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Five Vols Named Associated Press All-SEC
Dan Williams (55)

Dan Williams (55)

Dec. 7, 2009

The Tennessee football team had five of its players honored by the Associated Press on Monday as the organization's All-SEC teams were announced. Two Vols earned first-team honors and three more were selected to the second team.

UT's first-team selections came on the defensive side of the ball in junior safety Eric Berry and senior defensive tackle Dan Williams.

Berry was one of five unanimous selections after finishing the season second among league defensive backs with 83 total tackles. The Fairburn, Ga., native also posted six tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble returns for 48 yards.

He was named All-America by the AFCA for the second-straight year earlier this week. He is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the top defensive back in college football; the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's top overall defensive player; and the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

Berry was the selected first-team All-SEC and the league's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press last season.

Williams closed out his Tennessee career with 61 tackles, the fourth most by an interior lineman at Tennessee since 1990. The Memphis native led the Vols in quarterback hurries with nine and tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss.

UT's two offensive honorees were senior tackle Chris Scott and senior running back Montario Hardesty. Both earned second-team honors along with senior linebacker Rico McCoy.

Scott, from Riverdale, Ga., started all 12 games for the Vols protecting the blind side of quarterback Jonathan Crompton and did not allow a sack in more than 700 snaps. He also helped the Vols to 170 yards per game on the ground.

 

 

Hardesty, a native of New Bern, N.C., ranked third in the league in rushing at 108.8 yards per game and scored 12 touchdowns, tops among SEC backs that only played 12 games. His season total of 1,308 rushing yards is fifth-best total in school history and 156 yards shy of the school record.

McCoy led the team and finished third in the conference with a career-high 112 tackles. He also led the league and ranked sixth nationally with five forced fumbles. It was the Washington, D.C., native's second-career 100-tackle season as he made 106 stops as a sophomore in 2007. He was a second-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches last season. Their all-conference teams will be released Tuesday.

FIRST TEAM
Offense
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.

Defense
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.

SECOND TEAM
Offense
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.

Defense
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.

HONORABLE MENTION
Offense
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.

Defense
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

u-unanimous

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