• No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections

    By: The Associated Press

    Updated:

    Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.

    No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the SEC's defensive player of the year in linebacker Josh Allen and the coach of the year in Mark Stoops. Vanderbilt running back and Illinois transfer Ke'Shawn Vaughn was named newcomer of the year.

    Alabama (13-0) is the top seed in the College Football Playoff after overcoming Tagovailoa's ankle injury to rally past Georgia 35-28 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. Kentucky (9-3) will face No. 13 Penn State (9-3, No. 12 CFP) in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 after posting its highest regular-season win total since 1977.

    Tagovailoa, Allen and Mississippi wide receiver A.J. Brown were unanimous first-team selections.

    Tagovailoa, one of the prime contenders for the Heisman Trophy, has thrown 37 touchdown passes with only four interceptions to rank second nationally in passing efficiency. He struggled in the SEC championship game before leaving in the second half with a high ankle sprain, though coach Nick Saban is hopeful the sophomore will be ready for the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl semifinal with No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1).

    Allen has recorded 14 sacks to lead all Power Five players. Brown leads the SEC in catches (85) and yards receiving (1,320).

    Vaughn has rushed for 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.95 yards per carry.

    Alabama players joining Tagovailoa as first-team picks include offensive tackle Jonah Williams, center Ross Pierschbacher, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

    The Crimson Tide had eight overall all-SEC selections to lead all teams. No. 6 Georgia (No. 5 CFP) had seven players earn all-SEC honors, though cornerback Deandre Baker was the Bulldogs' only first-team selection.

    A panel of 28 writers and broadcasters who cover the SEC voted on the AP all-conference team.

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    The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, with position, name, school, height, weight, class and hometown:

    FIRST TEAM

    Offense

    u-WR - A.J. Brown, Mississippi (u), 6-1, 230, Jr., Starkville, Mississippi

    WR - Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 192, So., Deerfield Beach, Florida

    T - Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-6, 325, Jr., Allen, Texas

    T - Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 301, Jr., Folsom, California

    G - Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3, 305, Sr., McComb, Mississippi

    G - Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri, 6-5, 330, Jr., East St. Louis, Illinois

    C - Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 309, Sr., Cedar Falls, Iowa

    TE - Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr., Kingfisher, Oklahoma

    u-QB - Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 6-1, 218, So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii

    RB - Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, 5-11, 223, Jr., Westerville, Ohio

    RB - Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-9, 200, Jr., Houston

    PK - Cole Tracy, LSU, 5-11, 188, Sr., Camarillo, California

    All-purpose - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

    Defense

    DE - Jachai Polite, Florida, 6-2, 242, Jr., Daytona Beach, Florida

    DE - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 245, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

    DT - Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4, 300, Jr., Macon, Mississippi

    DT - Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 295, So., Birmingham, Alabama

    u-LB Josh Allen, Kentucky, 6-5, 260, Sr., Montclair, New Jersey

    LB - Deshaun Davis, Auburn, 5-11, 233, Sr., Prichard, Alabama

    LB - Devin White, LSU, 6-1, 240, Jr., Springhill, Louisiana

    CB - Deandre Baker, Georgia, 5-11, 185, Sr., Miami

    CB - Greedy Williams, LSU, 6-3, 184, So., Shreveport, Louisiana

    S - Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 6-0, 215, Sr., Columbia, Mississippi

    S - Grant Delpit, LSU, 6-3, 203, So., Houston

    P - Braden Mann, Texas A&M, 5-11, 190, Jr., Houston

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    SECOND TEAM

    Offense

    WR - Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 201, Jr., New Orleans

    WR - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

    T - Martez Ivey, Florida, 6-5, 306, Sr., Apopka, Florida

    T - Andrew Thomas, Georgia, 6-5, 320, So., Lithonia, Georgia

    G - Zack Bailey, South Carolina, 6-6, 314, Sr., Summerville, South Carolina

    G - Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr., Svendborg, Denmark

    C - Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-2, 308, Sr., Fayetteville, North Carolina

    TE - Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-4, 255, Norcross, Georgia

    QB - Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225, Sr., Lee's Summit, Missouri

    RB - D'Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-9, 215, So., Philadelphia

    RB - Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 222, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

    PK - Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-1, 191, Jr., Marietta, Georgia

    All-purpose - Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-11, 183, Jr., Bowman, Georgia

    Defense

    DE - Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-5, 286, Sr., Ruston, Louisiana

    DE - Raekwon Davis, Alabama, 6-7, 316, Jr., Meridian, Mississippi

    DT - Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 320, Jr., Sugar Hill, Georgia

    DT - Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri, 6-4, 295, Sr., East St. Louis, Illinois

    LB - De'Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0, 245, Jr., Harvey, Louisiana

    LB - Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State, 6-1, 250, So., Florence, Alabama

    LB -D'Andre Walker, Georgia, 6-3, 245, Sr., Fairburn, Georgia

    CB - Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State, 6-2, 175, So., Hammond, Louisiana

    CB - Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 210, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

    S - Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 6-0, 201, Sr., Cincinnati

    S - Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-2, 196, Jr., Orange, Texas

    P - Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU, 6-5, 245, So., Lake Charles, Louisiana

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    Offensive Player of the Year -QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

    Defensive Player of the Year_LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

    Newcomer of the Year -RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt (Illinois transfer)

    Coach of the Year_Mark Stoops, Kentucky

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    u-Unanimous selection

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    Voting Panel:

    Reggie Anderson, WLTX, Columbia, South Carolina

    Ben Baby, Dallas Morning News

    Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Florida) Times

    John Bednarowski, Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal

    Robert Cessna, The Eagle, Bryan-College Station, Texas

    John Clay, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader

    David Cloninger, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina

    Joel Coleman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

    Pat Dooley, The Gainesville (Florida) Sun

    Garland Gillen, WVUE, New Orleans

    Tom Green, Alabama Media Group

    Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky

    Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

    Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News

    Steve Layman, WTVF, Nashville, Tennessee

    Logan Lowery, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

    Maria Martin, WSFA, Montgomery, Alabama

    Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

    Patrick Murray, WBIR, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star

    Adam Sparks, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

    Nick Suss, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

    Jake Thompson, The Oxford (Mississippi) Eagle

    Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel

    Josh Vitale, Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser

    Marc Weiszer, Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald

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