Alabama Football’s Saban, Hurts, Allen and Robinson Collect SEC Individual Awards
December 7, 2016


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama football's Nick Saban, Jalen Hurts, Jonathan Allen and Cam Robinson took home five of seven individual conference awards announced by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday.

Saban was voted the SEC Coach of the Year, Hurts was named Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, Allen was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Robinson was honored with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, emblematic of the SEC's top offensive lineman. The honors were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Saban, who was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson and American Football Coaches Association coach of the year awards on Monday, is in his 10th season at Alabama. This season, he has led the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record, its 26th SEC championship and a No. 1 seed in the 2016 College Football Playoff. This is the ninth consecutive season the Tide has won 10 games under Saban and the sixth straight with 11 wins. Alabama will enter the 2016 postseason on a 25-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the nation.

Hurts is Alabama's first Freshman of the Year selection and is the first true freshman to be named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year since the league split its Player of the Year honor into separate offensive and defensive awards in 2003. The last true freshman to win SEC Player of the Year honors was Herschel Walker in 1980. Hurts has started 12 games for the Tide this season and is the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama since 1984. He is already the school's single-season quarterback rushing leader and is on the verge of breaking the season records for touchdown responsibility and total offense.

Allen, who was honored with the Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year on Monday and is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, has been a force for a defense that leads the nation in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and defensive touchdowns. Allen leads the Tide in quarterback hurries (15) and shares the team lead in sacks (8.5) to go along with 13.0 tackles for loss. He has also returned a team-leading two fumble recoveries for 105 combined yards and two touchdowns. His 26.5 career sacks places him second on the Tide's all-time list behind former Crimson Tide standout and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.

Robinson, who is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, leads an Alabama offensive line that has provided protection for a balanced attack that leads the SEC in scoring at 40.5 points per game and is second in total offense (471.3 yards per game), rushing offense (245.0 yards per game) and yards per rushing attempt (5.7). He earned first-team All-SEC honors on Monday and is the second Alabama player to win the Jacobs in as many years. Center Ryan Kelly won the award in 2015.

The SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced Thursday.

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