Auburn completed its turnaround from worst to first in the SEC on Saturday, beating Missouri in Atlanta and winning the conference championship, just one year removed from going 0-8 in league play.
The Tigers were officially announced as participants in the BCS National Championship Game on Sunday night, and the good news kept coming on Monday, when the AP named head coach Gus Malzahn the SEC Coach of the Year and running back Tre Mason the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Offensive tackle Greg Robinson and defensive end Dee Ford joined Mason on the All-SEC first-team, which can be seen in its entirety here:
|QB Johnny Manziel, A&M||DE Dee Ford, AUB|
|RB Tre Mason, AUB||DE Michael Sam, MIZZ|
|RB Jeremy Hill, LSU||DE Jadeveon Clowney, USC*|
|WR Mike Evans, A&M||DE Kony Ealy, MIZZ*|
|WR Jordan Matthews, VAN||DT Kelcy Qualres, USC|
|TE Arthur Lynch, UGA||LB C.J. Mosley, ALA|
|OL Jake Matthews, A&M||LB Ramik Wilson, UGA|
|OL Cyrus Kouandjio, ALA||LB A.J. Johnson, TEN|
|OL Gabe Jackson, MSU||CB E.J. Gaines, MIZZ|
|OL Greg Robinson, MSU*||CB Vernon Hargreaves III, FLA|
|OL Justin Britt, MIZZ*||S Cody Prewitt, MISS|
|OL Anthony Steen, ALA*||S Kenny Ladler, VAN|
|C Travis Swanson, ARK||P Cody Mandell, ALA|
|K Marshall Morgan, UGA|
|AP Odell Beckham Jr., LSU|
Source: Associated Press
* denotes players who tied for a spot on the first team.
Mason was one of just three unanimous selections on the first team, and the only one on offense. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who was named conference Defensive Player of the Year, and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, a finalist for the Bednarik Award, were chosen unanimously on defense.
Former All-American Jadeveon Clowney tied for a spot on the first-team defense with Kony Ealy of Missouri, despite taking criticism for most of the season. His stats declined dramatically from his epic sophomore campaign, but the tape showed opposing offenses double- and triple-teaming him on almost every snap.
Clearly, AP voters took notice of those adjustments.
Auburn, Alabama and Missouri all tied with four total players on the first team, though Alabama might have a gripe about being snubbed at the safety positions. Cody Prewitt and Kenny Ladler both enjoyed fine seasons for their respective clubs, but Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Landon Collins—both of whom made the second team—could each have made a strong case for inclusion.
In addition to the four players it had on the first team, Auburn boasted three second-team players in center Reese Dismukes, tight end C.J. Uzomah and cornerback/Iron Bowl hero Chris Davis.
Arkansas running back Alex Collins didn't make either the first or second team, but he was still named the SEC Freshman of the Year after topping 1,000 yards in his debut season.
Congrats to all who were recognized!