The Gridiron Now 2017 All-SEC team has a West Division lean, with 16 of the 25 first-teamers (offense, defense and special teams) coming from schools in that division.
• We picked a position-specific team (well, to an extent), with two tackles, two guards and a center on offense, as well as delineating between tackles and ends and corners and safeties on defense. We did not worry about specific safety spots, nor did we differentiate between inside and outside linebackers on defense.
• We went with a traditional two-back, one-tight end set on offense on the first team; one the second team, we went with a three-receiver set. We also went with a 3-4 look on our first- and second-team defenses.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith are the GN offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.
On to the teams. There are representatives from all but one league school.
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QB Drew Lock, Missouri
RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
The skinny: Lock set an SEC single-season with 43 TD passes, a figure that leads the nation going into the bowls. Lock also has thrown for 3,695 yards. Johnson leads the SEC in rushing yards at 1,320 despite missing one game and also in rushing yards per game at 120.0. He has 17 rushing TDs, and also has two receiving TDs and a TD pass. Snell is second in the SEC in rushing at 1,318 yards and leads with 18 rushing TDs. Snell often seemed like a one-man show in UK’s backfield, and he provided almost two-thirds of the Wildcats’ rushing yards (64.7 percent, to be precise).
WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
The skinny: It didn’t matter who was at quarterback for the Rebels — Brown produced in a big way. He leads the SEC in each of the big three receiving categories: receptions with 75, receiving yards with 1,252 and TD receptions with 11 (he’s tied in that category). Kirk suffered a bit from uneven quarterback play, but still had 58 receptions and seven TDs; he also was as dangerous with the ball in his hands as any player in the league. Hurst led all SEC tight ends with 41 receptions and also showed off improved blocking skills.
T Jonah Williams, Alabama
T Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
G Tre’vour Simms, Missouri
G Braden Smith, Auburn
C Will Clapp, LSU
The skinny: Williams started on the right side as a true freshman last season, then moved seamlessly to the left side this season and was the Tide’s best lineman. Wynn is a tenacious grinder; while best-suited to play guard, he again was the Bulldogs’ left tackle and opened holes for the running backs and helped keep Jake Fromm upright. Mizzou’s offensive line gets zero attention, which is too bad. Simms helped the Tigers averaged 199.6 rushing yards per game; in addition, Simms and his linemates surrendered just 12 sacks (second-fewest in the league). Smith was the league’s best lineman and cleared the way for Johnson. Clapp provided a steady presence in the middle of an LSU line that went through what seemed to be weekly upheaval.
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