SEC Year-End Awards
Now that SEC league play is complete, awards are warmed up and ready to pass out.
You will notice an overall Player of the Year, as well as, separate awards for Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. In these awards the selections will not be the same.
Some will be a surprise, so enjoy!
TUESDAY: ACC Year End Awards
SEC Player of the Year
Tim Tebow (Florida).
Tebow did not have as good of a season as he has inpast years, but he and his team, in some ways, had it tougher.
With a less potent offense, Tebow was called upon more than ever to manage the game for Florida and make the big plays when needed.
Despite suffering a concussion during a game against Kentucky, Tebow started and played in the Gators biggest game of the year, on the road in a win vs. LSU.
No one will argue that Arkansas's Ryan Mallett is more of a "NFL prototype" quarterback, but with his ability to run and throw along with his proven leadership in the big games, Tebow has the edge for POY honors.
SEC Offensive Player of the Year
Mark Ingram (Alabama)
Ingram was the engine behind the Tide's offensive attack. With a new quarterback, much of the pressure feel on Ingram's shoulders and he performed above expectation.
Not the most athletically gifted running back, Ingram got the tough yards and busted games open at the most opportune times. Very much in the Emmitt Smith mode, Ingram helped Alabama overcome the sour taste of a bad close to the 2008 season.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Eric Norwood (South Carolina)
Most people would probably select Eric Berry of Tennessee. In this case, I went with Norwood.
The Gamecocks played short handed in several games due to injuries on the defensive front, but that did not stunt Norwood's performance.
Every opponent focused their pass protection to account for him, but somehow he still found a way to get 12.0 sacks.
Had he played for Florida or Alabama he would have received a lot more national attention.
SEC Game of the Year
Ole Miss 25, LSU 23 (Nov. 21, 2009)
The last few minutes made this game one to remember. Les Miles' inability to manage the final minute correctly not only cost LSU the game, but have raised the noise even louder to his coaching abilities.
While Ole Miss had an up and down season, this game was definitely their high point.
SEC Most Disappointing Team of the Year
At least win one conference game.
Vanderbilt couldn't even do that. Yes, I know they were heavy with underclassmen, but even in past years the Commodores scratched out a couple of conference wins.
When looking at the landscape of SEC football, the gap between Vanderbilt and everyone else appears to be widening.