Kentucky's Mark Stoops is the coach of the year in the Southeastern Conference and Cats linebacker Josh Allen is the defensive player of the league of the year, according to the Associated Press.
Allen joins the AP's first SEC team, running Benny Snell back and guarding Bunchy Stallings. Security in the UK Mike Edwards received the second team award.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of high-profile Crimson Tide, who receives the award for the first team. Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn was named Newcomer of the Year.
Stoops took over the Kentucky program in 2013 and has continually improved the cats every season. This year's 9-3 season campaign, which has garnered most of the profits for a Kentucky team since 1984. Stoops joins Paul Bryant (1950), Fran Curci (1977) and Jerry Claiborne (1984) as British coaches who have received the AP award.
A panel of 28 writers and broadcasters responsible for the SEC voted in favor of the AP's All-SEC team.
Also on Monday, Allen was named one of four finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, which honors the nation's highest defensive end. Other finalists for this award include Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) and Sutton Smith (Northern Illinois). The winner will be announced on Thursday.
The 17th annual award is based, among other things, on field performance, leadership and contributions to the school and community. The award honors Hendricks, a three-time All-American in Miami and the National Football League Hall of Famer.
Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker, has 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018 and holds British career and one-year records. His eleven career forced him to win former Wildcat and current Chicago Bear defender Danny Trevathan for his career.
This is the second selection of the first AP All-SEC team for Benny Snell, who became an all-time Cats leader this season. Snell is second in the SEC and crashed in 263 attempts at 1,305 yards.
Stallings, a 6-3 senior, was a key component of Cats's offensive line, which helped Snell to three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. UK finished sixth in the SEC this season.
Edwards, a 6-0 senior, was the season's second table contender this season with 77, followed by two interceptions and a hectic recovery.
archys contributed to this report.
AP All-SEC honors
Offensive player of the year – QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Defensive Player of the Year – LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Newcomer of the year -RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt (Illinois Transfer)
Coach of the Year – Mark Stoops, Kentucky
archys' All-Southeastern Conference football team with position, name, school, height, weight, class and hometown:
u-WR – A.J. Brown, Mississippi (u), 6-1, 230, jr., Starkville, Mississippi
WR – Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 192, Sun., Deerfield Beach, Florida
T – Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-6, 325, Jr., Allen, Texas
T – Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 301 Jr., Folsom, California
G – Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3, 305, Sr., McComb, Mississippi
G – Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri, 6-5, 330 Jr., East St. Louis, Illinois
C – Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 309, Sr., Cedar Falls, Iowa
TE – Jace Sternberger, Texas A & M, 6-4, 250 Jr., Kingfisher, Oklahoma
u-QB – Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 6-1, 218, So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii
RB – Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, 5-11, 223, Jr., Westerville, Ohio
RB – Trayveon Williams, Texas A & M, 5-9, 200, Jr., Houston
PK – Cole Tracy, LSU, 5-11, 188, Sr., Camarillo, California
General Purpose – Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina
DE – Jachai Polite, Florida, 6-2, 242, Jr., Daytona Beach, FL
DE – Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 245, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia
DT – Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4, 300, Jr., Macon, Mississippi
DT – Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 295, Sun., Birmingham, Alabama
Lt. Josh Allen, Kentucky, 6-5, 260, Sr., Montclair, New Jersey
LB – Deshaun Davis, Auburn, 5-11, 233, Sr., Prichard, Alabama
LB – Devin White, LSU, 6-1, 240, Jr., Springhill, Louisiana
CB – Deandre Baker, Georgia, 5-11, 185, Sr., Miami
CB – Greedy Williams, LSU, 6-3, 184, Sun., Shreveport, Louisiana
S – Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 6-0, 215, Sr., Columbia, Mississippi
S – Grant Delpit, LSU, 6-3, 203, Sun., Houston
P. Braden Mann, Texas, A & M, 5-11, 190, Jr., Houston
WR – Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 201, Jr., New Orleans
WR – Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina
T – Martez Ivey, Florida, 6-5, 306, Sr., Apopka, Florida
T – Andrew Thomas, Georgia, 6-5, 320, Sun., Lithonia, Georgia
G-Zack Bailey, South Carolina, 6-6, 314, Sr., Summerville, South Carolina
G – Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr., Svendborg, Denmark
C – Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-2, 308, Sr., Fayetteville, North Carolina
TE – Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-4, 255, Norcross, Georgia
QB – Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225, Senior, Lee's Summit, Missouri
RB – D'Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-9, 215, So., Philadelphia
RB – Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 222, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee
PK – Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-1, 191, Jr., Marietta, Georgia
General purpose – Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-11, 183, Jr., Bowman, Georgia
DE – Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-5, 286, Sr., Ruston, Louisiana
DE – Raekwon Davis, Alabama, 6-7, 316 Jr., Meridian, Mississippi
DT – Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 320, Jr., Sugar Hill, Georgia
DT – Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri, 6-4, 295, Sr., East St. Louis, Illinois
LB – De & # 39; Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0, 245, Jr., Harvey, Louisiana
LB – Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State, 6-1, 250, So., Florence, Alabama
LB -D'Andre Walker, Georgia, 6-3, 245, sr., Fairburn, Georgia
CB – Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State, 6-2, 175, So., Hammond, Louisiana
CB – Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 210, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee
S – Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 6-0, 201, Sr., Cincinnati
S-Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-2, 196, Jr., Orange, Texas
P – Zach von Rosenberg, LSU, 6-5, 245, Sun., Lake Charles, Louisiana
u unanimous selection
Reggie Anderson, WLTX, Columbia, South Carolina
Ben Baby, Dallas Morning News
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Florida) times
John Bednarowski, Marietta (Georgia), daily newspaper
Robert Cessna, The Eagle, Bryan College Station, Texas
John Clay, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald Leader
David Cloninger, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina
Joel Coleman, northeastern Mississippi Daily Journal
Pat Dooley, The Gainesville (Florida) Sun.
Garland Gillen, WVUE, New Orleans
Tom Green, Alabama Media Group
Jon Hale, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky
Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News
Steve Layman, WTVF, Nashville, Tennessee
Logan Lowery, daily journal in northeastern Mississippi
Maria Martin, WSFA, Montgomery, Alabama
Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Patrick Murray, WBIR, Knoxville, Tennessee
Scott Rabalais, the Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star
Adam Sparks, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Nick Suss, the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi
Jake Thompson, the Eagle of Oxford (Mississippi)
Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel
Josh Vitale, Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser
Marc Weiszer, Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald