College football

Former Beaufort High star Taylor one of four Gamecocks named all-conference

December 6, 2010 

Beaufort's Devin Taylor rushes the quarterback in the first half of USC's game against Alabama on Oct. 19. On Saturday, Taylor and the Gamecocks take on No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Former Beaufort High School star Devin Taylor earned another round of accolades for his sensational sophomore season at the University of South Carolina, as the Gamecocks defensive end Monday named a first-team selection for the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.

Taylor finished the regular season with 39 tackles -- 12 for loss -- and his 7 1/2 sacks ranked fourth in the SEC. He also recovered two fumbles and had one interception, which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown in a win against Tennessee.

Three teammates joined Taylor on the squad. Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and freshman running back Marcus Lattimore made the first team, and sophomore cornerback Stephon Gilmore was named to the second team. Lattimore was named the conference's freshman of the year.

By The Associated Press

The 2010 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team released Monday, with player's position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection):

FIRST TEAM

Offense

WR -- Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 6-4, 233, So.

WR -- Julio Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 220, Jr.

L -- u-Lee Ziemba, Auburn, 6-8, 319, Sr.

L -- Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St., 6-6, 305, Sr.

L -- Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 301, So.

L -- DeMarcus Love, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr.

C -- Ryan Pugh, Auburn, 6-4, 297, Sr.

TE -- u-D.J. Williams, Arkansas, 6-2, 251, Sr.

QB -- u-Cam Newton, Auburn, 6-6, 250, Jr.

RB -- u-Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Fr.

RB -- Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0, 220, So.

K -- u-Josh Jasper, LSU, 5-11, 171, Sr.

All-Purpose -- Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 186, Jr.

Defense

T -- u-Nick Fairley, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr.

T -- u-Drake Nevis, LSU, 6-2, 285, Sr.

E -- Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-7, 249, So.

E/OLB -- Justin Houston, Georgia, 6-3, 258, Jr.

LB -- Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, 6-3, 240, Sr.

LB -- Chris White, Mississippi St., 6-4, 245, Sr.

LB -- Danny Trevathan, Kentucky, 6-1, 223, Jr.

CB -- u-Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.

CB -- Janoris Jenkins, Florida, 5-11, 184, Jr.

S -- Ahmad Black, Florida, 5-9, 190, Sr.

S -- Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Jr.

P -- Chas Henry, Florida, 6-3, 215, Sr.

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SECOND TEAM

Offense

WR -- Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 186, Jr.

WR -- A.J. Green, Georgia, 6-4, 212, Jr.

L -- Byron Isom, Auburn, 6-3, 302, Sr.

L -- Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 329, So.

L -- Joseph Barksdale, LSU, 6-6, 318, Sr.

L -- Clint Boling, Georgia, 6-5, 315, Sr.

L -- James Carpenter, Alabama, 6-5, 300, Sr.

L -- Bradley Sowell, Mississippi, 6-7, 315, Jr.

C -- Mike Pouncey, Florida, 6-4, 310, Sr.

TE -- Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 245, Jr.

QB -- Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 6-6, 238, Jr.

RB -- Stevan Ridley, LSU, 6-0, 226, Jr.

RB -- Mark Ingram, Alabama, 5-10, 215, Jr.

K -- Blair Walsh, Georgia, 5-10, 183, Jr.

All-Purpose -- Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.

Defense

T -- Marcell Dareus, Alabama, 6-4, 306, Jr.

T -- Malik Jackson, Tennessee, 6-5, 265, Jr.

E -- Jake Bequette, Arkansas, 6-5, 271, Jr.

E -- Antoine Carter, Auburn, 6-4, 256, Sr.

LB -- Josh Bynes, Auburn, 6-2, 235, Sr.

LB -- Akeem Dent, Georgia, 6-2, 233, Sr.

LB -- Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, 6-4, 260, So.

CB -- Morris Claiborne, LSU, 6-0, 177, So.

CB -- Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, 6-1, 189, So.

CB -- Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 188, Jr.

CB -- Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee, 6-1, 181, So.

S -- Robert Lester, Alabama, 6-2, 206, So.

S -- Tramain Thomas, Arkansas, 6-0, 198, Jr.

P -- Tyler Campbell, Mississippi, 6-2, 210, So.

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HONORABLE MENTION

Offense

Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi St., 5-11, 215, Jr.; Brandon Bolden, RB, Mississippi, 5-11, 215, Jr.; Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama, 6-3, 225, Sr.; Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee, 5-11, 213, Jr.; William Vlachos, C, Alabama, 6-1, 289, Jr.

Defense

Jonathan Cornell, LB, Mississippi, 6-1, 235, Sr.; Zac Etheridge, S, Auburn, 6-0, 213, Sr.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Cam Newton, Auburn

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nick Fairley, Auburn

COACH OF THE YEAR

Gene Chizik, Auburn

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

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