Tennessee return specialist Evan Berry was announced as a First-Team All-SEC selection on Tuesday afternoon, which was voted on by the league’s coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Berry, who led the nation with a 38.3 yard-per-return average on kickoff returns, also tied a school single-season record with three scores in an impressive sophomore campaign.
Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd and defensive end Derek Barnett were named to Second Teaml. Barnett, also a Second Team selection last season as a true freshman, finished the season tied for third in the SEC in total sacks with nine. He had 11.5 total tackles for loss, 61 tackles and seven quarterback hurries in the regular season.
Hurd, a sophomore, finished fourth in the SEC with 1,158 yards on the ground this season. Cam Sutton, who led the SEC in punt return yardage while also being one of the best cover corners in the league, is perhaps Tennessee’s biggest snub from the list. Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and punter Trevor Daniel are among other Vols who are worthy of consideration who were not honored.
Thirteen of the 14 SEC schools placed a member on the first-team All-SEC squad, while 12 teams at least two total All-SEC selections. Alabama’s 10 total selections are the most since the Crimson Tide placed 11 and LSU landed 10 on the 2011 All-SEC Coaches’ Football Teams, according to a press release from the SEC.
Here’s the complete list.