The awards continue to pile up for Tennessee freshman defensive end Derek Barnett. Barnett has been named to the Coaches All-SEC Freshman Team, adding on to his Second-Team All-SEC honors that he received from both the Associated Press and the league’s coaches earlier this week.
Barnett led all SEC freshmen in tackles for loss (20.5), tackles (69) and came in second in sacks (10) – setting single-season freshman records for the Vols in sacks and TFLs in the process.
He’s joined on the All-SEC Freshman team by offensive guard Jashon Robertson, who started all 12 games for the Vols at right guard after switching over from defensive tackle in the middle of camp and safety Todd Kelly Jr., who played in all 12 games, started three and had three interceptions, a fumble recovery and 30 tackles on the season.
Tennessee tied Alabama and Georgia for the most players on the team with three a piece. Three is also the most Tennessee’s had on the team since the 2011 season when the Vols had four selected (A.J. Johnson, Marcus Jackson, Brian Randolph, Curt Maggitt).
Running back Jalen Hurd, tight end Ethan Wolf, cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and kicker Aaron Medley were among the other Vols which had a reasonable chance but did not make the team.
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