Clowney, Sanders Named To Coaches' 1st Team All-SEC Team

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- University of South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and junior return specialist Ace Sanders were named to the first-team All-SEC squad as selected by the league’s coaches, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., is second in the nation in both sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (21.5), both single-season school records. He is a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik and Hendricks awards, and was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.

Sanders, a 5-8, 175-pound junior from Bradenton, Fla., set the Carolina single-season record for punt return yards with 363. He was the top punt returner in the SEC, averaging 14.5 yards per return, with seven returns of 27 yards or more. Sanders was a second-team selection by the Associated Press.

The Gamecocks placed three players on the second team unit, as selected by the league’s 14 coaches. Sanders, who also plays wide receiver the Gamecocks, earned a spot on the second unit as an All-Purpose player. He was joined on the second team by senior center T.J. Johnson and senior safety D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger was also a second-team pick by the A.P.

The conference office will announce the SEC individual awards on Wednesday, while the Freshman All-SEC squad will be released on Thursday.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
TE - Mychal Rivera, Tennessee

OL - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Chance Warmack, Alabama
D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

C - Barrett Jones, Alabama


WR - Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida
Eddie Lacy, Alabama

AP - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee


DEFENSE
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Sam Montgomery, LSU
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Sharrif Floyd, Florida

LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Kevin Minter, LSU

DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama
Matt Elam, Florida
Eric Reid, LSU
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Caleb Sturgis, Florida

P – Kyle Christy, Florida

RS – Ace Sanders, South Carolina




SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

TE - Jordan Reed, Florida

OL - Larry Warford, Kentucky
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Chris Burnette, Georgia
Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

C - T.J. Johnson, South Carolina

WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Justin Hunter, Tennessee

QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia
Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

AP - Ace Sanders, South Carolina


DEFENSE
DL - Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
John Jenkins, Georgia
Corey Lemonier, Auburn

LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Jon Bostic, Florida
*Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State
*Alec Ogletree, Georgia

DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
Robert Lester, Alabama
Darius Slay, Mississippi State


SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Drew Alleman, LSU

P - * Dylan Breeding, Arkansas
* Richard Kent, Vanderbilt

RS – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

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