Daniel Carlson lifted by teammates following Auburn's 18-13 win over LSU (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Dakota Sumpter)
More Tigers were recognized for their seasons on Thursday, by being named to the Associated Press All-SEC team. Seven Tigers were named: four offensive players, two defensive players, and a member of the special teams were all included in the list.
On Offense, Auburn finished the regular season 5th in the SEC in yards per game, with 449.25. The Auburn offensive line had a huge part in the finish. Linemen Braden Smith and Alex Kozan were named to the first team, while Robert Leff earned a spot on the second team. They paved the way for a solid rushing attack, as the Tigers are currently first in the SEC in rushing yards per game with 278.5, which is 33 yards greater than the second place team in that category. The leading rusher, Kamryn Pettway, also earned a spot on the All-SEC first team. Though only playing in 9 games, Pettway rushed for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns on 185 carries.
Two of Auburn’s weapons on the defensive line were also noted. Montravius Adams tallied 39 tackles this season, and also recorded three turnovers, one going for a “scoop-and-score” against Mississippi State. His season earned him first team honors, while Carl Lawson picked up a second team spot after an injury-free season saw him record 12.5 tackles for loss, 9 of those being quarterback sacks.
Finally, Daniel Carlson was awarded a position on the first team by going a perfect 43-43 on extra point attempts, 26-30 on field goal attempts with a long of 53, and having 54-68 kickoffs resulting in a touchback. Carlson earned 1st team honors, however, he fell short of winning the award for the best collegiate kicker, the Lou Groza award, to Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez. Carlson hopes to pick up the Groza Award next season, as he tweeted “3rd time is the charm?” after the decision was announced.
In other news, two newcomers earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshmen team. Defensive end Marlon Davidson and cornerback Javaris Davis were named to the team for their contributions in season one under Kevin Steele’s reign as defensive coordinator. Joining Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson, Davidson ended his freshman campaign with 35 tackles, 6 of those going for a loss. He also had a fumble recovery. Javaris Davis had similar numbers in the defensive backfield. Davis is currently 10th on the Auburn defense in tackles with 32, six of those were for a loss. He also tied with Daniel Thomas and Stephen Roberts in interception totals with two.