SEC Football: The All-Offense Bowl Team for the Conference
The bowl season has come and gone for the SEC, and we are left with the memories of big performances by big-time players.
With nine teams playing in eight bowl games, there was plenty of postseason SEC action.
Bowl games allow for a senior to end his college career with a big day or allow a younger player to gain confidence and momentum for next season.
In this slide show we will focus on the offensive side of the ball.
The following slides detail my All-Offense Bowl Team for the SEC this year.
Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
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WR: Tavarres King, Georgia
In the Georgia loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, King was a big-time highlight for the Bulldogs. The talented junior had a huge day, catching six balls for 205 yards and a touchdown.
WR: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
The junior not only made the biggest single play in the Capital One Bowl, grabbing a Hail Mary pass and leaping into the end zone just before halftime, he also managed to catch four passes for a big 148 yards in the game.
TE: Brad Smelley, Alabama
The big senior hauled in seven passes for 38 yards in the BCS National Championship Game. He also made several key blocks in the run game and constantly helped against the LSU pass rush.
Honorable Mention: Emory Blake, Auburn
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RB: Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
The speedy junior back ran for 109 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's win over Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I place him here over a strong performance by Alabama's Trent Richardson in the national title game because McCalebb stepped up, as a backup, and led the Tigers' running game in the absence of starter Michael Dyer. Many people questioned if Auburn could run the ball without Dyer and McCalebb stepped up and delivered.
RB: Vick Ballard, Mississippi State
In the biggest overall performance of the bowl season, Ballard ripped through the Wake Forest defense for 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His efforts gave the Bulldogs a win in the Music City Bowl over the Demon Deacons.
Honorable Mention: Trent Richardson, Alabama
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QB: Connor Shaw, South Carolina
After some struggles this season, many people questioned whether Connor Shaw was capable of leading South Carolina over a tough Nebraska defense. He answered those critics with a solid effort, passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions in the impressive victory over the Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl.
Honorable Mention: A.J. McCarron, Alabama
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OL: Barrett Jones, Alabama
Jones protected Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron all game long and blocked for a run game that ended up with 150 yards in the national championship win over LSU.
OL: Brandon Mosly, Auburn
The big senior lineman helped open holes for the Tiger backs in the win over Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn ended up with 273 rushing yards in the game.
C: William Vlachos, Alabama
The leader of the national champion Alabama offensive line, Vlachos made impressive blocks all game long and, unlike LSU, had no trouble with the center-to-quarterback exchange.
OL: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Behind the blocking of Jackson and the Bulldog offensive line, Mississippi State backs ran for over 250 yards against Wake Forest. Jackson is just a sophomore and, like he did all season, showed major skill and power in the Music City Bowl.
OL: Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina
Watkins and the Gamecock line kept quarterback Connor Shaw from being pressured too much by a strong Nebraska defense. Watkins also had a big day run blocking, as the Gamecocks rolled for 154 rush yards in the Capital One Bowl win.
Honorable Mention: Quentin Saulsberry, Mississippi State
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KR: Brandon Boykin, Georgia
Although Georgia lost to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, Georgia wasn't lacking big plays. Boykin provided several, including a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown. He added four kick returns for 70 yards in the game.
PK: Jeremy Shelley, Alabama
Shelley was much criticized and analyzed after missing key kicks against LSU in Bama's regular-season loss to LSU in November. However, he came through as the hero in the rematch, making five of his seven kicks and helping Alabama win the national title.
P: Brad Wing, LSU
Not good for LSU that the punter is their only player to make this team. Wing had a crazy nine punts in the game against Alabama for 411 yards, averaging 45.7 yards per punt.
Honorable Mention: Andre Debose, Florida