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Texas A&M Football Earns Four SEC Awards

December 05, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The Texas A&M football team's 10-2 inaugural season in the Southeastern Confererence yielded four more honors, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Earning individual awards from the SEC were head coach Kevin Sumlin, junior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel. Joeckel and Manziel are both in Orlando, Fla., for the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be televised at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday on ESPN.

Sumlin shared the SEC Coach of the Year honor with Florida's Will Muschamp, after leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record and a berth in the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. It was Texas A&M's first 10-win season since 1998 and the 12th in program history. The Aggies compiled a 6-2 conference record in their first year in the rugged Southeastern Conference. Sumlin's 10 wins were the most by a first-year Texas A&M head coach, bettering the eight wins compiled by R.C. Slocum in 1989 and D.X. Bible in 1917.

Joeckel, a junior from Arlington, Texas, earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given annually to the top blocker in the SEC, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the South Conference. Joeckel has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort. The Aggies lead the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in total offense with a 552.3 per game average and rank No. 4 in scoring with 44.8 points per game while averaging nearly 80 plays per game.

Manziel, a freshman from Kerrville, Texas, was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year after a record-setting first season of action. He is the first freshman to win the SEC Offensive Player of the Year honor since Georgia's Herschel Walker in 1980. Manziel broke the SEC record for total offense in a game originally set by Archie Manning of Ole Miss in 1969 with 557 yards against Arkansas and then re-broke his own record with 576 total yards against Louisiana Tech. He went on to break 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton's SEC's season total offense record with 4,600 yards through Texas A&M's first 12 games.

Now in its 22nd year, the Home Depot College Football Awards features the live presentation of:
• Nine National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) player awards
• The NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award to Ara Parseghian
• The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
• The Disney Spirit Award
• Student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team and The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®

Joeckel will be vying with Alabama's Barrett Jones and North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper for the Outland Trophy, which is given to college football's top interior lineman. Manziel is a finalist for a pair of awards - the Maxwell Award (top player) and the Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback). Joining Manziel as a finalist for the Maxwell Award is Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, and Manziel is joined by Klein and Ohio State's Braxton Miller as finalists for the O'Brien Award.

ESPN has announced the celebrity presenters for each award. The Maxwell Award will be presented by College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Ward, who won the award while at Florida State in 1993. The O'Brien Award will be presented by former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge, who won the award in 1982. The Outland will be presented by former Nebraska lineman Will Shields, who won the award in 1992.

2012 SEC AWARDS (* - Ties )

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Caleb Sturgis, Florida
*Ace Sanders, South Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Barrett Jones, Alabama

JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY
Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
*Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
*Will Muschamp, Florida

2012 All-SEC Coaches' Football Team
(*-Ties) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
TE - Mychal Rivera, Tennessee
OL - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Chance Warmack, Alabama
D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
C - Barrett Jones, Alabama
WR - Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida
Eddie Lacy, Alabama
AP - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

DEFENSE
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Sam Montgomery, LSU
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Sharrif Floyd, Florida
LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Kevin Minter, LSU
DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama
Matt Elam, Florida
Eric Reid, LSU
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Caleb Sturgis, Florida
P - Kyle Christy, Florida
RS - Ace Sanders, South Carolina

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
TE - Jordan Reed, Florida
OL - Larry Warford, Kentucky
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Chris Burnette, Georgia
Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
C - T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Justin Hunter, Tennessee
QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia
Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
AP - Ace Sanders, South Carolina

DEFENSE
DL - Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
John Jenkins, Georgia
Corey Lemonier, Auburn
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Jon Bostic, Florida
*Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State
*Alec Ogletree, Georgia
DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
Robert Lester, Alabama
Darius Slay, Mississippi State

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Drew Alleman, LSU
P - * Dylan Breeding, Arkansas
* Richard Kent, Vanderbilt
RS - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
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2012 Associated Press All-SEC Football Team
(u-unanimous selection):

FIRST TEAM
Offense
WR - u-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr.
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Jr.
L - Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.
L - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.
L - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr.

L - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, Jr.
C - u-Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
TE - Jordan Reed, Florida, 6-3, 243, Jr.
QB - u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 218, Fr.
RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida, 5-11, 209, Sr.
K - Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 184, Sr.
All-Purpose - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6-3, 205, Jr.

Defense
T - Sharrif Floyd, Florida,6-3, 303, Jr.
T - Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr.
E - u-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.
E - Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
LB - u-Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.
LB - Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2, 245, Jr.
CB - u-Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Sr.
CB - u-Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
S - Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 202, Jr.
S - Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P - Kyle Christy, Florida, 6-2, 199, So.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr.
WR - Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-11, 200, Sr.
L - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr.
L - Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr.
L - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 332, So.
L - Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 310, Sr.
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6-5, 305, Jr.
TE - Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 6-3, 244, Sr.
QB - A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr.
RB - Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr.
K - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 190, Jr.

All-Purpose - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-8, 175, Jr.

Defense

T - Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 320, Sr.
T - John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 358, Sr.
T - Bennie Logan, LSU, 6-3, 295, Jr.
E - Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5, 260, Jr.
LB - Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 232, Jr.
LB - Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State, 6-3, 230, Sr.
LB - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr.
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 203, Fr.
CB - Andrew Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 184, Jr.
CB - Marcus Robertson, Florida, 6-0, 178, So.
S - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr.
S - Craig Loston, LSU, 6-2, 205, Jr.
S - Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210, Sr.
P - Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION
Offense
La'el Collins, L, LSU, 6-5, 321, So.; Josh Dworaczyk, L, LSU, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Wesley Johnson, L, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 285, Jr.; Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Jr.; Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, 6-1, 210, Jr.

Defense
Robert Lester, S, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Chris Smith, E, Arkansas, 6-3, 251, Jr.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jarvis Jones, Georgia

COACH OF THE YEAR
Kevin Sumlim, Texas A&M

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

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