Five Tigers on AP All-SEC Football Teams
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Five members of the LSU football team have earned recognition on the 2009 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference first, second and honorable mention teams, it was announced by the organization on Monday.
Senior offensive tackle Ciron Black was named to the first team. Senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell, sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson and junior safety Chad Jones earned spots on the second team. Senior return specialist Trindon Holliday was an honorable mention selection.
LSU has placed 16 players on the AP All-SEC first team since 2005 and 24 players on the first and second teams since head coach Les Miles’ first season. The Tigers accepted a bid to the 2010 Capital One Bowl on Sunday to play Penn State on New Year’s Day in Orlando, Fla.
Black, a native of Tyler, Texas, has started 52 straight games at left tackle, which has tied the school record of consecutive starts set by Andrew Whitworth. With one more start in the Capital One Bowl, Black will become the school’s record holder in that category. Black was a second-team All-SEC selection last season.
LaFell, a native of Houston, has caught 52 passes for 705 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 touchdown receptions are tied for fourth in the LSU single-season record books. For his career, LaFell has hauled in 170 passes, which is third in school history, while his 24 career touchdown catches is just two shy of tying the LSU record of 26 set by Dwayne Bowe.
Peterson, one of the nation’s elite cornerbacks, ranked third in the SEC in passes defended with 14. The sophomore registered 47 tackles and two interceptions while returning a blocked field goal 53 yards for a touchdown at Ole Miss.
Jones, a two-sport standout from Baton Rouge, led all LSU defensive backs in tackles with 66, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He racked up three interceptions, five pass breakups and returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown at Mississippi State.
Holliday, a native of Zachary, has returned 18 punts for 319 yards and one score this season. His 87-yard punt return for a touchdown against Arkansas was the second of his career. Holliday has added 474 yards on 20 kick returns. His 1,743 yards in kick returns ranks third in LSU history.
The 2009 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team released Monday, with player's position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection):
WR - Shay Hodge, Mississippi, 6-2, 207, Sr.
WR - A.J. Green, Georgia, 6-4, 207, So.
L - Mike Johnson, Alabama, 6-5, 303, Sr.
L - Ciron Black, LSU, 6-5, 322, Sr.
L - Mike Pouncey, Florida, 6-5, 315, Jr.
L - John Jerry, Mississippi, 6-6, 335, Sr.
C - Maurkice Pouncey, Florida, 6-5, 310, Jr.
TE - Aaron Hernandez, Florida, 6-2, 250, Jr.
QB - Tim Tebow, Florida, 6-3, 240, Sr.
RB - u-Mark Ingram, Alabama, 5-10, 212, So.
RB - Anthony Dixon, Mississippi St., 6-1, 235, Sr.
K - Leigh Tiffin, Alabama, 6-2, 212, Sr.
All-Purpose - Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 5-9, 170, Sr.
All-Purpose - Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 188, So.
E - Antonio Coleman, Auburn, 6-3, 261, Sr.
E - Carlos Dunlap, Florida, 6-6, 290, Jr.
T - u-Terrence Cody, Alabama, 6-5, 354, Sr.
T - Dan Williams, Tennessee, 6-3, 327, Sr.
LB - u-Rolando McClain, Alabama, 6-4, 258, Jr.
LB - u-Eric Norwood, South Carolina, 6-1, 252, Sr.
LB - Rennie Curran, Georgia, 5-11, 225, Jr.
CB - Javier Arenas, Alabama, 5-9, 195, Sr.
CB - Joe Haden, Florida, 5-11, 190, Jr.
S - u-Eric Berry, Tennessee, 5-11, 203, Jr.
S - Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 214, So.
P - Drew Butler, Georgia, 6-2, 203, So.
WR - Joe Adams, Arkansas, 5-10, 182, So.
WR - Riley Cooper, Florida, 6-3, 215, Sr.
WR - Brandon LaFell, LSU, 6-3, 206, Sr.
L - Clint Boling, Georgia, 6-5, 297, Jr.
L - Chris Scott, Tennessee, 6-5, 346, Sr.
L - James Carpenter, Alabama, 6-5, 300, Jr.
L - Mitch Petrus, Arkansas, 6-4, 315, Sr.
C - Ryan Pugh, Auburn, 6-4, 289, Jr.
TE - Colin Peek, Alabama, 6-6, 255, Sr.
QB - Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 6-7, 238, So.
RB - Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 5-9, 170, Sr.
RB - Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 6-0, 215, Sr.
RB - Ben Tate, Auburn, 5-11, 218, Sr.
K - Blair Walsh, Georgia, 5-10, 185, So.
All-Purpose - Derrick Locke, Kentucky, 5-9, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - Javier Arenas, Alabama, 5-9, 195, Sr.
E - Jermaine Cunningham, Florida, 6-3, 257, Sr.
E - Justin Houston, Georgia, 6-3, 259, So.
E - Pernell McPhee, Mississippi St., 6-4, 275, Jr.
T - Geno Atkins, Georgia, 6-1, 290, Sr.
T - Corey Peters, Kentucky, 6-3, 295, Sr.
T - Jerrell Powe, Mississippi, 6-2, 330, Jr.
T - Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas, 6-2, 291, Sr.
LB - Brandon Spikes, Florida, 6-4, 255, Sr.
LB - Sam Maxwell, Kentucky, 6-3, 248, Sr.
LB - Rico McCoy, Tennessee, 6-1, 220, Sr.
CB - Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 211, So.
CB - Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 205, Sr.
CB - Walt McFadden, Auburn, 6-0, 175, Sr.
S - Chad Jones, LSU, 6-3, 231, Jr.
S - Chris Culliver, South Carolina, 6-0, 190, Jr.
P - Chas Henry, Florida, 6-4, 222, Jr.
Zipp Duncan, T, Kentucky, 6-5, 291, Sr.; Trindon Holliday, All-Purpose, LSU, 5-5, 161, Sr.; Lee Ziemba, T, Auburn, 6-8, 308, Jr.
Ahmad Black, S, Florida, 5-9, 185, Jr.; Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 230, So.; Cliff Matthews, E, South Carolina, 6-4, 249, Jr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mark Ingram, Alabama
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rolando McClain, Alabama
COACH OF THE YEAR
Nick Saban, Alabama
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Warren Norman, Vanderbilt