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Bama Football QB Bryce Young, LB Will Anderson Jr. Sweep SEC Coaches’ And A.P. Awards

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On Wednesday, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. swept the SEC individual awards by two separate voting entities — the SEC coaches and the Associated Press.

Young, a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, won offensive player of the year in both after finishing fourth in the nation with 4,322 passing yards and second in touchdowns with 43. Anderson, who leads the nation with 15 sacks and with 32 tackles for loss, won defensive player of the year in both.

Alabama wide receiver/kick returner Jameson Williams and Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. shared the SEC special teams player of the year by the league coaches. Williams leads the league with a 37.4-yard per kickoff return average and became the first Alabama player in history to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same game. He scored on a 100-yard and an 83-yard return in the win over Southern Mississippi.

Jones leads the SEC in punt return average at 16 yards a return and is second in kickoff returns at 28.1 yards a return.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was voted the coach of the year by the league coaches and by the Associated Press. And Georgia tight end Brock Bowers won the SEC coaches’ freshman of the year and took the Associated Press newcomer of the year. Bowers led the league’s tight ends in touchdown catches with 11. Missouri tailback Tyler Badie was voted scholar athlete of the year by the league coaches. Kentucky offensive tackle Darian Kinnard won the SEC coaches’ blocking trophy.

The SEC All-Freshmen team as voted on by the league coaches will be announced Thursday.

The A.P. first All-SEC offense: QB Bryce Young, Alabama; RB Tyler Badie, Missouri (unanimous); RB Chris Rodriguez, Kentucky; T Darian Kinnard, Kentucky; G Kenyon Green, Texas A&M; C Michael Maietti, Missouri; G Justin Shaffer, Georgia; T Charles Cross, Mississippi State; TE Brock Bowers, Georgia; WR Jameson Williams, Alabama; Treylon Burks, Arkansas.

The A.P. first All-SEC defense: DE Sam Williams, Ole Miss; DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M, DT Jordan Davis, Georgia; DE Josh Paschal, Kentucky; LB Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (unanimous), LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia; LB Damone Clark, LSU; DBs Lewis Cline, Georgia; Jaylan Foster, South Carolina, Jordan Battle, Alabama, Roger McCreary, Auburn.

The A.P. first All-SEC special teams: K Harrison Mevis, Missouri; P Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M; All-Purpose Velus Jones, Tennessee.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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