Coaches tab three Hogs for All-SEC

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Arkansas's Chris Smith, left, charges after Connor Shaw of South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, during the second quarter of the game against South Carolina at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas's Chris Smith, left, charges after Connor Shaw of South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, during the second quarter of the game against South Carolina at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE - Three Arkansas football players - center Travis Swanson and defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers - were named second-team All-SEC by SEC coaches in voting released Tuesday.

Swanson, a 50-game starter in his Arkansas career and a finalist for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s best center, was a first-team All-SEC choice by The Associated Press on Monday. He was beaten out by Auburn’s Reese Dismukes in voting by the league’s coaches.

Smith and Flowers combined to form one of the nation’s top sack duos this fall. Smith, a senior from Mount Ulla, N.C., tied for third in the SEC with 8 ½ sacks and was seventh with 11 ½ tackles for 77 yards in losses. Smith was an honorable mention All-SEC selection last year.

Smith and Swanson have accepted invitations to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Ala.

Flowers, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., tied for second in the SEC with 13 ½ tackles for 58 yards in losses, and added 5 sacks. He forced three fumbles to rank fourth in the SEC and 20th in the country.

Flowers, who had a hurry and a forced fumble on Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova that led directly to 14 points in that game, has 32 tackles for loss at Arkansas to rank 11th on the school’s career list.

Two Arkansas players who made second-team All-SEC by The Associated Press - kicker Zach Hocker and tight end Hunter Henry - did not make the team selected by the coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. The top two kickers picked by the coaches were Georgia’s Marshall Morgan and Tennessee’s Michael Palardy. The two tight ends were Georgia’s Arthur Lynch and Mississippi State’s Malcolm Johnson.

The SEC coaches’ selections for players and coach of the year will be revealed today, and the league’s all-freshman team is scheduled for a Thursday release.

First team All-SEC OFFENSE

TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia

OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

OL Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

C Reese Dismukes, Auburn

WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB Tre Mason, Auburn

RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

AP Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU

DEFENSE

DL Michael Sam, Missouri

DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL Dee Ford, Auburn

DL Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia

LB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

DB Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DB E.J. Gaines, Missouri

DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Marshall Morgan, Georgia

P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

RS Christion Jones, Alabama *

RS Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU *

Second team All-SEC OFFENSE

TE Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State

OL La’el Collins, LSU

OL Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

OL Justin Britt, Missouri

OL Anthony Steen, Alabama

C Travis Swanson, Arkansas

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU

WR Jarvis Landry, LSU

QB AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB Mike Davis, South Carolina

RB Jeremy Hill, LSU

AP Marcus Murphy, Missouri

DEFENSE

DL Anthony Johnson, LSU

DL Chris Smith, Arkansas

DL Ed Stinson, Alabama

DL Trey Flowers, Arkansas

LB Lamin Barrow, LSU

LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

LB Avery Williamson, Kentucky

DB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

DB Chris Davis, Auburn

DB Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

DB Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Michael Palardy, Tennessee

P Cody Mandell, Alabama

RS Solomon Patton, Florida *ties

Sports, Pages 22 on 12/11/2013

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