Thursday, December 6, 2012
Three South Carolina and two Georgia football players were named to the SEC All-Freshman team, it was announced by the league office Thursday.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley and lineman John Theus and South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams, lineman Brandon Shell and defensive back TJ Gurley were named.
A 6-1, 218-pound tailback from Tarboro, N.C., Gurley has rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He became the 12th Georgia player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and joined Herschel Walker as the only Bulldogs to tally 1,000 yards in their true freshman campaign. Currently, Gurley is second in the SEC in rushing yards per game (96.9), tied for second in scoring (102 pts.) and third in all-purpose yards per game (124.3).
A 6-6, 309-pound native of Jacksonville, Fla., Theus has started all 13 games at right tackle, becoming the first UGA true freshman to start at tackle since Trinton Sturdivant in 2007. He has helped pave the way for 184.2 rushing yards per game for the Bulldogs and the SEC’s second-leading rusher in Gurley. Theus also helped quarterback Aaron Murray rank in the top-five in the SEC in both total offense and passing yards per game.
Adams, a 6-5, 224-pound true freshman from Pinewood, S.C. caught four passes for 90 yards, an average of 22.5 yards per reception, with one touchdown in eight games. His touchdown reception came from 29 yards out in the win over Arkansas.
Shell, a 6-6, 331-pound redshirt freshman from Goose Creek, S.C. started nine games during the season, including the final eight at right tackle. He was also the starting left tackle in the season opener at Vanderbilt.
Gurley, a 5-10, 183-pound true freshman from Cairo, Ga., played in eight games including a pair of starts (Missouri and Florida) before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Florida. He logged 13 tackles, including eight solo stops.
The entire team is listed below:
2012 FRESHMAN ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE - Jerell Adams, South Carolina
OL - John Theus, Georgia
D.J. Humphries, Florida
Brandon Shell, South Carolina
Vadal Alexander, LSU
C - Ryan Kelly, Alabama
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP - Trey Williams, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC – DEFENSE
DL - Dante Fowler, Florida
Jonathan Bullard, Florida
Issac Gross, Ole Miss
D.J. Pettway, Alabama
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
A.J. Turner, Arkansas*
Otha Peters, Arkansas*
Antonio Morrison, Florida*
DB - Jalen Collins, LSU
T.J. Gurley, South Carolina
Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Andrew Baggett, Missouri
P - Landon Foster, Kentucky
RS – Trey Williams, Texas A&M