ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones of Columbus, Ga., has been named the Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year, as the 2012 AP All-SEC team was announced Monday.
Jones has accumulated 77 tackles, including 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game. Jones' 22.5 tackles for loss this season ranks second in school history behind David Pollack's 23.5 in 2002.
Jones was joined on the first team by tailback Todd Gurley, who is the first UGA true freshman to be named to the All-SEC first team since A.J. Green in 2008. Gurley has rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, and he is just the second true freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards. He is second in the SEC and first among running backs with 96.9 rushing yards per game.
Senior nose guard John Jenkins, junior linebacker Alec Ogletree and senior safety Bacarri Rambo were voted to the second team, while junior quarterback Aaron Murray was named honorable mention All-SEC.
Jenkins has tallied 50 tackles this season, including 17 in the last two games against Georgia Tech and Alabama. He has registered two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in addition to 15 quarterback pressures.
Ogletree leads the team with 98 tackles in just nine games. He has been the team's leading tackler in the last five games, including a career-high 15 stops against Georgia Tech. Ogletree has 8.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Rambo has recorded three interceptions in nine games this season and 16 for his career, which is tied for the most in UGA history. He is second on the team with three forced fumbles to go along with 67 tackles.
Murray has passed for 3,466 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, becoming the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000-plus yards in three straight seasons. He ranks first all-time in school history with 91 career touchdown passes, and has thrown for 1,302 yards with 15 touchdowns and just one interception in the last five games. Murray is second in the NCAA in passing efficiency.
The Bulldogs (11-2) will face Nebraska (10-3) in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.
2012 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference Team
WR - u-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr.
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Jr.
L - Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.
L - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.
L - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr.
L - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, Jr.
C - u-Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
TE - Jordan Reed, Florida, 6-3, 243, Jr.
QB - u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 218, Fr.
RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida, 5-11, 209, Sr.
K - Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 184, Sr.
All-Purpose - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6-3, 205, Jr.
T - Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6-3, 303, Jr.
T - Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr.
E - u-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.
E - Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
LB - u-Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.
LB - Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2, 245, Jr.
CB - u-Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Sr.
CB - u-Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
S - Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 202, Jr.
S - Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P - Kyle Christy, Florida, 6-2, 199, So.
WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr.
WR - Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-11, 200, Sr.
L - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr.
L - Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr.
L - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 332, So.
L - Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 310, Sr.
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6-5, 305, Jr.
TE - Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 6-3, 244, Sr.
QB - A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr.
RB - Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr.
K - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-8, 175, Jr.
T - Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 320, Sr.
T - John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 358, Sr.
T - Bennie Logan, LSU, 6-3, 295, Jr.
E - Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5, 260, Jr.
LB - Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 232, Jr.
LB - Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State, 6-3, 230, Sr.
LB - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr.
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 203, Fr.
CB - Andrew Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 184, Jr.
CB - Marcus Robertson, Florida, 6-0, 178, So.
S - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr.
S - Craig Loston, LSU, 6-2, 205, Jr.
S - Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210, Sr.
P - Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr.
La'el Collins, L, LSU, 6-5, 321, So.; Josh Dworaczyk, L, LSU, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Wesley Johnson, L, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 285, Jr.; Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Jr.; Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, 6-1, 210, Jr.
Robert Lester, S, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Chris Smith, E, Arkansas, 6-3, 251, Jr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kevin Sumlim, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
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