SEC 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

Athlon hands out its awards from the 2016 season.

The 2016 season was an interesting year for the SEC. Alabama enters the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 overall team but every team in the SEC outside of the Crimson Tide had at least four losses.

 

While the 2016 campaign was largely a down year for most of the SEC, the league’s 14 teams still produced plenty of talent. Alabama led the way on Athlon Sports’ All-SEC team with 17 overall selections, with LSU and Florida tied for second with nine. Auburn was third with eight picks, while Texas A&M was next with six selections.

 

With the regular season completed and bowl season starting on Dec. 17, it’s time to recap and look back at the 2016 campaign. Athlon Sports offers its awards and honors the best players in the league with the first, second and third all-conference teams for the SEC:

 

SEC 2016 Season Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

Dobbs led all players in conference action this year, averaging 316.9 total yards per game in SEC contests. 

Runner Up: Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

Allen led the way in the trenches for Alabama's dominant defense this season. In addition to anchoring the top run defense in the nation, Allen accumulated 13 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 13 contests.

Runner Up: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

 

Coach of the Year: Nick Saban, Alabama

Another year, another dominant Alabama team. While winning at a high level is nothing new for Saban, he's done it in 2016 with a true freshman quarterback (Jalen Hurts) and enters the playoff as the clear favorite to win it all.

Runner Up: Mark Stoops, Kentucky

 

Freshman of the Year (Offense): Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama

A strong case could be made for Hurts as first-team All-SEC quarterback. The true freshman started 12 games for the Crimson Tide and averaged 264.1 total yards per contest.

Runner Up: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

 

Freshman of the Year (Defense): Leo Lewis, LB, Mississippi State

Lewis started all 12 games and was a key cog in Mississippi State's defense. The redshirt freshman ranked second on the team with 72 tackles (4.5 for a loss) and also recorded one pass breakup.

Runner Up: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

 

Offensive Coordinator of the Year: Lane Kiffin, Alabama

Since arriving in Tuscaloosa, Kiffin has successfully blended the up-tempo and spread looks with Alabama's physical ground game. Despite the loss of running back Derrick Henry and a true freshman (Jalen Hurts) under center, the Crimson Tide averaged 39.8 points a game in SEC contests this year - up from 31.2 in 2015.

Runner Up: Eddie Gran, Kentucky

 

Defensive Coordinator of the Year: Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama

Pruitt returned to Tuscaloosa after Kirby Smart left for Georgia and helped Nick Saban mold the nation's best defense. The Crimson Tide allowed only 11.8 points per game and just 3.94 yards per play.

Runner Up: Dave Aranda, LSU

 

Newcomer of the Year: Trevor Knight, QB, Texas A&M

In addition to his on-field production, Knight was a stabilizing force and a leader for an offense that ended 2015 with uncertainty about its quarterback position after two players left College Station. In 10 games, Knight accounted for 2,716 total yards and 26 touchdowns.

Runner Up: Darius James, OL, Auburn

 

Breakout Player: Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn

A late-season injury slowed Pettway in November, but the sophomore still finished with 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns.

Runner Up: Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

 

SEC 2016 Postseason All-Conference Team
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

QB

Joshua Dobbs

Tennessee 

Jalen Hurts

Alabama 

Chad Kelly

Ole Miss 

RB

Rawleigh Williams

Arkansas 

Ralph Webb

Vanderbilt 

Leonard Fournette

LSU 

RB

Kamryn Pettway

Auburn 

Derrius Guice

LSU 

Boom Williams

Kentucky 

AP

Christian Kirk

Texas A&M 

Alvin Kamara

Tennessee 

Calvin Ridley (WR)

Alabama  

WR

Josh Reynolds

Texas A&M 

Fred Ross

Miss. State 

Antonio Callaway

Florida 

WR

ArDarius Stewart

Alabama 

J'Mon Moore

Missouri 

Josh Malone

Tennessee 

TE

Evan Engram

Ole Miss 

O.J. Howard

Alabama 

Jeremy Sprinkle

Arkansas 

C

Frank Ragnow

Arkansas 

Bradley Bozeman 

Alabama 

Martez Ivey (OL)

Florida 

OL

Cam Robinson

Alabama 

Josh Boutte

LSU 

Will Clapp

LSU 

OL

Ethan Pocic (C)

LSU 

Jon Toth (C)

Kentucky 

Paul Adams

Missouri 

OL

Braden Smith

Auburn 

Justin Senior

Miss. State 

Alex Kozan

Auburn 

OL

Jonah Williams

Alabama 

Robert Leff

Auburn 

Will Holden

Vanderbilt 

       
 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

DL

Derek Barnett

Tennessee 

Charles Harris

Missouri 

Dalvin Tomlinson

Alabama 

DL

Myles Garrett

Texas A&M 

Caleb Brantley

Florida  

Darius English

South Carolina 

DL

Jonathan Allen

Alabama 

Carl Lawson

Auburn 

Trent Thompson

Georgia 

DL

Arden Key

LSU 

Montravius Adams

Auburn  

Marquis Haynes

Ole Miss 

LB

Zach Cunningham

Vanderbilt 

Ryan Anderson

Alabama 

Shaan Washington

Texas A&M 

LB

Tim Williams

Alabama 

Kendell Beckwith

LSU 

Jordan Jones

Kentucky 

LB

Reuben Foster

Alabama 

Jarrad Davis

Florida 

Roquan Smith

Georgia 

CB

Tre'Davious White

LSU 

Quincy Wilson

Florida 

Carlton Davis

Auburn 

CB

Jalen Tabor

Florida 

Aarion Penton

Missouri 

Marlon Humphrey

Alabama 

S

Minkah Fitzpatrick 

Alabama 

Justin Evans

Texas A&M 

Eddie Jackson

Alabama 

S

Jamal Adams

LSU 

Marcus Maye

Florida 

Mike Edwards

Kentucky 

       
 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

K

Daniel Carlson

Auburn 

Eddy Pineiro

Florida 

Gary Wunderlich

Ole Miss 

P

JK Scott

Alabama 

Johnny Townsend

Florida 

Toby Baker

Arkansas 

KR

Darrius Sims

Vanderbilt 

Evan Berry

Tennessee 

Carlos Davis

Ole Miss 

PR

Christian Kirk

Texas A&M 

Eddie Jackson

Alabama 

Isaiah McKenzie

Georgia 

 

Event Date: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 16:58

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