Richardson, Mathieu take top honors on AP All-SEC

By Paul Newberry/The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Alabama running back Trent Richardson is a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been named the top defensive player on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.

The team released Monday also tabbed LSU’s Les Miles as coach of the year after he guided the top-ranked Tigers (13-0) to a spot in the national championship game against their SEC West rival, No. 2 Alabama.

Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was named freshman of the year despite injuries and disciplinary issues.

As expected, LSU and Alabama (11-1) dominated the selections, with both powerhouses placing five players on the first team. SEC East champion Georgia had four first-teamers.

2011 Associated Press All-SEC football team

The 2011 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team released Monday, with player’s position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection):

FIRST TEAM

Offense

WR — Jarius Wright, Arkansas, 5-10, 180, Sr.

WR — Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee, 6-3, 215, So.

L — u-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 — u-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.

Defense

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 — u-Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, So.

LB — Danny Trevathan, Kentucky, 6-1, 232, Sr.

LB — Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, 6-2, 265, Sr.

CB — u-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.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

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 — Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0, 232, So.

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.

Defense(equals)

T — Michael Brockers, LSU, 6-6, 306, So.

T — Josh Chapman, Alabama, 6-1, 310, Sr.

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 — Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Jr.

CB — Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 188, Sr.

S — Antonio Allen, South Carolina, 6-2, 202, Sr.

S — Winston Guy Jr., Kentucky, 6-1, 216, Sr.

S — Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 208, So.

P — Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Offense

Kyle Fischer, L, Vanderbilt, 6-6, 308, Sr.;T-Bob Hebert, LSU, L, 6-3, 304, Sr.; Quentin Saulsberry, L, Mississippi State, 6-2, 300, Sr.

Defense

Drew Butler, P, Georgia, 6-2, 214, Sr.; Tyler Campbell, P, Mississippi, 6-2, 220, Jr.; Tim Fugger, E, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 250, Sr.; Jaye Howard, T, Florida, 6-3, 303, Sr.; Devin Taylor, E, South Carolina, 6-7, 260, Jr.; Tramain Thomas, S, Arkansas, 6-0, 204, Sr.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Trent Richardson, Alabama

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

COACH OF THE YEAR

Les Miles, LSU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Isaiah Crowell, Georgia