Dec. 4, 2006
Punter Britton Colquitt, defensive tackle Turk McBride, wide receiver Robert Meachem, offensive tackle Arron Sears and placekicker James Wilhoit were selected to the first team, while Jonathan Hefney and Jonathan Wade received second-team acclaim. Tennessee's seven players named were second only to the 10 from Arkansas. Auburn, Georgia and LSU had six selections apiece.
A senior from Russellville, Ala., Sears joined Arkansas' Darren McFadden as the team's only unanimous selections. He was named last week a first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and Rivals.com, and is contending for the Jacobs Award as the SEC's top blocker.
Meachem also was a first-team All-America pick by Rivals.com. The junior from Tulsa, Okla., set a Tennessee season record this year with 1,265 receiving yards on 67 catches thus far and hauled in 11 touchdown passes. Meachem leads the SEC and is third nationally with a 105.4-yard per game receiving average.
Colquitt leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with a 45.0-yard punting average. He has 16 punts downed inside 20 this year versus only four touchbacks. The sophomore from Knoxville was incredibly consistent in 2006, averaging at least 41 yards per punt in 10 of 11 games this season.
McBride ended the regular season being named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. The senior Camden, N.J., who played the season's first three games at end before moving to tackle because of a teammate's injury, leads all conference defensive tackles with 64 total stops.
Wilhoit is the SEC's active scoring leader with 321 career points. His will finish his career second on UT's all-time scoring list and is five points from tying for sixth on the SEC chart. The Hendersonville senior also leads the league with a 7.7-point scoring average, having connected on 17-of-21 field goals and 41 extra-points.
Hefney has five interceptions in his last nine games to improve to third in the SEC. Tennessee's leading returning tackler from 2005 has taken over the team lead this year as well with 93 total hits, good enough sixth in the league. In addition, the Rock Hill, S.C., junior stands fourth in the SEC in punt returns with a 12.8-yard average.
Wade leads the SEC and is eighth nationally with 17 passes defensed. His recent interception against Vanderbilt was his fourth this season. A senior from Shreveport, La., Wade was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against South Carolina, where he had a hand in stopping three Gamecock drives.
Coker finished the regular season as the leading freshman rusher and seventh overall among SEC ball-carriers with an average of 66.0 yards per game (660 yards). An Antioch native, he already owns two of the four longest runs (89, 87) in UT history despite playing in just 10 games because of a knee sprain.
McNeil made his collegiate starting debut in the season's fourth game and never relinquished the role. The Vols allowed only 17 sacks -- third-fewest in the league -- against 378 pass attempts -- second-most in the league. A Collins, Miss., product, McNeil appeared in every game this year except one.
2006 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC TEAMS
|FIRST TEAM - OFFENSE|
|K (tie)||James Wilhoit||Tennessee||5-10||195||Sr.|
|K (tie)||John Vaughn||Auburn||6-1||197||Sr.|
|FIRST TEAM - DEFENSE|
|LB||Quinton Culberson||Mississippi St.||6-0||239||Sr.|
|LB||Jasper Brinkley||South Carolina||6-2||250||Jr.|
|SECOND TEAM - OFFENSE|
|All Purpose||Felix Jones||Arkansas||6-0||200||So.|
|SECOND TEAM - DEFENSE|
|E||Titus Brown||Mississippi St.||6-3||247||Jr.|
|T||Deljuan Robinson||Mississippi St.||6-4||296||Sr.|
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES
Brian Anderson, G, Mississippi State; Cole Bennett, TE, Auburn; Antoine Caldwell, C-G, Alabama; Jamon Meredith, T, South Carolina; Michael Oher, T, Mississippi; Steve Rissler, C, Florida; Brian Stamper, T, Vanderbilt; Ryan Succop, K, South Carolina
Jamaal Anderson, E, Arkansas; Fred Bennett, DB, South Carolina; Jonathan Goff, LB, Vanderbilt; Marquies Gunn, E, Auburn; David Irons, DB, Auburn; Ray McDonald, T, Florida; Quentin Moses, E, Georgia; Jarvis Moss, E, Florida; Paul Oliver, DB, Georgia; Derek Pegues, DB, Mississippi St.; Andrew Powell, T, Mississippi St.; Marcus Thomas, T, Florida; Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darren McFadden, Arkansas
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Patrick Willis, Mississippi
COACH OF THE YEAR
Houston Nutt, Arkansas
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Percy Harvin, Florida