Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Florida Gators' Will Muschamp named SEC co-coach of the year

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp was named the SEC co-coach of the year by the league's coaches, sharing the honor with Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin on Wednesday.

In his second season, Muschamp went 11-1 after going 7-6 in 2011. The Aggies went 10-2 (6-2 SEC) in their first season in the league, including winning at then-No. 1 Alabama.

Gators senior Caleb Sturgis was named co-special teams player of the year with South Carolina's Ace Sanders. Sturgis leads the SEC with 23 field goals and made 23 of 27 overall. Sanders averaged a league-high 14.5 yards on punt returns with one touchdown.

A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named offensive player of the year. The first freshman to earn the award since Georgia's Herschel Walker in 1980, he passed for 3,419 yards and rushed for 1,181 for an SEC-record 4,600 total yards.

South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney, who recorded a school-record 13 sacks, was named defensive player of the year.

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