can quickly salvage his grades he'll be one-and-done.
Congrats to Thomas, Rivera, Tiny, and Hunter as well!

I think AJ not being mentioned is more of a statement to the talent (and depth) at LB in the league, than a knock against AJ.
For those criticizing AJ, in '11 he was selected to the SEC All-Freshmen team as well as to five different Freshman AA teams. In'12 he led the team (#2 in the SEC & #6 NCAA) with 138 tackles. In recent Tennessee history only Earnest Fields ('90) and Jerod Mayo ('07) finished with more in one season---140. Current NFL ('14) Draft protections have AJ listed as a 1st rd selection and the 2nd ILB taken. Give the man his due.

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