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18 from SEC named AP All-Americans

December, 17, 2013
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Now that the all-conference teams have rolled out, the Associated Press has unveiled its All-America teams, and they are very SEC-heavy.

Eighteen players from the SEC made the three teams, with six making the first team. The pick that might surprise people was Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt making the first team over Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. But Prewitt had a very good season with the Rebels. He tied for first in the SEC with five interceptions in conference play, while totaling six on the season. He also defended 13 passes. Clinton-Dix, who projects as a high draft pick at the safety spot, defended six passes with two interceptions on the season.

Here are all the SEC AP All-Americans:

First team

OFFENSE

OT: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OT: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M

DEFENSE

DE: Michael Sam, Missouri
LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
S: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

Second team

OFFENSE

QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB: Tre Mason, Auburn
OG: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

DEFENSE

DT: Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
S: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

Third team

OFFENSE

QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama
OT: Greg Robinson, Auburn
C: Reese Dismukes, Auburn
WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
AP: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

DEFENSE

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

Alabama leads coaches All-SEC team

December, 10, 2013
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The SEC coaches have spoken, and Alabama has once again taken over their end-of-the-year All-SEC team.

The Crimson Tide led the rest of the league with nine representatives on the coaches' teams, including an SEC-leading five first-team selections. LSU followed with eight total representatives. Texas A&M had four first-team members, while Auburn and Georgia both had three each.

Twelve of the league's 14 teams had at least one player on the first team, while every team was represented on at least one team. Coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players.

Here are the coaches' first- and second-team selections:

First team

OFFENSE
QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB: Tre Mason, Auburn
RB: T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
TE: Arthur Lynch, Georgia
OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OL: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
OL: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
OL: Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
C: Reese Dismukes, Auburn
WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M
WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

DEFENSE
DL: Michael Sam, Missouri
DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL: Dee Ford, Auburn
DL: Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
DB: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
DB: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
DB: E.J. Gaines, Missouri
DB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

SPECIAL TEAMS
K: Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
RS: Christion Jones, Alabama *
RS: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU *

Second team

OFFENSE
QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama
RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina
RB: Jeremy Hill, LSU
TE: Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State
OL: La'el Collins, LSU
OL: Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
OL: Justin Britt, Missouri
OL: Anthony Steen, Alabama
C: Travis Swanson, Arkansas
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
WR: Jarvis Landry, LSU
AP: Marcus Murphy, Missouri

DEFENSE
DL: Anthony Johnson, LSU
DL: Chris Smith, Arkansas
DL: Ed Stinson, Alabama
DL: Trey Flowers, Arkansas
LB: Lamin Barrow, LSU
LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
LB: Avery Williamson, Kentucky
DB: Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
DB: Chris Davis, Auburn
DB: Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State
DB: Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

SPECIAL TEAMS
K: Michael Palardy, Tennessee
P: Cody Mandell, Alabama
RS: Solomon Patton, Florida

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SEC lunchtime links

October, 24, 2013
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It's game day! Sort of. While most of the league plays on Saturday, as usual, the SEC gets an early start this week with Kentucky and Mississippi State kicking off Thursday night on ESPN. So we'll start there with today's lunchtime links:

Inside look: Q&A on Ole Miss

October, 3, 2012
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As Texas A&M approaches its next game, a road trip to Oxford, Miss., to take on Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi, GigEmNation sought insight on the 3-2 Rebels from Hugh Kellenberger, who covers the team for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Sam Khan Jr.: When it comes to Ole Miss' defense, which is closer to a more accurate representation of what they are: the Sept. 15 loss to Texas when the Longhorns scored 66 or last week when they allowed just 33 points -- and six in the second half -- to no. 1 Alabama?

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AP Photo/Bill HaberHugh Freeze is 3-2 in his first season as coach of Ole Miss.
Hugh Kellenberger: I don’t know if either was truly more accurate of Ole Miss’ defensive talent, because Texas and Alabama approached their games against Ole Miss so different. Texas was very aggressive with its outside run and threw the ball vertically. That exposed Ole Miss’ lack of speed in the front six and the corners simply could not make plays on the ball. Ole Miss abandoned the 4-2-5 defense in favor of a 4-3 look against Alabama, and it was more successful in bottling up Bama’s running game. What Ole Miss did do well at times is on third down using a 3-2-6 look that put defensive backs across the field to attack the receiver. That used Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s love of the check down and underneath route against him, because those four and five yards receptions did not get much after the catch.

For this week, I expect a return to the 4-2-5 as the team’s base, but the 4-3 was effective enough we may see it on first down and third-and-short situations.

SK: The Rebels are in the top 25 nationally when it comes to running the football. What has been the key to that success?

HK: The read-option game has been a big success for Ole Miss, because both quarterbacks are comfortable taking the ball and getting yardage up field. That forces the defense to play both ends, and often not very well. Ole Miss also has four backs that will get carries, and their different styles have helped to diversify play-calling and further keep teams off-balance. But that number is also misleading, because it was garnered against teams with really bad run defense. Look at the first three games this season against FBS opponents; the best run defense was Texas, which is 89th nationally. UTEP is 108 and Tulane is 122nd. Against Alabama, Ole Miss had 80 yards on 35 carries. It’s not going to be that bad much, if at all, the rest of this season, because no one runs against Bama. But I also don’t know how many times Ole Miss can run for 300 yards or more this season, which it did against UTEP and Tulane.

SK: What have been their strengths and what have they struggled with the most through five games?

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