Polite first-team All-SEC by AP

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Florida defensive linemen Jachai Polite and Adam Shuler II (95) celebrate after a sack by Polite against LSU at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun]

The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, with position, name, school, height, weight, class and hometown:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

u-WR – A.J. Brown, Mississippi (u), 6-1, 230, Jr., Starkville, Mississippi

WR – Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 192, So., Deerfield Beach, Florida

T – Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-6, 325, Jr., Allen, Texas

T – Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 301, Jr., Folsom, California

G – Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3, 305, Sr., McComb, Mississippi

G – Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri, 6-5, 330, Jr., East St. Louis, Illinois

C – Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 309, Sr., Cedar Falls, Iowa

TE – Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr., Kingfisher, Oklahoma

u-QB – Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 6-1, 218, So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii

RB – Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, 5-11, 223, Jr., Westerville, Ohio

RB – Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-9, 200, Jr., Houston

PK – Cole Tracy, LSU, 5-11, 188, Sr., Camarillo, California

All-purpose – Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

Defense

DE – Jachai Polite, Florida, 6-2, 242, Jr., Daytona Beach, Florida

DE – Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 245, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

DT – Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4, 300, Jr., Macon, Mississippi

DT – Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 295, So., Birmingham, Alabama

u-LB Josh Allen, Kentucky, 6-5, 260, Sr., Montclair, New Jersey

LB – Deshaun Davis, Auburn, 5-11, 233, Sr., Prichard, Alabama

LB – Devin White, LSU, 6-1, 240, Jr., Springhill, Louisiana

CB – Deandre Baker, Georgia, 5-11, 185, Sr., Miami

CB – Greedy Williams, LSU, 6-3, 184, So., Shreveport, Louisiana

S – Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 6-0, 215, Sr., Columbia, Mississippi

S – Grant Delpit, LSU, 6-3, 203, So., Houston

P – Braden Mann, Texas A&M, 5-11, 190, Jr., Houston

SECOND TEAM

Offense

WR – Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 201, Jr., New Orleans

WR – Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

T – Martez Ivey, Florida, 6-5, 306, Sr., Apopka, Florida

T – Andrew Thomas, Georgia, 6-5, 320, So., Lithonia, Georgia

G – Zack Bailey, South Carolina, 6-6, 314, Sr., Summerville, South Carolina

G – Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr., Svendborg, Denmark

C – Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-2, 308, Sr., Fayetteville, North Carolina

TE – Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-4, 255, Norcross, Georgia

QB – Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225, Sr., Lee’s Summit, Missouri

RB – D’Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-9, 215, So., Philadelphia

RB – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 222, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

PK – Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-1, 191, Jr., Marietta, Georgia

All-purpose – Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-11, 183, Jr., Bowman, Georgia

Defense

DE – Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-5, 286, Sr., Ruston, Louisiana

DE – Raekwon Davis, Alabama, 6-7, 316, Jr., Meridian, Mississippi

DT – Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 320, Jr., Sugar Hill, Georgia

DT – Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri, 6-4, 295, Sr., East St. Louis, Illinois

LB – De’Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0, 245, Jr., Harvey, Louisiana

LB – Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State, 6-1, 250, So., Florence, Alabama

LB —D’Andre Walker, Georgia, 6-3, 245, Sr., Fairburn, Georgia

CB – Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State, 6-2, 175, So., Hammond, Louisiana

CB – Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 210, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

S – Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 6-0, 201, Sr., Cincinnati

S – Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-2, 196, Jr., Orange, Texas

P – Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU, 6-5, 245, So., Lake Charles, Louisiana

Offensive Player of the Year —QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year_LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

Newcomer of the Year —RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt (Illinois transfer)

Coach of the Year_Mark Stoops, Kentucky

20 COMMENTS

    • Polite was a 3*-33rd ranked SDE and #741st ranked player in the nation according to 247. Pretty sure I remember some Gator fans ragging on the 3* ranking when he committed, just like they are with the O-lineman Mullen just flipped from Miami.

      • Joe. Actually, most of the stories about Polite back then were about how underrated he was and should have been rated much higher than he was. In fact, an OL recruit from Florida was quoted as saying that Polite was the best defensive lineman he played against in high school (I think they may have been on the same HS team) and that he would become a great player in college. It happened.

        • I’m sure there were people that claimed he should be higher rated, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t people calling the Gators 3* U and ragging on Mac for going after 3 star players. I fully agree you need to load up on 4 and 5 star players, but no one should question a 3* player or act like it’s a negative before they even step foot on campus. That 3* player could very easily outperform most 5* players, which is exactly what happened with Polite. Guys like Reese and Zuniga aren’t performing like 3* players either. A lot of people like to claim it’s not the norm for 3* players to perform like 5*, but it seems to be happening with a lot of players on this team. People need to save the negativity about star rankings till after they step on the field and prove their worth. I personally think they need to do away with star rankings all together.

          • Joe. My point has always been that a team needs a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits to compete for and win championships. No doubt some three star players become great players. but more 4 and 5 star players become great players when you consider the percentages of those players vs. 3 star recruits. And there is no doubt that teams with more 4 and 5 star recruits win championships. And Florida is about winning championships. Per Mullen. Per Stricklin. Per most of Gator Nation. If Florida and Mullen just want to compete and win 7 to 9 games each year and watch Bama and Georgia win titles, then settling for not getting a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits will work just fine.

    • magnumpk. Nine of the 44 starters (not including specialists) were five-star recruits (including the player of the year on offense). Eighteen of 44 starters were four-star recruits. Sixteen of the 44 starters were three-star recruits. And one of the 44 starters (player of the year on defense) was a two-star recruit (Josh Allen, who had offers from Kentucky and Monmouth (it happens occasionally, but is not the norm). And before jumping to conclusions about the numbers, remember that the largest amount of recruits signed into college football and the SEC are three-star recruits by far. And the smallest number signed are five-star recruits. For example, I bet the percentage of five-star players on the team is much higher than the percentage of four-star recruits on the team and much higher than the number of three star recruits on the team. And the biggest thing to remember is that I bet the two teams that played for the SEC championship this year likely had the most 5 and 4-star recruits playing for them in comparison to other teams in the SEC.

    • agreed about mullen and congratulations to polite and ivey.
      on another topic, I look forward to future years. I know bama looks great with tua, but he showed some possibilities of being beatable against Georgia, a good sign for once the gators win the SEC east.

    • Gatorbob. MSU had one five star and four three stars on the two teams. But note that MSU did not win a championship and all of Mullen’s former players who made the two teams made the teams on defense, not offense. Too many three stars on offense to win it all.

      • Swampy, thanks! It is interesting that there was so much talent on the defense side of the ball from an offense-minded coach. I think it means he surrounds himself with a good coaching staff. I also think there were simply too many really good teams in the West (Alabama, LSU, Auburn, TA&M) when Mullen was at Mississippi State to win championships. I really like Mullen as our coach and hope he gets the talent on both sides of the ball to win a few championships here.

        • Gatorbob. Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and even A&M had many more 4 and 5 star recruits than Mississippi State had. And all but one won championships while Mullen was at MSU. But put Mullen at LSU or Auburn (and even A&M) and I believe those teams would have won even more championships. He is that good of a head coach. But he has to get more top recruits to compete with Bama and Georgia now. And I think he is headed in that direction now.