ATLANTA (AP) After meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia and Auburn split the top awards on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Monday.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was picked as the offensive player of the year, while Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was selected as the top defensive player. Smith was MVP of the title game, coming up with two fumble recoveries in the Bulldogs’ 28-7 victory .
Georgia’s Kirby Smart got the nod as SEC coach of the year after leading his team to the College Football Playoff in just his second season between the hedges . Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a transfer from Baylor, and Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm shared the award for newcomer of the year.
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Alabama, which also claimed a spot in the four-team national playoff despite failing to win the SEC West , led the way with eight players voted to the first team: receiver Calvin Ridley, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, tackle Ross Pierschbacher, center Bradley Bozeman, defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne, linebacker Rashaan Evans and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison.
There were no unanimous selections to the team. Fitzpatrick and Auburn offensive guard Braden Smith came the closest to a sweep, each picked on all but one ballot.
The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, with position, name, school, height, weight and class:
WR – A.J. Brown, Ole Miss, 6-1, 225, So.
WR – Calvin Ridley, Alabama, 6-1, 190. Jr.
T – Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 301, So.
T – Isaiah Wynn, Georgia, 6-2, 302, Sr.
G – Braden Smith, Auburn, 6-6, 303, Sr.
G – Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 303, Jr.
C – Bradley Bozeman, Alabama, 6-5, 314, Sr.
C – Will Clapp, LSU, 6-5, 309, Jr.
TE – Hayden Hurst, South Carolina, 6-5, 250, Jr.
QB – Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225, Jr.
RB – Kerryon Johnson, Auburn, 6-0, 212, Jr.
RB – Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, 5-11, 223, So.
PK – Daniel Carlson, Auburn, 6-4, 223, Sr.
All-Purpose – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, 5-11, 200, Jr.
DE – Jeff Holland, Auburn, 6-2, 249, Jr.
DE – Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 241, Jr.