7 Vols Make All-SEC Teams

December 4, 2007

(utsports.com) -- Tennessee placed three student-athletes on the 2007 Coaches All-Southeastern Conference first team and another four on the second team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Anthony Parker made the first team offensive line, while Jerod Mayo was among the top linebackers named and Jonathan Hefney a member of the first secondary unit. Second team representatives were linebacker Rico McCoy, punter Britton Colquitt, freshman defensive back Eric Berry and freshman placekicker Daniel Lincoln.

Hefney and Colquitt are repeat selections from one year ago, although Hefney was a second-team choice in 2006 and Colquitt earned first-team honors. McCoy was a member of last season’s Freshman All-SEC squad.

Parker continues to receive acclaim for his fine junior season. The junior guard was named last week by Rivals.com as a third-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. The Vols have allowed only four sacks in 13 games this season, averaging one sack every 122.8 pass attempts. The next closest teams in sacks allowed are Rutgers with nine and Arkansas 10.

Parker has experience all along the offensive front, having made 25 career starts. The Jonesboro, Ga., native’s versatility shows in the fact that his first career start came as a freshman center in a road win at LSU, followed by 12 starts in 2006 at right guard and all 12 starts this year at left guard.

Mayo was Tennessee’s defensive leader down the stretch and is the SEC’s leading tackler. The junior earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his 19-tackle effort Nov. 24 at Kentucky, one week after compiling a then-career high 15 tackles against Vanderbilt. He followed those numbers with a game-high 15 tackles in the SEC Championship Game against LSU, and the Hampton, Va., product leads all conference defenders with 127 total hits.

Hefney also had an outstanding performance in the Georgia Dome, finishing with 10 tackles and one pass breakup. Tennessee’s senior leader stands 15th among league tacklers with 88 and has performed brilliantly this season in guiding a gifted but young secondary toward its best football down the stretch.

One of those rookies was the freshman sensation Berry, who intercepted his fifth pass Saturday against LSU and already owns a school-record 222 interception return yards. That figure is second in league history and complements his 83 total tackles, best among SEC freshmen.

McCoy eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau Saturday and for the season has 106, good enough for sixth-best in the conference. The sophomore has 41/2 tackles for loss this season along with four pass breakups.

Colquitt was the consensus All-SEC punter one year ago and bounced back from an early-season injury to register a 41.5-yard punting average in 2007. He has a personal season-high 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line against only four touchbacks this year, and his career punting average stands at 42.4 -- fourth on the all-time UT charts.

Lincoln already has been named to the Rivals.com All-Freshman national second team and Sporting News All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman squads behind his 21-of-28 showing on field goals. He has game-winning kicks against South Carolina and Vanderbilt and added four field goals in the 12-point victory at Mississippi State.

Tennessee’s seven honorees trailed only LSU with 10 and Arkansas and Florida with eight apiece. The Vols’ three firstteam selections were behind only LSU’s seven and four apiece from Alabama and Arkansas.

2007 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
TE Jacob Tamme Kentucky 6-5 240 Sr. Danville, Ky.
OL Robert Felton Arkansas 6-4 320 Sr. Houston, Texas
OL Andre Smith Alabama 6-4 348 So. Birmingham, Ala.
OL Anthony Parker Tennessee 6-3 305 Jr. Jonesboro, Ga.
OL *Herman Johnson LSU 6-7 356 Jr. Olla, La.
OL *Michael Oher Ole Miss 6-5 325 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
OL *Chris Williams Vanderbilt 6-6 320 Sr. Glynn, La.
C Jonathan Luigs Arkansas 6-4 315 Jr. Little Rock, Ark.
WR Kenny McKinley South Carolina 6-0 177 Jr. Mableton, Ga.
WR Earl Bennett Vanderbilt 6-1 202 Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
QB Tim Tebow Florida 6-3 235 So. Jacksonville, Fla.
RB # Darren McFadden Arkansas 6-2 215 Jr. Little Rock, Ark.
RB Knowshon Moreno Georgia 5-11 207 Fr. Belford, N.J.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
TE Cornelius Ingram Florida 6-4 230 Jr. Hawthorne, Fla.
OL Carlton Medder Florida 6-5 319 Sr. Clermont, Fla.
OL Michael Brown Mississippi State 6-5 300 Jr. College Park, Ga.
OL *Ciron Black LSU 6-5 320 So. Tyler, Texas
OL *Antoine Caldwell Alabama 6-4 288 Jr. Montgomery, Ala.
OL *Nate Garner Arkansas 6-7 318 Sr. Roland, Ark.
OL *Mitch Petrus Arkansas 6-4 300 Jr. Carlisle, Ark.
OL *Jim Tartt Florida 6-3 316 Jr. Sopchoppy, Fla.
OL *Garry Williams Kentucky 6-4 325 Jr. Louisville, Ky.
C Fernando Velasco Georgia 6-4 318 Sr. Wrens, Ga.
WR Percy Harvin Florida 5-11 187 So. Virginia Beach, Va.
WR DJ Hall Alabama 6-3 186 Sr. Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
QB Andre’ Woodson Kentucky 6-5 230 Sr. Radcliff, Ky.
RB Felix Jones Arkansas 6-0 207 Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
RB Jacob Hester LSU 6-0 228 Sr. Shreveport, La.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
DL # Glenn Dorsey LSU 6-2 303 Sr. Gonzales, La.
DL Wallace Gilberry Alabama 6-4 264 Sr. Bay Minette, Ala.
DL *Quentin Groves Auburn 6-3 254 Sr. Greenville, Miss.
DL *Greg Hardy Ole Miss 6-5 255 So. Millington, Tenn.
DL *Eric Norwood South Carolina 6-0 258 So. Acworth, Ga.
LB # Ali Highsmith LSU 6-1 225 Sr. Miami, Fla.
LB # Wesley Woodyard Kentucky 6-1 212 Sr. LaGrange, Ga.
LB Jerod Mayo Tennessee 6-2 230 Jr. Hampton, Va.
LB Brandon Spikes Florida 6-3 243 So. Shelby, N.C.
DB # Craig Steltz LSU 6-2 209 Sr. New Orleans, La.
DB Chevis Jackson LSU 6-0 184 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
DB * Simeon Castille Alabama 6-1 189 Sr. Birmingham, Ala.
DB * Rashad Johnson Alabama 6-0 186 Jr. Sulligent, Ala.
DB * Jonathan Hefney Tennessee 5-9 185 Sr. Rock Hill, S.C.
DB * Captain Munnerlyn South Carolina 5-9 180 So. Mobile, Ala.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
DL Titus Brown Mississippi State 6-3 250 Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
DL Derrick Harvey Florida 6-4 262 Jr. Greenbelt, Md.
DL Jeremy Jarmon Kentucky 6-3 268 So. Collierville, Tenn.
LB Jonathan Goff Vanderbilt 6-4 235 Sr. Lynn, Mass.
LB Rico McCoy Tennessee 6-1 215 So. Washington, D.C.
LB Darry Beckwith LSU 6-1 230 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
LB *Jamar Chaney Mississippi State 6-1 236 Jr. Fort Pierce, Fla.
LB *Dannell Ellerbe Georgia 6-1 232 Jr. Hamlet, N.C.
DB D.J. Moore Vanderbilt 5-10 180 So. Spartanburg, S.C.
DB Emanuel Cook South Carolina 5-11 211 So. Riviera Beach, Fla.
DB Michael Grant Arkansas 5-11 186 Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga.
DB *Eric Berry Tennessee 5-11 195 Fr. Fairburn, Ga.
DB *Derek Pegues Mississippi State 5-10 196 Jr. Batesville, Miss.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
PK Colt David LSU 5-9 173 Jr. Grapevine, Texas
P Patrick Fisher LSU 6-5 238 Sr. Hyattsville, Md.
RS Felix Jones Arkansas 6-0 207 Jr. Tulsa, Okla.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
PK Daniel Lincoln Tennessee 6-0 204 Fr. Ocala, Fla.
P *Britton Colquitt Tennessee 6-3 205 Jr. Knoxville, Tenn.
P *Ryan Shoemaker Auburn 6-0 188 Fr. Birmingham, Ala.
RS Brandon James Florida 5-6 181 So. St. Augustine, Fla.


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