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SEC has nine on AFCA All-America Team

The SEC dominance continued this week, as nine players from the league made the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

The SEC now ranks third all-time among the major conferences with 244 selections for the AFCA All-America Team.

Alabama led the SEC with five selections -- OL Barrett Jones, RB Trent Richardson, LB Dont’a Hightower, S Mark Barron and CB DeQuan Menzie -- which are the second most players from one school to make the All-America Team.

Georgia was second in the SEC with two selections -- TE Orson Charles and LB Jarvis Jones.

Here are all of the SEC players selected:

  • RB Trent Richardson, Alabama

  • TE Orson Charles, Georgia

  • OL Barrett Jones, Alabama

  • DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

  • LB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama

  • LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

  • S Mark Barron, Alabama

  • CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

  • CB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama

I'm surprised to see two LSU players not on this list. First, no Tyrann Mathieu? He only been LSU's best player in the last two weeks and has sparked their gigantic runs against Arkansas and Georgia. Plus, he leads LSU in total tackles, is a turnover machine and has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season, regardless of position.

Also, no Brad Wing? He's one of the most accurate punters out there. He seems to hit the exact spots he wants on every kick he has. He gets just enough lift and distance on his punts to make returns nearly impossible. He has pinned 23 inside the 20-yard line, has 18 of 50-plus yards and opponents have 6 total punt return yards against LSU. He should have been Co-MVP for the Alabama game and the SEC title.

You could also make the argument for Auburn punter Steven Clark, who is a Ray Guy Award finalist. Thirty-four of his punts resulted in fair catches and 32 were downed inside the 20.