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Four Tide Frosh Get SEC Honors
On offense, Alabama was represented by wide receiver Amari Cooper, center Ryan Kelly and running back T.J. Yeldon. Alabama's selection on defense was lineman D.J. Pettway.
The Crimson Tide is 12-1 this season and headed for the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame on January 7.
Cooper, 6-1, 198, from Miami, and Yeldon, 6-2, 216, from Foley, both entered The University last January and participated in spring drills.
Cooper earned one of the starting jobs at wide receiver, and led the Crimson Tide with 53 receptions for 895 yards (16.9 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns. His 45-yard reception from quarterback A.J. McCarron was the game-winning score in the SEC Championship Game.
Yeldon earned the back-up spot at tailback to Eddie Lacy and has 1,000 yards rushing going into the national championship game. He has 154 carries for 1,000 yards (6.5 yards per carry) with 11 touchdowns. He also had 10 receptions for 131 yards, the most notable a 28-yard screen pass play to defeat LSU in Baton Rouge.
Pettway, 6-2, 285, from Pensacola, Fla., was a back-up defensive lineman for the Bama defense that is among the nation's best. He played in 12 games and turned in seven tackles. He was in on two sacks and also had a quarterback pressure.
Kelly, 6-5, 288, from West Chester, Ohio, played behind All-America center Barrett Jones.
Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M led the way with four selections each, while Arkansas and South Carolina placed three on the team. Georgia, LSU and Mississippi each had two.
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
TE - Jerell Adams, South Carolina
OL - John Theus, Georgia
OL - D.J. Humphries, Florida
OL - Brandon Shell, South Carolina
OL - Vadal Alexander, LSU
C - Ryan Kelly, Alabama
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP - Trey Williams, Texas A&M
DL - Dante Fowler, Florida
DL - Jonathan Bullard, Florida
DL - Issac Gross, Mississippi
DL - D.J. Pettway, Alabama
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB - Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
LB - A.J. Turner, Arkansas
LB - Otha Peters, Arkansas
LB - Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB - Jalen Collins, LSU
DB - T.J. Gurley, South Carolina
DB - Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
DB - LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee
PK - Andrew Baggett, Missouri
P - Landon Foster, Kentucky
RS - Trey Williams, Texas A&M