Georgia and Auburn met in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, and the teams have continued to rack up the accolades this week.
The SEC announced its postseason award winners on Wednesday, and there is a distinct Georgia and Auburn flavor. The conference’s coaches voted on the award winners. None could vote for players on his own team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn — He led the SEC in rushing yards with 1,320 and touchdowns with 19, even while missing two games because of injuries.
Defensive Player of the Year: Roquan Smith, Georgia — For the second season is a row, he leads Georgia in tackles with 113, with 10.5 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. Smith was named the MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
Freshman of the Year: Jake Fromm, Georgia — After taking over for the injured Jacob Eason in the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, Fromm guided the Georgia offense to the SEC title. He ranks third in the conference in pass efficiency, threw for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, and received SEC Freshman of the Week recognition three times.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Daniel Carlson, Auburn — This season is the second-straight year the Tigers talented kicker has won the award, the first time that has ever happened. Earlier this season he set the SEC career scoring record, which now stands at 471 points.
Jacobs Blocking Trophy: Braden Smith, Auburn — Started every game for Auburn and helped lead the way for one of the SEC’s top rushing attacks. Smith was also named to the midseason All-America team.
Coach of the Year: Kirby Smart, Georgia — In his second season, Smart led the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record including undefeated in the SEC East, SEC Championship, and College Football Playoff berth.
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Danny Etling, LSU — After graduating in May, Etling was named was elected Vice Chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council and is a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.