ATLANTA — Alabama running back Trent Richardson was a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while Louisiana State cornerback Tyrann Mathieu took the honor as top defensive player on The Associated Press All-SEC team released Monday.
LSU’s Les Miles was tabbed as coach of the year after guiding the top-ranked Tigers (13-0) to the conference championship and a spot in the national title game against No. 2 Alabama. Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was named freshman of the year despite injuries and disciplinary issues.
Georgia lineman Cordy Glenn and tight end Orson Charles were named to the All-SEC first-team offense. Jarvis Jones and Bacarri Rambo were selected to the first-team defense for the Bulldogs. South Carolina offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins and defensive end Melvin Ingram were also first-team picks.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson captured one of the closest races for the first team, receiving seven votes to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s five.
MISSISSIPPI: Hugh Freeze was named Ole Miss’ 37th football coach, taking over for Houston Nutt, who was fired after one of the worst seasons in school history. Freeze arrives from Arkansas State, which he led to the 2011 Sun Belt Conference championship and a 10-2 record in his first season as a coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
OREGON: All-American cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed for violating team rules. He was already suspended and wasn’t allowed to participate in team activities. He missed the last five games of the regular season and last weekend’s
Pac-12 championship game.
Harris was suspended by coach Chip Kelly after a traffic stop in which he was cited for driving on a suspended license, without proper insurance and without a seatbelt. Harris was also suspended to start the season after he was cited for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 in June.
It was unclear whether Harris’ dismissal was related to the suspension, or whether it was a new violation. A spokesman for Oregon said the nature of the issue was not disclosed.
OKLAHOMA STATE: Officials say they are considering everything from fines for lawbreakers to increased security after 12 fans were injured when thousands stormed the field in Saturday’s conference championship game.