SEC Football: Bleacher Report's All-Time All-Conference Team

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 15, 2013

SEC Football: Bleacher Report's All-Time All-Conference Team

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    Each season an All-SEC team is put together, and it is usually a collection of players more talented than those from any other conference. So it's only logical to assume that an all-time, All-SEC team would eclipse all the rest.
    That's clearly the case with Bleacher Report's team.
    Players who many consider the best to play their position and future NFL greats dot this roster. The defensive front is the best the game has ever seen, while the running back duo is impossible to stop.
    This lineup is absolutely scary. The rest of college football should be thankful this group will never take the field.

Quarterback

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    Tim Tebow, Florida

    Love him or hate him, Tebow is without question one of the best collegiate quarterbacks of all time. He won the Heisman in 2007, is a two-time Maxwell Award winner and three-time All-SEC selection. He threw for 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns, while rushing for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns. Tebow had this powerful will to win and it paid off in 2008 when the Gators won the national championship.

    The Gator great finished his final two seasons with a combined 26-2 record. He gets the slight nod over Newton, who only played one season in the SEC.

     

    Second Team

    Cam Newton, Auburn

Running Back

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    Herschel Walker, Georgia

    Walker was ahead of his time. He was bigger, stronger and faster than the rest of his peers and it showed on the field. He rushed for more than 1,600 yards in each of his three seasons and scored 52 touchdowns. His efforts helped him win the Heisman in 1982 and the Bulldogs win a national championship in 1980.

    An argument could be made for Walker being the best college running back of all time.

     

    Bo Jackson, Auburn

    Jackson is another athletic freak who was blessed with abnormal talent. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry in his career and finished with 4,303 rushing yards. Jackson was a two-time All-American, won the Heisman in 1985 and was also a productive baseball player for Auburn. He hit 28 homers and batted an impressive .335 for his career.

    There will never be another Jackson.

     

    Second Team

    Emmit Smith, Florida

    Frankie Sinkwhich, Georgia

Wide Receiver

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    Josh Reed, LSU

    Reed finished his three-year career with 167 receptions, 3,001 yards and 17 touchdowns. He holds the SEC record for most receiving yards in a game (293) and season (1,740), both which he accomplished in 2001. Reed was an elite wide receiver and a big play waiting to happen, as he averaged 18 yards per reception.

    He was a two-team All-SEC selection and a consensus All-American.

     

    Don Hutson, Alabama

    Some consider Hutson to be the best wide receiver of all time in the NFL, but he was also productive during his days at Alabama. Hutson was a rare breed for an offense during a time when teams preferred to run the ball. He was this terrific weapon who was tough to ignore. He ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds and made difficult catches look routine.

    Hutson was an All-America selection in 1934 when he caught 19 passes for three touchdowns.

     

    Second Team

    Julio Jones, Alabama

    A.J. Green, Georgia

Tight End

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    Allama Matthews, Vanderbilt

    Matthews played four seasons for Vanderbilt and set individual records along the way. He holds the school single-game and single-season record for touchdown receptions, having made four in a game and 14 in a season. Matthews consistently saw playing time in his final two seasons and finished his career with 114 receptions, 1,544 yards and 18 touchdowns.

     

    Second Team

    Jason Witten, Tennessee

Offensive Line

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    John Hannah, Alabama

    Hannah is one of the best offensive linemen the game has ever seen. He played tackle and guard for head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and was a two-time All-American. He was also named to the Alabama All-Century team and Alabama 1970s All-Decade team.

     

    Andre Smith, Alabama

    Smith did nearly everything an offensive lineman can do at Alabama except win a national title. He won the Outland Trophy in 2008, was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and a unanimous All-American.

     

    Chris Samuels, Alabama

    Samuels is the type of offensive lineman every coach dreams of having. He started 42 games for the Crimson Tide without allowing a sack. This effort earned him the Outland Trophy in 1999, as well as being named a consensus All-American.

     

    Michael Oher, Ole Miss

    Most are familiar with Oher because of the movie The Blind Side, but great story or not, he was also a terrific player. He was a unanimous All-American, two-time first-team All-SEC selection and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2008.

     

    Shawn Andrews, Arkansas

    Andrews played 35 games for Arkansas and only allowed two sacks. He was a two-time consensus All-American, two-time first-team All-SEC and was a finalist for many awards such as the Outland Trophy. 

     

    Second Team

    Bob Gain, Kentucky

    Marcus McNeil, Auburn

    Maurkice Pouncey, Florida

    Steve DeLong, Tennessee

    Lomas Brown, Florida

Defensive Line

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    Reggie White, Tennessee

    White is one of the best defensive ends to ever play. Widely considered the "minister of defense," White holds the Tennessee school record with 32 career sacks. He was a true force on the defensive line and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

     

    Jack Youngblood, Florida

    Youngblood was one of those guys you would want to bring with you in a dark alley. He was the ultimate tough guy who finished his career with 29 sacks. He was a first-team All-SEC selection and All-American in 1970, and he's also a member of the Gator Football Ring of Honor.

     

    David Pollack, Georgia

    The analyst who works for ESPN was a pretty solid football player. He was a three-time All-American and first-team All-SEC selection. He also won the Lombardi Award in 2004 and was twice named the SEC Player of the Year. 

     

    Doug Atkins, Tennessee

    Atkins was part of the 1951 national championship team. Originally recruited to play basketball, Atkins was a two-time All-SEC defensive lineman. The Volunteers were a combined 29-3-1 when Atkins was on the team. He and White are the only two Tennessee players to be voted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

     

    Second Team

    Terrance Cody, Alabama

    Tracy Rocker, Auburn

    Glen Dorsey, LSU

    Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Linebacker

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    Derrick Thomas, Alabama

    Thomas holds the NCAA single-season record with 27 sacks. He was a ferocious pass-rusher who won the Dick Butkus Award and was a unanimous All-American in 1988. Thomas finished his final two seasons with 45 sacks and should eventually be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

     

    Patrick Willis, Ole Miss

    Willis was an elite linebacker before he got to the NFL. He was a first-team All-SEC selection, two-time All-American and won the Butkus Award in 2006, a season when he led the SEC in tackles with 137. Willis made plays all over the field and was one of the hardest hitters the conference has ever seen.

     

    Cornelius Bennett, Alabama

    Bennett is one of only two Alabama players to be named first-team All-American three times. He also won the Lombardi Award in 1986 and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He's most known for "the sack," a hit on Notre Dame’s Steve Beuerlein.

     

    Second Team

    Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama

    Woodrow Lowe, Alabama

    Steve Kiner, Tennessee

Defensive Back

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    Tommy Casanova, LSU

    Casanova did a little bit of everything for LSU, from playing defensive back to playing running back. He led the Tigers to a 27-7 record and was named an All-American all three seasons. His No. 37 jersey is retired by LSU.

     

    Champ Bailey, Georgia

    Like in the NFL, Bailey was a shutdown cornerback for Georgia. He was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and won the Nagurski Trophy in 1998. Bailey also contributed on offense and special teams, as he caught 59 passes and scored five touchdowns in his career.

     

    Eric Berry, Tennessee

    Berry is one of those players you must be aware of at all times. He finished his three-year career with 245 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 14 interceptions. He was also a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, two-time unanimous All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2009.

     

    Terry Hoage, Georgia

    Hoage was a two-time consensus All-American and helped lead Georgia to a combined 43-4-1 record from 1980-83. He made play after play and even finished fifth in the Heisman voting in 1983.

     

    Second Team

    Jerry Stovall, LSU

    Deon Grant, Tennessee

    Patrick Peterson, LSU

    Louis Oliver, Florida

Specialists

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    K Judd Davis, Florida

    Davis is Florida's all-time leading scorer with 225 career points. He holds the SEC record with 65 extra points made in a season and set a school-record by making 81 consecutive extra points. Davis was a first-team All-SEC in 1994 and won the Lou Groza Award in 1993.

     

    P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee

    Colquitt averaged 42.6 yards per punt in his career and led the SEC in 2003 with an average of 45.3 yards per punt. He was a consensus All-American and two-time All-SEC selection.

     

    PR/KR Percy Harvin, Florida

    Harvin was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He rushed for 1,852 yards, caught 133 passes for 1,929 yards and scored 32 touchdowns. He also won two national championships.

     

    Second Team

    K Ryan Succop, South Carolina

    P Donnie Jones, LSU

    PR/KR Felix Jones, Arkansas