Five Auburn players were selected to the Associated
Press All-Southeastern Conference Teams that were announced Monday,
including senior defensive end Antonio Coleman, who was named to the
first team. Senior running back Ben Tate, junior center Ryan Pugh and
senior cornerback Walter McFadden were all named to the second team,
while junior tackle Lee Ziemba earned honorable mention recognition.
Coleman, who started all 12 games, leads the SEC with 9.0 sacks and
15.5 tackles for loss this season. He collected 45 total tackles, an
interception which he returned for a touchdown against Mississippi
State, a blocked kick, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Coleman ranks third in Auburn history with 23.5 career sacks, and was
twice named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this season, following
his performances against Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Tate, who was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, ranks
fourth in the SEC and 23rd nationally in rushing, averaging 104.5 yards
rushing per game. He had six 100-yard rushing games this season, and his
1,254 yards on the ground ranks eighth on the school's single-season
rushing list. His average of 124.8 all-purpose yards per game ranks 51st
Pugh has started all 12 games at center for the Tigers, and has
anchored a line that has helped Auburn rank among the national leaders
in rushing offense (13th – 213.8 ypg), scoring offense (20th – 32.9
ppg) and total offense (21st – 432.3 ypg). The Tigers have also
allowed just 18 quarterback sacks this season, which is 40th
McFadden leads the team with four interceptions, which is tied for
fifth most in the SEC, and his 12 passes defended (four interceptions,
eight pass break-ups) is tied for sixth best in the league. His four
picks are tied for the most by an Auburn player in a single season since
Junior Rosegreen had six in 2004. McFadden returned an interception 29
yards for a score Oct. 31 against Ole Miss, marking his second career
interception return for a touchdown.
Ziemba has started every game of his college career at tackle, with his
streak currently at 37 consecutive games. He has been an instrumental
part of an offensive line that is within 282 yards of breaking the
school's single-season record for total offense, as the Tigers enter
their final game with 5,188 yards of offense.