Monday, December 8, 2008. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is the top offensive player in the Southeastern Conference for the second year in a row, and Alabama's Nick Saban took the coach of the year award handed out Monday by The Associated Press.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry was named SEC defensive player of the year, and Alabama receiver Julio Jones was picked as the top freshman.
Tebow, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, guided the Gators to a 12-1 record, the SEC championship and a spot in the national title game.
Georgia runningback Konwshon Moreno, wide receiver A.J. Green, and tackle Clint Boling were selected to the first team. South Carolina's lone representative was linebacker Eric Norwood.
Georgia had five players earn second-team honors, including quarterback Matthew Stafford and linebacker Rennie Curran. Meanwhile, South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook and tight end Jared Cook were selected to the second team.
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