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Blog...SEC has 6 Mid-Season All Americans

College Football News
Posted Oct 16, 2008


The Southeastern Conference has placed six football players on the CBS Sports Mid Season All American Team.

By: BE Coleman

The Southeastern Conference has placed six football players on the CBS Sports Mid Season All American Team. The SEC had the most players represented, while the Big 12 had five, the Big Ten and Big East each with four.

The 25 member squad features the likes of Eric Berry from Tennessee, Brandon James and Brandon Spikes from Florida on defense. LSU’s Herman Johnson, Ole Miss’s Michael Oher and Andre Smith from Alabama represent the offense.

Berry was one of four sophomores selected and highlighted by the CBS Sports Staff. The Vols safety currently leads the SEC and is also tied for the national lead with his four interceptions.

Against Georgia, Berry had a interception and 54-yard return Saturday at Georgia upping his career interception return yardage total to 325, a mark surpassing a 39-year-old Tennessee record of 305 yards, and moving Berry into third on the SEC's all-time list.

Florida’s electric Brandon James ranks sixth in the nation with a 20.9-yard average and has scored two TDs on punt returns; including one vs. Tennessee. James has accounted for 334 return yards on 16 returns in 2008.

James’ team mate Brandon Spikes was named at linebacker that saw him named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Spikes had a career-high two interceptions, including a 52-yard touchdown return in the 4th quarter for his first career score against LSU for the Gators.

Ole Miss’ Oher leads an offensive line, which ranks fourth in the SEC in rushing and has allowed only six sacks. He ranks third in the conference among active players with 40 consecutive starts over his career.

LSU senior Herman Johnson One of the biggest OL in the nation, anchors a team that ranks first in the SEC in rush average at 5.4 yards. Johnson ranks second on team in total snaps from scrimmage with 318 and he’s second on the squad in knockdowns with 19.

Alabama’s Andre Smith anchors the offensive line for the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, which ranks 15th in rushing offense. The 6’4” 330 lb. junior is one of the best pro prospects playing on the offensive line and is considered to be one of the best offensive lineman in the nation.


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