Herman Lathers (34)
Dec. 16, 2009
Tennessee offensive tackle Aaron Douglas earned Freshman All-America honors Wednesday from the Sporting News.
The Maryville product, who moved from tight end to tackle during fall camp, started nine straight games at right tackle after being inserted into the lineup Sept. 26 versus Ohio. Douglas graded at 96 percent on assignments in his 11 games played, with 58 knockdown blocks to rank second on a UT offensive line that features four seniors.
Douglas was responsible for just three penalties this season, fewer than any other Tennessee offensive line starter, and allowed just 1.5 sacks in 656 total plays.
"It's a tremendous honor for a great worker," UT offensive line coach James Cregg said. "He certainly worked hard for it. Being a freshman, he stepped up for us and made a great contribution to this team. He's well deserving of this honor."
Douglas earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following Tennessee's 56-28 win over Memphis (Nov. 7). He was the only freshman to earn the league's Offensive Lineman of the Week award this season.
Tennessee's offensive line has given up an average of one sack per game this season, which ranks 12th nationally and leads the SEC. The Vols are rushing for 170 yards per game and have scored 18 rushing touchdowns this season.
Douglas already has earned a Coaches Freshman All-SEC team nod, and Wednesday he was joined by teammate Herman Lathers on the Sporting News Freshman All-SEC squad.
Lathers, who also made the Coaches list, ranks fifth on the team in tackles this year with 40. He moved into the starting lineup against Memphis and started all four November contests.
The Baton Rouge, La., native turned in a standout performance against Vanderbilt, racking up 12 total tackles. That game was sandwiched between a seven-tackle performance against Mississippi and a six-tackle effort versus Kentucky.