The Associated Press released its All-SEC team this afternoon, and a pair of Bulldogs were on the list. Senior RB Anthony Dixon was named first team – Alabama sophomore Mark Ingram, the offensive player of the year, was the other first-team running back – and junior DE Pernell McPhee earned second-team honors.
No surprise to see the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Dixon on there. He and Ingram were clearly the two most dominant backs in the league. You might have seeen my in-depth statistical analysis of those two this morning, and it's good that voters noticed what Dixon accomplished. Dixon has already won the Conerly Trophy, and we'll surely see him on the coaches' All-SEC team, to be released tomorrow. I imagine he would call this "another dream come true."
To review, Dixon holds school records for career rushing yards (3,994), rushing touchdowns (42), rushing attempts (910), 100-yard games (17) and all-purpose yards (4,443). He also broke the single-season rushing mark this year, with 1,391 yards, and single-game rushing mark, with 252 yards at Kentucky on Oct. 31.
As for McPhee (6-4, 270), his preseason prediction that MSU would lead the SEC in sacks did not come to pass, but he proved himself quite a force in the trenches. The transfer from ICC recorded 56 tackles, 12 TFL and 5 sacks.
The coaches, by the way, also select an all-freshman team. Perhaps FS Johnthan Banks, CB Corey Broomfield or WR Chad Bumphis will be on there – or perhaps all three.
And here's a question: Do you think LB Jamar Chaney or any other Bulldogs were wrongfully snubbed?