All-SEC bowl team: Chad Kelly, Leonard Fournette shine in postseason

We looked at the best of the SEC this bowl season on Monday. Now it’s time to highlight the conference's top individual performances from the postseason with our 2015-2016 All-SEC bowl team.


QB -- Chad Kelly, Ole Miss: What do you know? It came down to Kelly and Dak Prescott again. Prescott was terrific in his bowl game, but Kelly gets the edge here after he went 21-of-33 for 302 yards and four touchdowns against Oklahoma State. He also ran for 73 yards. Plus it was a bigger stage.

RB -- Leonard Fournette, LSU: Yes, I realize Texas Tech is bad at defense. But name me another college running back who could run for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Oh, and he added a fifth touchdown, on a 44-yard reception, just for good measure. Let the Heisman hype begin.

RB -- Alex Collins, Arkansas: Speaking of Heisman hype, Collins firmly put his name in the hat for next year (if he doesn’t leave early) with 185 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Kansas State.

WR -- Calvin Ridley, Alabama: Where would Alabama be without Ridley this season? In a game during which Derrick Henry struggled to find room, Ridley more than picked up the slack with eight catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

WR -- Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss: In what would turn out to be his final game at Ole Miss, Treadwell went out with a bang. The junior wide receiver caught not one, not two, but three scoring passes as he set the school record with 11 touchdowns on the season.

TE -- Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas: It was too hard to pick just one, so we’re giving it to both of the Arkansas tight ends. Henry caught five passes for 92 yards, including a clutch third-down grab in the fourth quarter, and Sprinkle added four catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

OL -- Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: This guy caught a touchdown pass. Find me another offensive tackle who caught a touchdown this bowl season. As for protecting the quarterback, he was pretty good at that too. Oklahoma State’s star defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah finished with just three tackles and no sacks.

OL -- Cam Robinson, Alabama: Everybody remembers the Derrick Henry stiff arm that sent Shilique Calhoun flying, but what got lost was the job Robinson did on Calhoun, keeping the Michigan State pass-rusher away from his quarterback. Calhoun was held without a sack.

OL -- Kyler Kerbyson, Tennessee: Northwestern was supposed to have a stout defense, a front teams couldn’t run on. All Tennessee did was rush for 226 yards. As for Kerbyson, he held Deonte Gibson in check all game.

OL -- Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas: The Razorback offensive line, and specifically Tretola, had a lot to do with Collins’ big afternoon. The senior will play his next game in the NFL, but he finished his career at Arkansas with another dominant performance.

C -- Ethan Pocic, LSU: It's rare to see a center so dominant, but Pocic was pushing Texas Tech defenders around like it was nothing. There was a reason Fournette broke a couple of his big runs right up the middle.


DL -- Derek Barnett, Tennessee: On paper, Barnett might have regressed from his freshman year. But the sophomore looked as dominant as ever in the bowl win with eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

DL -- Davon Godchaux, LSU: When new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda goes back and watches the tape from the Texas Bowl, he’s going to love what he saw from Godchaux, who had three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

DL -- Jonathan Allen, Alabama: Michigan State allowed just 17 sacks through its first 13 games. In the playoff semifinal, Alabama brought down the quarterback four times, including two sacks from Allen.

DL -- Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss: All Haynes does is make plays. He led Ole Miss with 14 tackles for loss during the regular season, and he added 2.5 more, plus half a sack, in the Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

LB -- Kendell Beckwith, LSU: If there were any doubts about Beckwith’s NFL future before the bowl game, he put those to bed. The junior hasn’t decided whether he’s going to leave early, but he had a monster game against Texas Tech with eight tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

LB -- Beniquez Brown, Mississippi State: As a guy who seems to get overlooked, Brown has always produced while at Mississippi State. It was no different in the Belk Bowl as he led the Bulldogs with nine tackles and two sacks.

LB -- Deion Jones, LSU: On one hand, maybe it’s not fair to put another LSU linebacker on here. On the other, how do you leave Jones off? Similar to Beckwith, he was all over field against Texas Tech. He finished with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

CB -- Cyrus Jones, Alabama: As a cornerback, Jones made a game-changing interception late in the first half that foiled Michigan State’s best scoring opportunity. As a returner, he took a punt back 57 yards for a touchdown. All in all, not a bad day’s work for the senior.

CB -- Carlton Davis, Auburn: Want to know why top QB prospect Paxton Lynch threw for only 106 yards in the Birmingham Bowl? Look no further. Davis led Auburn with 11 tackles. He assisted on a sack. And he broke up a pass in the end zone that resulted in a crucial interception.

S -- Armani Watts, Texas A&M: The Aggies didn’t win their bowl game, but Watts wasn’t to blame. The sophomore safety led all SEC players with 15 tackles in the postseason, and he also had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

S -- Evan Berry, Tennessee: Everybody was waiting to see if Berry would return another kick for a touchdown after doing so three times on the season. It didn’t happen. But the Tennessee defensive back did cap the bowl win with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.