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