SEC 2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

Athlon hands out its awards for the 2014 season.

The SEC’s trophy case is already full of championships during the BCS era, but the conference is set to once again welcome a handful of national award winners to its collection of previous talent. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper was one of the best players in the nation this year and is a lock for All-America honors after catching 115 passes. But Cooper isn’t the only Crimson Tide player likely to win awards, as coordinator Lane Kiffin was one of the top candidates for the Broyles Award that went to Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, and safety Landon Collins should be a first-team All-American.

 

Missouri is another one of the big winners in the award selections by Athlon Sports, as defensive end Shane Ray earns defensive player of the year honors. Ray and fellow end Markus Golden were both selected to the Athlon Sports first-team All-SEC squad.

 

Outside of the two division champs, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen checks in as coach of the year, while South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper is the league’s top breakout player.

 

2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Teams:
ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten Pac-12

 

SEC 2014 Season Awards

 

Coach of the Year: Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

Mullen elevated Mississippi State into the SEC and national title mix this season, guiding the program to a 10-2 mark with a second-place finish in the brutal West Division. The Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the first college football playoff rankings and ranked inside of the top four until a loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. Mullen’s 10-2 mark was the best of his tenure in Starkville, and the Bulldogs are set to make their first appearance in the Orange Bowl since 1940 this season.
 

Offensive Player of the Year: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Cooper was easily the best player in the SEC this season. The junior thrived under the watch of coordinator Lane Kiffin by catching 115 passes for 1,656 yards and 14 scores. Cooper averaged 14.4 yards per catch and nearly nine receptions per game (8.8.). The junior delivered in Alabama’s biggest games in 2014, including a huge performance (13 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns) in the Iron Bowl win over Auburn and a 12-catch afternoon against Missouri in the SEC Championship.
 

Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Strong consideration for Alabama safety Landon Collins and Missouri defensive end Markus Golden are needed here, but Ray gets the edge as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. The junior led all SEC defenders with 12.5 sacks, including two in a critical road win at South Carolina in late September. Ray also led all SEC defenders with 21 tackles for a loss, recorded 61 tackles and forced two fumbles.
 

Newcomer of the Year: D’haquille Williams, WR, Auburn
A knee injury slowed Williams in November, but he finished the season with 45 catches for 730 yards and five scores. The junior college transfer recorded four 100-yard performances and caught two scores against Mississippi State. Williams teamed with Sammie Coates to give Auburn one of the nation’s most-talented duos at receiver in 2014.

 

Freshman of the Year: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

It’s a tossup between Garrett, Georgia running back Nick Chubb and Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson. A slight edge goes to Garrett here, as it’s not easy being an impact defender as a true freshman in the SEC. Garrett was a bright spot for Texas A&M’s defense in 2014, recording 50 tackles (12.5 tackles for a loss), one pass breakup and 11 sacks in 11 games. Expect Garrett to be one of the leading candidates for All-America honors at defensive end in 2015.

 

Coordinator of the Year: Lane Kiffin, Offensive Coordinator, Alabama

Kiffin inherited plenty of talent, but the former USC coach was instrumental in the emergence of receiver Amari Cooper and the development of quarterback Blake Sims. Cooper was one of the nation’s top talents at receiver coming into 2014, but his numbers as a sophomore dipped after a promising freshman campaign. Under Kiffin’s watch, Cooper emerged as a Heisman finalist by catching 115 passes for 1,656 yards and 14 scores. Sims went into the preseason as a question mark, yet finished as a second-team All-SEC quarterback. Alabama averaged 6.4 yards per play and 34.2 points per contest in SEC games this season. The Crimson Tide also scored at least 40 points in each of their final three contests.

 

Breakout Player of the Year: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

Cooper caught only three passes for 54 yards last season, but big things were expected from the sophomore in 2014. And there’s no doubt Cooper delivered. The North Carolina native led all South Carolina receivers with 60 catches for 966 yards and eight scores. Cooper also rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns and recorded 78 punt return yards on 14 attempts. Cooper is expected to be one of the SEC’s top receivers and all-purpose threats returning for 2015.

 

SEC 2014 All-Conference Team
First-Team Offense Second-Team Offense
QB Dak Prescott
Mississippi State 
QB Blake Sims
Alabama 
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
Auburn 
RB Josh Robinson
Mississippi State 
RB Nick Chubb
Georgia 
RB T.J. Yeldon
Alabama 
WR Amari Cooper
Alabama 
WR Laquon Treadwell
Ole Miss 
WR Pharoh Cooper
South Carolina 
WR Bud Sasser
Missouri 
TE Evan Engram
Ole Miss 
TE Hunter Henry
Arkansas 
C Reese Dismukes
Auburn 
C David Andrews
Georgia 
OG Arie Kouandjio
Alabama 
OG Vadal Alexander
LSU 
OG A.J. Cann
South Carolina 
OG Ben Beckwith
Mississippi State 
OT La'El Collins
LSU 
OT Cam Robinson
Alabama 
OT Laremy Tunsil
Ole Miss 
OT Mitch Morse
Missouri 
AP Marcus Murphy
Missouri 
AP Speedy Noil
Texas A&M 
   
First-Team Defense Second-Team Defense
DE Shane Ray
Missouri 
DE Dante Fowler
Florida 
DE Markus Golden
Missouri 
DE Preston Smith
Mississippi State 
DE Myles Garrett
Texas A&M 
DE Derek Barnett
Tennessee 
DT A'Shawn Robinson
Alabama 
DT Robert Nkemdiche
Ole Miss 
DL/LB Bud Dupree
Kentucky 
LB Antonio Morrison
Florida 
LB Benardrick McKinney
Mississippi State 
LB Trey DePriest
Alabama 
LB Martrell Spaight
Arkansas 
LB Amarlo Herrera
Georgia 
CB Senquez Golson
Ole Miss 
CB Damian Swann
Georgia 
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Florida 
CB Jonathan Jones
Auburn 
S Landon Collins
Alabama 
S Braylon Webb
Missouri 
S Cody Prewitt
Ole Miss 
S Ronald Martin
LSU 
   
First-Team Specialists Second-Team Specialists
K Austin MacGinnis
Kentucky 
K Elliott Fry
South Carolina 
P JK Scott
Alabama 
P Jamie Keehn
LSU 
KR Marcus Murphy
Missouri 
KR Darrius Sims
Vanderbilt 
PR Quan Bray
Auburn 
PR Andre Debose
Florida 

 

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