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Dec 6, 2012 11:01 PM by AP

LSU Lands Pair on All-SEC Freshman Team

LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and cornerback Jalen Collins were each named to the Freshman All-SEC Team as voted on by the league's coaches, the SEC office announced Thursday.


Alexander has played in all 12 games with eight starts at right tackle for the Tigers. He ranks second on the team in knockdown blocks with 47.5 in 609 snaps this season. Alexander recorded a season-high 11.5 knockdowns in 76 plays against Ole Miss, and he led the team with 7.5 knockdowns in the regular season finale at Arkansas.


Collins has seen action in 12 games with one start at Texas A&M. He is tied with Eric Reid for second on the team with six pass breakups, and he has recorded two interceptions along with 28 total tackles this season.


Collins picked off Johnny Manziel to set up LSU's first touchdown in the Tigers' 24-19 win at Texas A&M on Oct. 20, and he earned his second INT of the season in LSU's 41-35 victory against Ole Miss on Nov. 17.


No. 8 LSU (10-2) will wrap up the 2012 season by taking on No. 14 Clemson (10-2) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.


Tickets to the bowl are available for purchase at www.LSUtix.net.



(*-Ties) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)



TE - Jerell Adams, South Carolina

OL - John Theus, Georgia

OL - D.J. Humphries, Florida

OL - Brandon Shell, South Carolina

OL - Vadal Alexander, LSU

C - Ryan Kelly, Alabama

WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M

QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia

RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

AP - Trey Williams, Texas A&M



DL - Dante Fowler, Florida

DL - Jonathan Bullard, Florida

DL - Issac Gross, Ole Miss

DL - D.J. Pettway, Alabama

LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

LB - Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LB - *A.J. Turner, Arkansas

LB - *Otha Peters, Arkansas

LB - *Antonio Morrison, Florida

DB - Jalen Collins, LSU

DB - T.J. Gurley, South Carolina

DB - Rohan Gaines, Arkansas

DB - LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee



PK - Andrew Baggett, Missouri

P - Landon Foster, Kentucky

RS - Trey Williams, Texas A&M



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