Vol trio on SEC list
Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 6:10 pm
By: By UT Sports Information
A trio of Tennessee’s football players have gained honors on the Associated Press’ All-Southeastern Conference teams.
Volunteer junior defensive tackle Malik Jackson and sophomore defensive back Prentiss Waggner were named to the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team on Monday.
Meanwhile. junior tailback Tauren Poole earned honorable mention accolades for his performance during the 2010 campaign.
Jackson led the Vols with 11 tackles for loss and five sacks, elevating his play after switching from defensive end to UT’s starting defensive tackle at Georgia.
Since the switch, Jackson totaled 34 tackles, 10 for a loss, five sacks, three quarterback hurries, three passes defended and an interception. The Van Nuys, Calif., native’s 11 tackles for a loss ranks tied for 10th in the SEC, while his five sacks are knotted up for the 11th-most in the conference.
Waggner earned second team honors after grabbing five interceptions — three of which were returned for touchdowns to lead the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in that category and break a Tennessee single-season record.
His three fumble recoveries leads the SEC and is tied for third in the FBS, while his eight total takeaways are the most by a Volunteer since Deon Grant had nine — all interceptions — in 1999.
Waggner is tied for the team lead with nine passes deflected and fifth on the squad with 54 tackles.
Poole ran for 994 yards in his first full season as Tennessee’s featured tailback, including six 100-yard games.
He is just the second UT running back in the last decade to notch six 100-yard rushing games in the same season.
The Toccoa, Ga., native is slotted fifth in the conference with 82.8 rushing yards per contest and led UT with 12 total touchdowns.
Auburn’s Cam Newton was the league’s Player of the Year.His teammate Nick Fairly was chosen as the league’s top defender for the season.
Meanwhile, Tiger coach Gene Chizik was honored as the top mentor in the SEC.