Originally created 12/06/01

Grossman, Simmons and Nutt honored



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Florida quarterback Rex Grossman, Auburn offensive lineman Kendall Simmons and Arkansas coach Houston Nutt topped the 2001 coaches' awards for the Southeastern Conference.

Grossman was named SEC Player of the Year after leading the conference and nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.8. Grossman, a sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., completed 259-of-395 passes for 3,896 yards and 34 touchdowns this season.

Simmons, a senior from Ripley, Miss., won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He helped the Tigers to a 7-4 overall record and a 5-3 SEC record.

Nutt pulled the Razorbacks out of a 1-3 start to finish at 7-4 and 4-4 in the SEC. His peers voted him SEC Coach of the Year.

Eight of the 12 SEC teams were represented on the first-team All-SEC squad. Florida had the most players on the All-SEC team with 10. LSU had eight and Tennessee had seven.

Four players were unanimous selections: Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, South Carolina outside linebacker Kalimba Edwards, Tennessee running back Travis Stephens and Grossman.

2001 SEC Football Coaches Teams

The coaches' All-Southeastern Conference football teams, released Wednesday, with position, name, height, weight, class and school:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

TE - Randy McMichael, 6-4, 228, Jr., Georgia

OL - Terrence Metcalf, 6-4, 315, Sr., Mississippi

OL - Mike Pearson, 6-7, 292, Jr., Florida

OL - Kendall Simmons, 6-3, 314, Sr., Auburn

OL - Fred Weary, 6-4, 301, Sr., Tennessee

C - Zac Zendalis, 6-3, 280, Sr., Florida

WR - Jabar Gaffney, 6-1, 202, So., Florida

WR - Josh Reed, 5-11, 205, Jr., LSU

QB - Rex Grossman, 6-1, 218, So., Florida

RB - Travis Stephens, 5-9, 190, Sr., Tennessee

RB - LaBrandon Toefield, 6-0, 224, So., LSU

PK - Damon Duval, 6-1, 186, Jr., Auburn

Defense

DL - Alex Brown, 6-3, 264, Sr., Florida

DL - John Henderson, 6-7, 290, Sr., Tennessee

DL - Will Overstreet, 6-4, 260, Sr., Tennessee

OLB - Kalimba Edwards, 6-6, 262, Sr., South Carolina

OLB - Bradie James, 6-3, 228, So., LSU

ILB - Trev Faulk, 6-3, 225, Jr., LSU

ILB - Saleem Rasheed, 6-3, 223, Jr., Alabama

DB - Lito Sheppard, 5-10, 194, Jr., Florida

DB - Tim Wansley, 5-9, 172, St., Georgia

DB - Syniker Taylor, 6-0, 219, Sr., Mississippi

DB - Andre Lott, 5-11, 185, Sr., Tennessee

DB - Sheldon Brown, 5-10, 192, Sr., South Carolina

P - Damon Duval, 6-1, 186, Jr., Auburn

SECOND TEAM

Offense

TE - Terry Jones, 6-4, 267, Jr., Alabama

OL - Jon Stinchcomb, 6-6, 278, Jr., Georgia

OL - Melvin Paige, 6-5, 300, Sr., South Carolina

OL - Jason Baggett, 6-5, 310, Sr., LSU

OL - Shane Hall, 6-6, 305, Jr., South Carolina

OL - Pat Green, 6-7, 335, Sr., Vanderbilt

C - Ben Claxton, 6-3, 288, Jr., Mississippi

C - Curt McGill, 6-4, 274, Sr., Georgia

WR - Reche Caldwell, 6-0, 198, Jr., Florida

WR - Donte' Stallworth, 6-1, 190, Jr., Tennessee

WR - Kelley Washington, 6-4, 225, Fr., Tennessee

WR - Dan Stricker, 6-3, 201, Jr., Vanderbilt

QB - Rohan Davey, 6-3, 235, Sr., LSU

RB - Lew Thomas, 6-0, 213, Sr., Vanderbilt

RB - Joe Gunn, 5-10, 200, Sr., Mississippi

RB - Fred Talley, 5-9, 180, Jr., Arkansas

PK - Jeff Chandler, 6-2, 215, Sr., Florida

Defense

DL - Charles Grant, 6-4, 267, Jr., Georgia

DL - Kenny King, 6-5, 277, Jr., Alabama

DL - Kindal Moorehead, 6-4, 288, Jr., Alabama

DL - Jarvis Green, 6-3, 265, Sr., LSU

OLB - Boss Bailey, 6-4, 218, Jr., Georgia

OLB - Eddie Strong, 6-4, 245, Jr., Mississippi

ILB - Andra Davis, 6-1, 254, Sr., Florida

ILB - Donatarrious Thomas, 6-4, 220, Sr., Auburn

DB - Pig Prather, 6-2, 186, Sr., Mississippi St.

DB - Todd Johnson, 6-1, 194, Jr., Florida

DB - Andre Goodman, 5-10, 188, Sr., South Carolina

DB - Damien James, 5-11, 191, Jr., LSU

P - Glenn Pakulak, 6-3, 228, Jr. Kentucky