Pro Football Focus announced its 2015 PFF College Freshman All-American team, and the SEC defensive linemen neophytes dominated the list. Six of the eight defensive linemen honored play in the SEC.
Three defensive linemen were named to first team, while three more earned second-team honors.
LSU’s Arden Key was named a first-team edge rusher. He had three sacks, nine hits and 26 hurries on 309 pass attempts. Florida’s CeCe Jefferson was named to the second-team.
Missouri’s Terry Beckner and UGA’s Trenton Thompson both earned first-team interior defensive lineman status. Beckner was ranked second among all freshmen against the run while Thompson “had a disruptive presence against the run.” Texas A&M’s Daylon Mack and Alabama’s Daron Payne were named second-team.
In all, the SEC has 14 players on the list — most of any conference. First-team players included Auburn fullback Chandler Cox, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley, Texas A&M slot receiver Christian Kirk, Aggies guard Keaton Sutherland, LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver II, Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick in the defensive slot and Florida returner Antonio Callaway.
Auburn’s Carlton Davis was named second-team cornerback.