Three Volunteers made the 2015 All-SEC team

Evan Berry ran away with the All-SEC return honors after the big season.
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The regular season has come and gone, which means award season is now upon us. After finishing in second place in the SEC East, Tennessee had three players honored as All-SEC selections. 

Thanks to outstanding special teams blocking and Berry’s exceptional return skills, the Vols finished first in the nation in return yardage and scored three touchdowns on kick returns alone. 

Running back Jalen Hurd finished the season ranked fourth in the SEC with 1,158 yards on the ground in only his second season in Knoxville. 

Defensive end Derek Barnett finished the season ranked fifth in the SEC with nine sacks and closed the season strong with six of those coming in Tennessee’s five-game winning streak to close out the season. 

Noticeably absent from the all-conference teams were outstanding defenders Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cam Sutton. Both juniors likely face a decision on their NFL futures; could these snubs turn out to work in the Vols’ favor for 2016?

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