Evans, Manziel, Matthews named to All-SEC first team
Four Texas A&M players, including three Aggies receiving first-team honors, were named to the All-Southeastern Conference football team by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Earning mention on the prestigious All-SEC squad were senior Jake Matthews and sophomores Drew Kaser, Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel. Manziel and Matthews were named to the team for a second straight season. All four Aggies are finalists for major college football awards and have been invited to the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday.
Earning first-team honors were Evans at wide receiver, Manziel at quarterback and Matthews at offensive line, while Kaser took second-team kudos at punter. All fo
Evans, from Galveston, Texas, led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. He also matched the school single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn.
Manziel, from Kerrville, Texas, led the SEC in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, total offense and points responsibility. Manziel completed 270-of-391 passes for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns, while also leading the team with 686 rushing yards. He averaged 368.2 yards of total offense per game and is one of just seven FBS players to surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in 2013. He had a pair of 500-yard total offense games with 562 vs. Alabama and 502 vs. Auburn. He is the only player in college football to rank in the top 10 statistically in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, QB rating, yards per attempt, total offense, yards per play and points responsibility.
Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies’ offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Aggies go into the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl with 6,458 total yards, including 4,211 passing yards, and have scored 523 points.
Kaser, from Strongsville, Ohio, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 nationally with a 47.4 punt average. Behind Kaser’s strong leg, the Aggies rank No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC with a 40.4 net punt average. Kaser put 14 of his 36 total punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and forced 10 fair catches. Kaser boomed 17 punts of 50 yards or more, including a 76-yarder that ranked as the sixth-longest in school history.
The 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team released Monday, with player's position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection; t-tied at a position):
WR _ Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Sr.
WR _ Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So.
L _ Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 340, Sr.
L _ Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr.
L _ Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr.
L _ t-Justin Britt, Missouri, 6-6, 315, Sr.
L _ t-Greg Robinson, Auburn, 6-5, 320, So.
L _ t-Anthony Steen, Alabama, 6-3, 309, Sr.
C _ Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr.
TE _ Arthur Lynch, Georgia, 6-5, 254, Sr.
QB _ Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 210, So.
RB _ u-Tre Mason, Auburn, 5-10, 205, Jr.
RB _ Jeremy Hill, LSU, 6-2, 235, So.
K _ Marshall Morgan, Georgia, 6-3, 200, So.
All-Purpose _ Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 6-0, 193, Jr.
E _ u-Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr.
E _ Dee Ford, Auburn, 6-2, 240, Sr.
T _ Kelcy Quarles, South Carolin, 6-4, 298, Jr.
E _ t-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 274, Jr.
E _ t-Kony Ealy, Missouri, 6-5, 275, Jr.
LB _ u-C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Sr.
LB _ Ramik Wilson, Georgia, 6-2, 232, Jr.
LB _ A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, 6-2, 243, Jr.
CB _ E.J. Gaines, Missouri, 5-11, 195, Sr.
CB _ Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, 5-11, 192, Fr.