Winners and Losers of the All-SEC Team
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The Associated Press announced its 2012 postseason All-SEC Team on Monday afternoon.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones took home the award on the defensive side of the ball.
While it's hard to argue with either of those selections, there were some glaring omissions from this year's team.
Who were the winners and losers of the Associated Press All-SEC Team? Our picks are in this slideshow.
Winner: Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin
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One of the two SEC newcomers in 2012 dominated on the field en route to a 10-win season and a Cotton Bowl berth.
It also made a major impact in the AP All-SEC team.
First-year head coach Kevin Sumlin earned SEC Coach of the Year Honors; quarterback Johnny Manziel was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and first-team quarterback; tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews were named to the first-team offense and defensive end Damontre Moore was named to the first-team defense.
Not a bad debut in the toughest conference in the country.
Texas A&M has the recruiting base, the conference, the system and the coaches to become an SEC power—although not many people thought it would enjoy this much success so early.
Loser: Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief
Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief
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Moncrief flew under the radar all season long, but you'd think that the Ole Miss wide receiver would have received some recognition for his fine season.
The sophomore caught 60 passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns this season—the second-most receiving touchdowns in the conference.
As a reward for his work, he received no recognition from the AP. Not even an honorable mention.
Granted he had some competition. Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, Tennessee's Justin Hunter and Mississippi State's Chad Bumphis all had fine seasons and are deserving of being on the team. But you'd think that Moncrief would have, at the very least, earned an honorable mention.
The Rebels will just have to "Feed Moncrief" more next season.
Winner: Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
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Cordarrelle Patterson came to Tennessee as one of the hot-shot junior college transfers of the 2012 class, and he didn't disappoint in his first season on Rocky Top.
He finished second on the Vols with 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns; finished third in rushing with 25 carries for 308 yards and three touchdowns; returned four punts for 101 yards and a touchdown; and 24 kickoffs for 671 yards and a touchdown.
Whew...it's exhausting just to type that.
He doesn't have the stats of a first-team position player, but his selection for the first-team all-purpose player was a no-brainer.
Despite his team's struggles, Patterson deserved first-team recognition, and the AP gave it to him. Good for Patterson.
Loser: Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin
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In any other year, a coach that gets Vanderbilt to eight wins would not only be a shoo-in for SEC Coach of the Year.
But due to Sumlin's success in his first season in College Station, Franklin's work wasn't recognized by the Associated Press.
That's not necessarily a knock against Sumlin. He certainly deserves the award. Franklin just picked a stacked year in the coaching SEC coach of the year race to lead his team to consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history.
He just signed a contract extension with the Commodores, so there's always next season.
Winner: Florida Gators
Florida head coach Will Muschamp
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Alabama may have the SEC title and have placed the most players receive recognition from the Associated Press (nine), but the Gators have the most first-teamers with six.
Tight end Jordan Reed, running back Mike Gillislee, kicker Caleb Sturgis, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, safety Matt Elam and punter Kyle Christy all received first-team honors.
The Gators have enjoyed a great season, finishing the year 11-1 and earning a bid to the Sugar Bowl. They may not be going to Miami to play for the crystal football, but they are one of the best teams in the country and it shows with the presence of six players on the first team.
Loser: Auburn Tigers
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It was a disastrous season on the Plains. The Tigers finished 3-9, went winless in the SEC and fired its coach one day after getting smoked 49-0 in the Iron Bowl.
To add insult to injury, the Tigers didn't have one player make the AP All-SEC team.
Not a member of the first-team, second-team or honorable mention.
Not a single one.
According to AL.com, Auburn has had at least on player make one of the three major All-SEC teams every year since 1976.
It was THAT bad in Auburn this season.