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Richardson, Mathieu take AP’s top SEC honors

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Set to square off in the BcS title game next month, Trent Richardson and Tyrann Mathieu took home top SEC honors from the Associated Press Monday afternoon.

The Alabama running back was named the offensive player of the year, while the LSU cornerback was named defensive player of the year.  Les Miles, coach of the unbeaten and top-ranked LSU Tigers, was named coach of the year.  Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who’s rumored to be in the doghouse and possibly on the verge of transferring, was named Freshman of the Year.

In addition to Richardson and Mathieu, there were two other unanimous selections to the All-SEC first team — Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

LSU and Alabama tied for most first-team All-SEC selections with five, while LSU’s 11 on the first and second teams combined topped the conference.  Alabama had eight total selections, followed by Arkansas (seven) and Georgia (six).  Ole Miss was the lone school in the conference to not have a player named to either the first or second team, which could very well be the reason the Rebels were introducing a new head coach today.

Following the jump, you can view the complete first- and second-team All-SEC teams as selected by the AP.



WR — Jarius Wright, Arkansas, 5-10, 180, Sr.
WR — Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee, 6-3, 215, So.
L — Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 311, Jr.
L — Will Blackwell, LSU, 6-4, 290, Sr.
L — Cordy Glenn, Georgia, 6-5, 348, Sr.
L — Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina, 6-4, 340, Sr.
C — William Vlachos, Alabama, 6-1, 294, Sr.
TE — Orson Charles, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
QB — Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, 6-3, 220, Jr.
RB — Trent Richardson, Alabama, 5-11, 224, Jr.
RB — Michael Dyer, Auburn, 5-9, 210, So.
K — Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 183, Jr.

All-Purpose — Joe Adams, Arkansas, 5-11, 190, Sr.


T — Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, 6-4, 295, Jr.
T — Malik Jackson, Tennessee, 6-5, 270, Sr.
E — Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, Sr.
E — Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-4, 245, So.
LB — Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, So.
LB — Danny Trevathan, Kentucky, 6-1, 232, Sr.
LB — Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, 6-2, 265, Sr.
CB — Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, 5-9, 175, So.
CB — Morris Claiborne, LSU, 6-0, 185, Jr.
S — Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 218, Sr.
S — Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 218, Jr.
P — Brad Wing, LSU, 6-3, 184, Fr.



WR — Rueben Randle, LSU, 6-4, 208, Jr.
WR — Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina, 6-4, 229, Jr.
L — Chris Faulk, LSU, 6-6, 325, So.
L — Alvin Bailey, Arkansas, 6-5, 319, So.
L — Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 336, Jr.
L — Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, So.
C — Ben Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 316, Sr.
TE — Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 6-5, 250, Jr.
QB — Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 211, So.
RB — Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 208, Jr.
RB — Vick Ballard, Mississippi St., 5-11, 220, Sr.
K — Drew Alleman, LSU, 5-11, 183, Jr.

All-Purpose — Dennis Johnson, Arkansas, 5-9, 213, Jr.


T — Josh Chapman, Alabama, 6-1, 310, Sr.
T — Michael Brockers, LSU, 6-6, 306, So.
E — Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 6-4, 240, So.
E — Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, So.
LB — Dont’A Hightower, Alabama, 6-4, 260, Jr.
LB — Chris Marve, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 242, Sr.
LB — Jerry Franklin, Arkansas, 6-1, 245, Sr.
CB — Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, 6-3, 192, Jr.
CB — Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 188, Sr.
S — Antonio Allen, South Carolina, 6-2, 202, Sr.
S — Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 208, So.
P — Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Jr.

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19 Responses to “Richardson, Mathieu take AP’s top SEC honors”
  1. bikerhal says: Dec 5, 2011 9:19 PM

    Interesting that LSU only being recognized by the conference and nearly ignored by the All American ballot.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Dec 5, 2011 9:40 PM

    @bikerhal—Guess that means that Les Miles must win Coach of the Year because otherwise it shows the people who vote on these things do not really know what they are doing. #1 team for so long now with one player receiving AP SEC honors…it just shows what you posted previously.

  3. cometkazie says: Dec 5, 2011 10:19 PM

    Barrett Jones played hurt in the LSU game but still played a heck of a game.

    It’s good to see the recognition.

  4. suprmous says: Dec 5, 2011 10:26 PM

    tigersgeaux, guess they won’t ever know a good thing huh? This really is heartbreaking.

  5. tigersgeaux says: Dec 5, 2011 10:56 PM

    suprmous: You’re right. It is.

    The queen of mean, queen of snide, and queen of conflict here on CFT has falsely accused a great family of posters here (southernpatriots) who have spent their lives teaching and being public servants, helping people, and the only group of people outside Tide fanatics ever to defend her. She accuses them of conspiring to have you and other posters to attack her. Southernpatriots is also responsible for what you post and is supposed to police what you post. Of course, that is insane and of course we both know southernpatriots does not dictate and is not responsible for what you or I or anyone other than themselves post, but that is the insane world of the queen. Southernpatriots is up in Central Appalachia at this time bringing medical and dental care to the very needy there, so since I and alligatorsnapper both know them, we are defending them.

  6. Deb says: Dec 5, 2011 11:07 PM

    Congratulations to all the fine SEC players being honored by the AP, and especially to Trent Richardson and Tyrann Mathieu for picking up the top offensive and defensive honors, and to Les Miles for well-deserved recognition as Coach of the Year.

    I’m extremely proud of all the Alabama players on the list, and also want to recognize LSU’s Eric Reid for making the second-team defense. His heads-up play against us in November was the game-breaker.

  7. Deb says: Dec 5, 2011 11:19 PM

    tigersgeaux …

    I’m tired of your incessant, bizarre, and untruthful posts about my interactions with southernpatriots. What I had to say–which you’ve repeatedly mischaracterized because it was over your head–I said to them and it was none of your business. That was a week ago. I haven’t said anything about them since. You’re just using that as a reason to keep lobbing personal attacks at me because that’s the kind of pitiful person you are. You get all these fans with a common purpose and carry on your little Salem witch trials. It’s pitiful and infantile, and I’m not playing anymore.

    I think it’s wonderful that southernpatriots do so much good work. But this is a football blog, not a missionary site. I’m sure they’re not the only people posting here who do good works. Some of us take seriously the Biblical admonitions of Matthew 6 that we keep our good works between us and God rather than making a production of them to anyone in earshot.

  8. Deb says: Dec 5, 2011 11:27 PM

    @cometkazie …

    Thanks for the props to Barrett Jones, who’s been ridiculed on other threads for making All-American just because he was not 100 percent in that game. All these young men deserve to be congratulated. Your good sportsmanship is appreciated.

  9. nps6724 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:12 AM

    Surprised Hightower only made 2nd team. And if not for Claiborne and Mathieu, Kirkpatrick would be a shoo-in for the 1st team.

    Happy to see Reid make the 2nd team. With Claiborne and Mathieu getting all the hype, Reid is often left unmentioned.

    There’s a lot of young talent in the SEC. 6 freshmen/sophomores made the 1st team and 8 made the 2nd team. 14 of the 50 spots went to them.

  10. tigersgeaux says: Dec 6, 2011 7:39 AM


    These are NOT SEC honors, but national being bestowed on the LSU Fighting Tigers, as you accurately posted.

    Coach Miles is a finalist for Coach of the Year Award, as Tyrann Mathieu will be traveling to NYC with his mom for the Heisman Awards. He is the only defensive player nominated.

    Eddie Robinson Award Finalists:
    Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
    Brady Hoke, Michigan
    Les Miles, LSU
    Bill Snyder, Kansas State
    Dabo Swinney, Clemson

  11. suprmous says: Dec 6, 2011 7:40 AM

    tigersgeaux, a very wise one once told me that only fools rush in to open their mouthes without thinkin, only to judge, and not to realize that others are cut from the same cloth called humanity. Some choose to be just that and there’s nothin you or the rest of us can do but to endure their tiraids. I can be called Bourbon Street Witch, Buttinsky, etc but I know that I have feelings, friends and those I don’t know who accept me just as I have friends who care and love me for who I am. Unlike those who choose to be vindictive and opinionated all you, I, or anybody else can do’s pray that someday they’ll see that they’re human just like the rest of us and that like us we can have our opinion(s) as well. Sorry for this bein so long but sometimes my words just get the best of me.

  12. cometkazie says: Dec 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    Deb says:
    Dec 5, 2011 11:27 PM
    @cometkazie …

    Thanks for the props to Barrett Jones, who’s been ridiculed on other threads for making All-American just because he was not 100 percent in that game. All these young men deserve to be congratulated. Your good sportsmanship is appreciated.

    He can be on my team any day. Busted his butt on every play and hobbled back to the huddle for more. Character shows.

  13. texbornlsufan says: Dec 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    Say what it was Barrett Jones got his butt kicked by Sam Montgomery in the LSU/Alabama game. If you know anything about football or played the game that so many of you discuss on here you would be able to see what happened. Playing hurt is part of the game and men do it every week in this sport. Watch the game and watch the action on the line and you will see what I’m saying on here. Chris Faulk is a better offensive tackle than Jones it’s just that simple.

    This is not an attack on Barrett Jones or the Alabama program it is just my opinion of my observations of the game as it was played. The majority of fans watch the QB and Running Backs as very few actual fans watch the play of the interior lines. That is where the game is at and without those guys there would never be a yard gained. Barrett Jones is a fine lineman, great representative of Alabama, and I’m sure a great person I just don’t feel he is one of the two best offensive tackles in the S.E.C. much less the nation.

  14. texbornlsufan says: Dec 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    What do you think Les Miles thinks of his “DAMN FINE” Football Team next year?

    Morris Claibone / Jr. (probably going pro)
    Ruben Randle / Jr.
    Drew Alleman / Jr.
    Eric Reed / Soph.
    Michael Brockers / Soph.
    Barkevious Mingo / Soph.
    Chris Faulk / Soph.
    Sam Montgomery / Soph.
    Tyrann Mathieu / Soph.
    Brad Wing / Fresh.

    Not Listed is the best combination of running backs in the country NO QUESTION
    Ware / Ford / Blue all Soph., and Hillard is just a Freshman.

    Add the potiential of Mettenberger at QB and you have a team that will be better than this years team.

  15. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 12:22 PM

    @texasbornlsufan …

    The point cometkazie was making is that he was injured that night but still gave it everything he had. You can’t judge his performance for the whole year by a night when he wasn’t 100 percent. And fortunately, the voters didn’t.

    @Bert …

    I’m a little surprised by Hightower’s placement, too, but it’s a very competitive field. Thanks for the nod to Kirkpatrick. LSU has an amazing field of defensive backs. It’s like my Christmas wish list for the Steelers, but we have slightly more pressing needs this year. Would love a shot at Mathieu when the time comes, but if our success–and his–continues next season, we won’t draft high enough to get close.

    Glad to see Dabo on the list of COY nominees. Nice guy off the field. But the way Clemson dipped at the end, I don’t think he can compete with Les. Maybe Hoke or Gundy could? Has Les won it before?

  16. cometkazie says: Dec 6, 2011 3:44 PM

    Deb says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:22 PM
    @texasbornlsufan …

    The point cometkazie was making is that he was injured that night but still gave it everything he had. You can’t judge his performance for the whole year by a night when he wasn’t 100 percent. And fortunately, the voters didn’t.


    And I bet we can think of players who held themselves out so they wouldn’t furthur injure themselves and hurt future earning capacity.

  17. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    @cometkazie …

    I can certainly think of one a couple of years ago 😀

  18. tigersgeaux says: Dec 6, 2011 7:28 PM

    bikerhal and all LSU fans:

    I think they heard you bikerhal!

    The honors keep rolling in for LSU. Chavis the great DC, is recognized as the Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year. He deserved it.

    The All SEC team is coming out…coming out of Birmingham at this time… “Ten LSU football players have earned the distinction of first or second team All-Southeastern Conference as voted upon by the SEC Coaches, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

    It ties the school record set by the 2007 squad that also produced 10 Tigers on the Coaches All-SEC teams.

    Six LSU players earned All-SEC first team recognition, including offensive guard Will Blackwell, offensive tackle Alex Hurst, wide receiver Rueben Randle, defensive end Sam Montgomery, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Morris Claiborne.

    Four Tigers appeared on the Coaches’ All-SEC second team, including Drew Alleman, Ryan Baker, Spencer Ware and Brad Wing.”

    Thanks to southernpatriots’ daughter for forwarding that information to me.

  19. suprmous says: Dec 6, 2011 9:07 PM

    Really sad that some choose to be so hateful that they can’t see that others aren’t as bad as what they make em out to be: as they all must be playin Follow the Leader and not to the beat of their own drum i.e. followin their own instincts.

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