All-Conference Team season is upon us, and the SEC's will be announced the Monday following the championship game (assuming they adhere to last year's timeline). A down year doesn't usually translate to postseason honors, so it's unlikely we'll see a repeat of last season when 5 players landed on the AP's first- and second-teams SEC.
Ahead, we present the likely candidate, the worthy but unlikely candidates, and remind you that our defense was awful PLEASE BOOM TAKE THE OFFER:
LIKELY: Pharoh Cooper
It's almost a certainty that Pharoh Cooper will land somewhere, whether it's as a wide receiver or (perhaps more likely) as an all purpose player. Cooper was sixth in the SEC in all-purpose yards, second among receivers, and also second among Coopers. Indeed, its likely Belitnekoff winner Amari Cooper who prevented King Tuttchdown from leading the SEC in a host of categories including average yards per play and total receiving yards. Cooper's 16.10 yards per reception is 12th in the SEC, although it's worth noting he had 13 more receptions than anyone ahead of him on that list.
LESS LIKELY: Dylan Thompson
Do not adjust your monitor. Despite some ugly moments, Dylan Thompson had a pretty damned good year. He led the conference in passing yards, passing touchdowns (tied) and completions. And yes, he also led the conference in picks (tied), and was middle of the pack in QB rating and completion percentage. While Dak Prescott, Blake Simms and Nick Marshall should keep Dylan out of the running, he at least may end up on Phil Steele's 4th team or something.
UNLIKELY: Mike Davis
Not gonna happen. Mike did fine: 927 rush yards, 9 touchdowns, and 106 all purpose yards per game isn't bad, especially when you consider he shared first team reps with Brandon Wilds. But his average was down—almost a full yard less per carry than last year—and the SEC is so deep with backfield talent that a good-but-not-great year won't land you conference honors.
IDK, MAYBE: AJ Cann
Since you won't find any sexy individual statistics, name recognition may be an O-lineman's best friend when it comes to making an all-conference teams. AJ Cann's a tenured senior and considered a potential first round draft choice. That just may be enough for the voters!
MAYBE: Elliott Fry
He had an excellent year, but again, the depth of talent may be his undoing. Fry posted the league's sixth-best field goal percentage, and finished tied for third in made kicks. He was perfect on PATs (tied with four others) and his 7 field goals from 40-49 yards were the most in the SEC. He was good on 10 of 11 inside 40. While none of his kicks were high profile walk-offs, he did win STPOTW honors after his 4 field goal performance against ECU. So he could be all-SEC. He might not be. Either outcome would be unsurprising, but no matter what, Freisman's had an excellent season.
If there was an all-conference holder, it would be Patrick Fish and we'll hear no argument to the contrary.
Any possibilities on defense?
No. Skai Moore leads the team in tackles, but he's got 11 linebackers ahead of him and is waaaay behind the back in tackles for loss. Speaking of that category, no South Carolina player finished in the top 50. Gerald Dixon led the team with two sacks. TWO. Good lord. Hey, here's a nice statistic: Brison Williams is the only player in the conference with 2 pick sixes, and he's tied for third in interceptions. But the fact that he vacillated between safety and cornerback could split the vote. Brison's probably the only defensive player with a snowball's chance. No one else gets a look.
What about the All-Freshman team?
I don't see it. Our offense was mostly upperclassmen, and while David Williams was good in spot duty and should excite you for what's ahead, you can forget about him getting past Nick Chubb and Lenoard Fournette. We had a real chance going into the season at landing a defensive player on the freshman team, but it probably won't happen. Not one of our fleet of freshman DBs cracked the top 50 in passes defended or tackles and none had an interception. Bryson-Allen Williams may get a sniff: he had 2.5 TFL, half a sack, 5 QB hurries, forced a fumble and recovered one. Heck, that's more than most of our defensive players can claim!
Did we miss anyone? Did we give too much credit to anyone? Let us know in the comments section.