Vanderbilt is starting to earn the respect of the SEC's coaches.
For the first time in decades, the Commodores put three players on the first unit of the Coaches' All-SEC team. Kicker Carey Spear, receiver Jordan Matthews, and cornerback Andre Hal were named the best at their positions in the nation's toughest football conference. Offensive tackle Wesley Johnson earned second-team recognition. All four players were named team captains by their peers earlier in the week.
While the list honored the 'Dores best players, there were a few notable snubs that failed to land on the coaches' first, second, or third teams. Safety Kenny Ladler, who was named as a preseason All-SEC pick by Phil Steele, didn't make the cut. Neither did punt returner Jonathan Krause, linebacker Chase Garnham, or defensive end Walker May. Those players can consider the coaches' selections bulletin board material as they prepare for next week's season opener against Ole Miss.
Here's the entire All-SEC list:
First-TeamQB – Aaron Murray, GeorgiaRB – Todd Gurley, GeorgiaRB – T.J. Yeldon, AlabamaWR – Amari Cooper, AlabamaWR – Jordan Matthews, VanderbiltTE – Arthur Lynch, GeorgiaOL – Jake Matthews, Texas A&MOL – Cyrus Kouandjio, AlabamaOL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi StateOL – Antonio Richardson, TennesseeC – Travis Swanson, Arkansas
Second-TeamQB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&MRB – LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi StateRB – Tre Mason, AuburnWR – Mike Evans, Texas A&MWR – Donte Moncrief, Ole MissTE – Rory Anderson, South CarolinaOL – Anthony Steen, AlabamaOL – Ja’Wuan James, TennesseeOL – Wesley Johnson, VanderbiltOL – *A.J. Cann, South CarolinaOL – *Chris Burnette, GeorgiaOL – *Zach Fulton, TennesseeOL – *Jon Halapio, FloridaC – Reese Dismukes, Auburn
Third-TeamQB – AJ McCarron, AlabamaRB – Alfred Blue, LSURB – Keith Marshall, GeorgiaWR – *Odell Beckham Jr., LSUWR – *Malcolm Mitchell, GeorgiaWR – *Dorial Green-Beckham, MissouriTE – *Brian Vogler, AlabamaTE – *C.J. Uzomah, AuburnOL – La’el Collins, LSUOL – David Hurd, ArkansasOL – Justin Britt, MissouriOL – Aaron Morris, Ole MissC – James Stone, Tennessee
First-TeamDL – Jadeveon Clowney, South CarolinaDL – Dominique Easley, FloridaDL – Anthony Johnson, LSUDL – Chris Smith, ArkansasLB – C.J. Mosley, AlabamaLB – A.J. Johnson, TennesseeLB – Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole MissDB – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, AlabamaDB – Craig Loston, LSUDB – Andre Hal, VanderbiltDB – Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
Second-TeamDL – Kelcy Quarles, South CarolinaDL – Daniel McCullers, TennesseeDL – *Ed Stinson, AlabamaDL – *Xzavier Dickson, AlabamaDL – *Jeoffrey Pagan, AlabamaLB – Lamin Barrow, LSULB – Jordan Jenkins, GeorgiaLB – Adrian Hubbard, AlabamaDB – Damian Swann, GeorgiaDB – Marcus Roberson, FloridaDB – E.J. Gaines, MissouriDB – Deion Belue, Alabama
Third-TeamDL – *Dee Ford, AuburnDL – *C.J. Johnson, Ole MissDL – *Ronald Powell, FloridaDL – *Alvin Dupree, KentuckyDL – *Denico Autry, Mississippi StateLB – Avery Williamson, KentuckyLB – Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi StateLB – *Ronald Powell, FloridaLB – *Trey DePriest, AlabamaDB – Deshazor Everett, Texas A&MDB – Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi StateDB – Vinnie Sunseri, AlabamaDB – Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss
SPECIALISTSFirst-TeamPK – Carey Spear, VanderbiltP – Kyle Christy, FloridaRS – Odell Beckham Jr., LSUAP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Second-TeamPK – Cody Parkey, AuburnP – *Tyler Campbell, Ole MissP – *Cody Mandell, AlabamaP – *Steven Clark, AuburnRS – Marcus Murphy, MissouriAP – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Third-TeamPK – *Andrew Baggett, MissouriPK – *Zach Hocker, ArkansasP – Michael Palardy, TennesseeRS – Bruce Ellington, South CarolinaAP – LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Here is a breakdown of how many players each SEC team had represented:
|Alabama Crimson Tide||5||7||4||16||33|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||2||3||1||6||13|
|Mississippi St. Bulldogs||1||1||4||6||9|
|Texas A&M Aggies||1||2||1||4||6|
Methodology: First team = 3 pts, Second team = 2 pts, Third team = 1 pt