ESPN.com's 2011 All-SEC team

Editor’s Note: Tune into the “AT&T ESPN All America Team Show” on Saturday (ABC, 1:30 p.m. ET) to see who ESPN’s writers and experts selected.

Constructing an all-conference team is never easy. There are always players you second-guess or just remember at the last minute.

The tough decisions have to be made and that means not everyone can make the team.

We just don't have enough room for hundreds of players.

We struggled with a couple of decisions, starting with the quarterback position. We gave the nod to Aaron Murray over Tyler Wilson. We understand that Wilson led the SEC in yards (3,422), but Murray did more with less. Wilson was working with four top-tier wide receivers, while Murray simply wasn't. He still led the SEC with 33 touchdown passes, threw 19 them in the last six games and led Georgia back to the SEC title game.

It was also hard to leave Zac Stacy off this list. Michael Dyer was Auburn's most valuable player, and that 7-5 record might not have been possible without him. He was second in the SEC in rushing (1,242) and was the only back besides Trent Richardson to average more than 100 yards in SEC games. But Stacy was great, too. He averaged a yard more per carry (5.7) than Dyer in SEC play, had more total touchdowns (13) and averaged 126 yards in each of his last six games.

We also decided to go with a 3-4 defense because we felt linebackers deserved a little more love this year.

Here's our team:


TE - Orson Charles, Georgia

OL - Barrett Jones, Alabama

OL - Will Blackwell, LSU

OL - Cordy Glenn, Georgia

OL - Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina

C - William Vlachos, Alabama

WR - Jarius Wright, Arkansas

WR - Rueben Randle, LSU

QB – Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB – Trent Richardson, Alabama

RB – Michael Dyer, Auburn

AP - Chris Rainey, Florida


DL - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

DL - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

DL - Sam Montgomery, LSU

LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia

LB - Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

LB - Dont'a Hightower, Alabama

LB - Danny Trevathan, Kentucky

DB - Morris Claiborne, LSU

DB - Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

DB - Mark Barron, Alabama

DB - Bacarri Rambo, Georgia


PK - Caleb Sturgis, Florida

P - Brad Wing, LSU

RS – Joe Adams, Arkansas