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    2012 SEC Football Season In Review (PDF)

    During the last seven years (2006-12), Southeastern Conference football has experienced success that is unparalleled in its football history and in the history of college football.  During this tenure, the SEC’s achievements have been demonstrated by:
     
    • Triumphs in BCS bowl games, including the BCS National Championship Game
    • Non-conference success in regular season and bowl games
    • Defeating highly-ranked non-conference teams
    • Success in the polls and rankings
    • Individual awards and All-America Teams
    • Academic and Community Service Standouts
    • Continued accomplishments of former SEC student-athletes in the NFL

     
    SEC IN THE BCS

    • The SEC has won seven consecutive national championships, nine of 14 BCS National Championships and 23 overall national titles (AP, BCS, FWAA, coaches poll).  Alabama defeated  Notre Dame 42-14 on Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship Game for the SEC’s seventh straight national title.
     
    •  Four different SEC schools have won the BCS National Championship since 2006 (Auburn, 2010; Alabama, 2009, 2011, 2012; Florida, 2006 and 2008; LSU, 2007).  Tennessee (1998) and LSU (2004) have also won the BCS crown.  The Big 12 (Texas and Oklahoma) and the ACC (Miami and Florida State) have each had two schools win titles since 1998.
     
    • Since 2006, more than half of the slots in the BCS National Championship Game have been taken by SEC teams (9 of 16).  The Big Ten and the Big 12 have two each and the Pac-10 has one.
     
    •  No other conference has won a BCS National Championship Game since Texas defeated Southern California, 41-38, in the Rose Bowl following the 2005 regular season.  The SEC has won the last seven in a row.

    • An SEC team has led or tied for the lead at the end of 24 of the last 28 quarters of BCS National Championship Game play.
     
    • Since 2006, an SEC team has been ranked first in the weekly BCS standings in 30 of the 56 weeks, with four different teams holding the top spot.  Florida was first for seven weeks, Alabama for 10 weeks, Auburn for three and LSU for 10 weeks, including all eight polls of this season.  The Big Ten has held the top spot for 13 weeks (all Ohio State), the Big 12 for six weeks (Texas and Oklahoma  twice, Missouri and Kansas State once) and the Pac-10 four weeks (all Oregon).
     
    •  The SEC has had more teams ranked in the BCS standings for the most times than any other conference since 2006.  The league has had 12 of its 14 teams ranked at one time or another since 2006 for a total of 290 times.  The SEC breakdown:  LSU (53), Alabama (43), Florida (41), Georgia (31), Auburn (29), South Carolina (29), Arkansas (23), Tennessee (14), Mississippi State (12), Texas A&M (8), Kentucky (4) and Ole Miss (3).
     
    • Since 2006, the SEC has posted a 10-4 record in BCS bowl games, more wins and a higher winning percentage (.750) than any other conference.  The win total nearly equals that of the next two highest conferences.  Here are the BCS bowl records of all conferences since 2006:
     
    • Three of the top nine defensive performanes in BCS history have been registered by SEC teams, more than any other conference.  Alabama’s shutout of LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game was the first shutout in BCS history.  Georgia defeated Hawaii, 41-10, in the 2008 Sugar Bowl, and Florida defeated Syracuse, 31-10, in the 1999 Orange Bowl - both are tied for 7th in lowest point total allowed in a BCS game.
     
    • Alabama’s 28-point victory over Notre Dame in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship seconc-largest in the BCS era. (Southern Cal defeated Oklahoma by 36 in the 2005 BCS Championship Game for the top spot, however, that victory was later vacated.)
     
    • During the current seven year streak, the SEC’s average margin of victory in BCS National Championship Games is 17 points, which includes a three point victory over Oregon in 2011, the only game during the streak decided by single digits.
     
    SEC IN OVERALL BOWL GAMES

    • Since 2006, the SEC has accrued more bowl wins (42) and appearances (73) than any other conference.  The conference’s .656 bowl winning percentage is third behind the Big East (23-10, .697) and Mountain West (20-9, .690) during that time.
     
    • In the 2012-13 bowl season, the SEC had the most wins (6) and had the third highest win percentage (6-3, .667), tied for second-highest among conferences that had six-or-more teams in bowl games.
     
    • In January bowl games, the SEC is 27-12 (.692) against non-conference competition.  Since 2008, the league is 21-8 (.724) against non-conference foes in January bowl games.
     
    SEC vs. OTHER CONFERENCES

    • Since 2006, the SEC has posted the highest non-conference winning percentage (regular season & bowls) than any other conference.  The league has a 333-74 record, an 81.8 winning percentage.  The SEC has won no less than 43 non-conference games (regular season & bowls) during the last seven seasons (2006-2012).  This season, the SEC was 54-11 (.831), the highest percentage among FBS conferences.
     
    • Teams from the SEC have posted 44 wins in the last seven years against non-conference Top 25 teams (at time game was played), an average of over six wins per season.  Nine of the 14 SEC teams have at least one win against a non-conference Top 25 team in the last six years with LSU (8), Georgia (8), Alabama (7), Florida (5), South Carolina (6) Auburn (3) and Texas A&M (1) leading the way.  SEC teams have beaten teams ranked 1-25 since 2006 with the exception of No. 6.
     
    1 – Florida def. #1 Ohio State, 41-14, 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game; LSU def. #1 Ohio State, 38-24, 2008 Allstate BCS National Championship Game; Florida def. #1 Oklahoma, 24-14, 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game; Alabama def. #1 Notre Dame, 42-14, 2013 Discover BCS National Ch ampionship Game.
    2 – Florida def. #2 Oklahoma, 24-14, 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game; Alabama def. #2 Texas, 37-21, 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game; Auburn def. #2 Oregon, 22-19, 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
    3 - LSU def. #3 Oregon, 40-27, Sept. 3, 2011
    4 – Florida def. #4 Cincinnati, 51-24, 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl
    5 - Florida def. #5 Florida State, 37-26, Nov. 24, 2012
    7 – Alabama def. #7 Virginia Tech, 34-24, Sept. 5, 2009; Georgia def. #7 Georgia Tech, 30-24, Nov. 28, 2009
    8 - Arkansas def. #8 Kansas State, 29-16, Jan. 6, 2012; Alabama def. #8 Michigan, 41-14, Sept. 1, 2012
    9 – Kentucky def. #9 Louisville, 40-34, Sept. 15, 2007; LSU def. #9 Virginia Tech, 48-7, Sept. 8, 2007; Alabama def. #9 Clemson, 34-10, Aug. 30, 2008; South Carolina def. #9 Nebraska, 30-13, Jan. 2, 2012; South Carolina def. #9 Clemson, 27-17, Nov. 24, 2012
    10 – LSU def. #10 Notre Dame, 41-14, 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl; Georgia def. #10 Hawaii, 41-10, 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl
    11 – Texas A&M def. #11 Oklahoma, 41-13, 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl
    12 – Tennessee def. #12 California, 35-18, Sept. 2, 2006
    13 - Arkansas def. #13 Texas A&M, 42-38, Oct. 1, 2011
    14 – Alabama def. #14 Penn State, 24-3, Sept. 11, 2010
    15 – Georgia def. #15 Virginia Tech, 31-24, 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl; Tennessee def. #15 Wisconsin, 21-17, 2008 Outback Bowl; South Carolina def. #15 Clemson, 34-17, Nov. 28, 2009
    16 – Georgia def. #16 Georgia Tech, 15-12, Nov. 25, 2006; Auburn def. #16 Clemson, 23-20, 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl; LSU def. #16 West Virginia, 47-21, Sept. 24, 2011; Georgia def. #16 Nebraska, 45-31, 2013 Capital One Bowl                                                                                       
    17 - LSU def. #17 Texas A&M, 41-24, 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl; South Carolina def. #17 Clemson, 34-13, Nov. 26, 2011
    18 – Ole Miss def. #18 Oklahoma State, 21-7, 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl; LSU def. #18 North Carolina, 30-24, Sept. 4, 2010
    19 – Georgia def. #19 Michigan State, 24-12, 2009 Capital One Bowl
    20 - Alabama def. #20 Penn State, 27-11, Sept. 10, 2011; South Carolina def. #20 Michigan, 33-28, 2013 Outback Bowl
    21 – LSU def. #21 West Virginia, 20-14, Sept. 25, 2010
    22 – Auburn def. #22 Nebraska, 17-14, 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl
    23 – Florida def. #23 Florida State, 45-15, Nov. 29, 2008
    24 – South Carolina def. #24 Clemson, 31-28, Nov. 25, 2006; Georgia def. #24 Arizona State, 27-10, Sept. 20, 2008
    25 - Georgia def. #25 Georgia Tech, 31-17, Nov. 26, 2011
    [NOTE:  poll used either AP, BCS, USA Today or Harris]
     
    SEC IN FINAL RANKINGS

    • Since 2006, the SEC has had the most teams ranked in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.  The conference has had 36 teams ranked in the final USA Today rankings, six more than the Big 12 (28) and 10 more than the Big Ten (26).
     
    • The SEC has either led or tied for the lead with the most teams ranked in the USA Today Top 25 for six of the last seven seasons.  In 2012, the SEC finished with a record seven teams ranked in the final Top 25 poll. Ten SEC schools were ranked at some point during the 2012 season in the Coaches’ Poll.
     
    SEC INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AND ALL-AMERICANS

    • In the 29 individual awards given this season, the SEC has had at least one recipient in 25 of them since 2006.  The SEC has not had a winner of the Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver), Lou Groza (placekicker), Brian Burlsworth (walk-on) and Johnny Unitas (senior quarterback) in the last six seasons.
     
    • Since 2006, the SEC football student-athletes and coaches have won 59 major individual awards, an average of more than eight per year.  The league won an all time high 12 individual honors in 2010 and won eight this season for the second straight year.
     
    • The SEC has won a national player of the year in six years with five different players – Darren McFadden, Arkansas, and Tim Tebow, Florida, in 2007; Tebow in 2008; Mark Ingram, Alabama, in 2009; Cam Newton, Auburn, in 2010; and Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, in 2012.  The SEC did not have a national player of the year in 2011.
     
    SEC INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS SINCE 2006

    HEISMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY (Nation’s best player) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012); Cam Newton, Auburn (2010); Mark Ingram, Alabama (2009); Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
    CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD (Nation’s best defensive player) – Patrick Peterson, LSU (2010); Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (2011)
    RAY GUY AWARD (Nation’s best punter) – Chas Henry, Florida (2010); Drew Butler, Georgia (2009)
    MAXWELL AWARD (Nation’s best player) – Cam Newton, Auburn (2010); Tim Tebow, Florida (2008); Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
    WALTER CAMP AWARD (Nation’s best player) – Cam Newton, Auburn (2010); Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2007)
    DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD (Nation’s best quarterback) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012); Cam Newton, Auburn (2010); Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
    JIM THORPE AWARD (Nation’s best defensive back) – Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (2012);  Morris Claiborne, LSU (2011); Patrick Peterson, LSU (2010); Eric Berry, Tennessee (2009)
    JOHN MACKEY AWARD (Nation’s best tight end) – D.J. Williams, Arkansas (2010); Aaron Hernandez, Florida (2009)
    ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD (Nation’s outstanding lineman) – Nick Fairley, Auburn (2010); Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2007)
    PAUL HORNUNG AWARD (Nation’s most versatile player) -- Brandon Boykin, Georgia (2011)
    FRANK BROYLES AWARD (Nation’s top assistant coach) – John Chavis, LSU (2011); Gus Malzahan, Auburn (2010); Kirby Smart, Alabama (2009)
    Wuerffel Trophy (Community service with athletic and academic achievement) – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2011)
    AFCA ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR - Kirby Smart, Alabama (2012)
    DISNEY SPIRIT AWARD (Top inspirational story) – Alabama Football Team (2011); D.J. Williams, Arkansas (2010)
    HOME DEPOT COACH OF THE YEAR (National Coach of the Year) – Les Miles, LSU (2011); Gene Chizik, Auburn (2010); Nick Saban, Alabama (2008)
    EDDIE ROBINSON FWAA COACH OF THE YEAR – Nick Saban, Alabama (2008)
    LIBERTY MUTUAL COACH OF THE YEAR -- Nick Saban, Alabama (2008); Les Miles, LSU (2011)
    CoSIDA/ESPN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2012); Greg McElroy, Alabama (2010); Tim Tebow, Florida (2009)
    BUTKUS AWARD (Nation’s best linebacker) – Rolando McClain, Alabama (2009); Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (2006)
    WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY (Nation’s top scholar-athlete) – Tim Tebow, Florida (2009); Barrett Jones, Alabama (2012)
    RIMINGTON TROPHY (Nation’s best center) – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2012); Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (2009); Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas (2007)
    LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD (Nation’s top senior student-athlete) – Tim Tebow, Florida (2009)
    WUERFFEL TROPHY (Community Service, Athletic and Academic Achievement) – Tim Tebow, Florida (2008)
    OUTLAND TROPHY (Nation’s top lineman) – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2011); Andre Smith, Alabama (2008); Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2007)
    WALTER CAMP COACH OF THE YEAR – Nick Saban, Alabama (2008)
    BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD (Nation’s top defensive player) – Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2007)
    DOAK WALKER AWARD (Nation’s top running back) – Trent Richardson, Alabama (2011); Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2007); Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2006)
    LOTT TROPHY (Defensive IMPACT Player) – Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2007)
    MANNING AWARD (Nation’s top quarterback) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012); Tim Tebow, Florida (2008); JaMarcus Russell, LSU (2006)
    ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012); Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
    ARA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD -- Barrett Jones, Alabama (2011)
    TED HENDRICKS TROPHY (Nation’s best defensive ends) -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (2012)
     
    SEC FOOTBALL ACADEMIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE STANDOUTS

    • 16 SEC football student-athletes have won 18 national academic and community service awards since 2006.  The SEC has had the last three CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-Americas of the Year in football, a recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy (known as the “Academic Heisman”), 10 first-team CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America first team recipients, five National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes and nine representatives on the AFCA Good Works Team.
     
    2006
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team – Hayden Lane, OL, Kentucky
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete – Chris Leak, QB, Florida
    AFCA Good Works Team – William Brown, OL, South Carolina; Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia; Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky; James Wilhoit, PK, Tennessee
     
    2007
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete – Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida; Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky
    AFCA Good Works Team – Jason Cook, FB, Ole Miss; Kelin Johnson, SS, Georgia;
     
    2008
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida; Tim Masthay, P, Kentucky
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
    AFCA Good Works Team – Tim Masthay, P, Kentucky
    Wuerrfel Trophy – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
     
    2009
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
    NFF William V. Campbell Trophy – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida; Colin Peek, TE, Alabama
    CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
    AFCA Good Works Team – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida; Jeff Owens, DL, Georgia
     
    2010
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete – Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama; Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
    CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America First Team – Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama; Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama; Drew Butler, P, Georgia
     
    2011
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete - Drew Butler, P, Georgia
    Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team - Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama; Drew Butler, P, Georgia
    AFCA Good Works Team - Aron White, TE, Georgia; Jacob Lewellen, DL, Kentucky
    ARA Sportsmanship Award -- Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
     
    2012
    National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
    NFF William V. Campbell Trophy - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
    Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team - TBA
    AFCA Good Works Team - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama; Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn; Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
     
    • Since 1992, the SEC leads all conferences with 57 selections to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. With Aaron Murray's selection this year, Georgia moves into first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees each. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams, respectively.
     
    •  The SEC would fill a complete first unit of first-team All-Americas since 2006.  The SEC has had 70 players make first-team All-America in the AP, Walter Camp, FWAA or AFCA squads, including 12 for the 2012 season.  The list represents at least one player at every position.
     
    Offense (24)
    QB – Tim Tebow, Florida (2007)
    QB – Cam Newton, Auburn (2010)
    QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012)
    RB – Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2006-07)
    RB – Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (2008)
    RB – Mark Ingram, Alabama (2009)
    RB – Trent Richardson, Alabama (2011)
    WR – Robert Meachem, Tennessee (2006)
    WR – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (2010)
    TE – Aaron Hernandez, Florida (2009)
    TE – Orson Charles, Georgia (2011)
    OL – Arron Sears, Tennessee (2006)
    OL – Michael Oher, Ole Miss (2008)
    OL – Andre Smith, Alabama (2008)
    OL – Herman Johnson, LSU (2008)
    OL – Mike Johnson, Alabama (2009)
    OL – Lee Ziemba, Auburn (2010)
    OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2011-12)
    OL – Chance Warmack, Alabama (2012)
    OL – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (2012)
    C – Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas (2007)
    C – Andre Caldwell, Alabama (2008)
    C – Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (2009)
     
    Defense (36)
    DL – Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2006-07)
    DL – Terrence Cody, Alabama (2008-09)
    DL – Peria Jerry, Ole Miss (2008)
    DL – Nick Fairley, Auburn (2010)
    DL – Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (2011)
    DL – Sam Montgomery, LSU (2011)
    DL – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (2012)
    DL – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (2012)
    LB – Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (2006)
    LB – Brandon Spikes, Florida (2008)
    LB – Rolando McClain, Alabama (2009)
    LB – Eric Norwood, South Carolina (2009)
    LB – Justin Houston, Georgia (2010)
    LB – Jarvis Jones, Georgia (2011)
    LB – Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (2011)
    LB – Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (2011)
    LB – Jarvis Jones, Georgia (2012)
    LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama (2012)
    DB – Eric Berry, Tennessee (2008-09)
    DB – LaRon Landry, LSU (2006)
    DB – Craig Steltz, LSU (2007)
    DB – Rashad Johnson, Alabama (2008)
    DB – Javier Arenas, Alabama (2009)
    DB – Joe Haden, Florida (2009)
    DB – Mark Barron, Alabama (2010)
    DB – Patrick Peterson, LSU (2010)
    DB – Morris Claiborne, LSU (2011)
    DB – Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (2011)
    DB – Mark Barron, Alabama (2011)
    DB – Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (2011)
    DB – DeQuan Menzie, Alabama (2011)
    DB – Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (2011)
    DB – Eric Reid, LSU (2012)
    DB – Dee Milliner, Alabama (2012)
    DB – Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (2012)
    SAF – Matt Elam, Florida (2012)
     
    Specialists (10)
    PK – Daniel Lincoln, Tennessee (2007)
    PK – Leigh Tiffin, Alabama (2009)
    PK – Josh Jasper, LSU (2010)
    P – Drew Butler, Georgia (2009)
    P – Chas Henry, Florida (2010)
    P – Brad Wing, LSU (2011)
    RS – Felix Jones, Arkansas (2007)
    RS – Brandon James, Florida (2008)
    RS – Joe Adams, Arkansas (2011)
    AP– Randall Cobb, Kentucky (2010)