Our dear friends at Team Speed Kills have once again herded the blog-cats of the SEC into compiling a series of awards and recognitions not tainted by mainstream media prejudices and people who otherwise just don't have time to watch football. We're proud to participate.
One thing about the Southeastern Conference is that - to a large extent - stories have a way of repeating themselves. The names change, the stadiums expand, and the list of defeated, deflated Big Ten fan bases grows longer, but the storylines remain basically the same. This year, the All-SEC Offensive Line is all about big men from traditionally strong high school dynasties, family, and menacing-sounding names.
The best hawg-maulies of the hawg-mauliest conference in the land are after the jump.
MIKE JOHNSON 6'6", 305 (UNANIMOUS) - UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
For the second year in a row, the most dominant offensive lineman in the conference plays for Nick Saban, this year, however, it is the man who played in place of the injured Andre Smith in the Sugar Bowl. While that New Orleans night was not the one the most Tide fans want to remember, Johnson has led a Bama line that has totally redeemed itself. The BCS National Championship Game will be Johnson's 37th straight start, and his unit - lowest in the SEC in sacks allowed, 14th in the nation in rushing yards per game, and the only unit ever to make room for Greg McElroy to be the SEC Championship Game MVP - can realistically be called the most important to Alabama's undefeated season.
MAURKICE POUNCEY 6'5", 312 - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The first-team All American junior center has been hiking the ball to Tim Tebow for the last two years and started 11 games at Right Tackle his freshman year. He won the Rimington Trophy. And I'm sure it's through some sports information director related mix-up that he, too, was not a unanimous selection to our meaningless hypothetical team. This will, no doubt, be the source of great controversy. He and brother Mike are undecided about their future at Florida, but I predict that their momma will soon have a garage that is more elaborate than any house you've ever seen.
CIRON BLACK 6'5", 322 - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Black has started 52 games at LSU, the last 25 at left tackle, successfully protecting LSU quarterbacks long enough for them to make the confusing poor choices that have plagued the men in golden britches over the last two years. While his quarterbacks have left something to be desired, Black has played like a crazy man (for the crazy man that coaches him, I suppose) - playing every offensive snap in 10 of the Tigers' 12 games.
MIKE POUNCEY 6'4", 313 - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Twin brother of Florida's starting center Maurkice, this Pouncey is listed as being a little smaller than his brother, but I defy you to tell him that to his face. CBS rates him as the second-best offensive guard available in the draft. In the final game of the regular season against rival Florida State, Mike turned in his performance of the year, grading out at 96 percent and earning Lineman of the Week honors from the SEC.
JOHN JERRY 6'6" 335 - UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
Before coming to Ole Miss, Jerry earned his B.A. in badass from the "University of South Panola" - unquestionably, the greatest high school football dynasty in the history of Mississippi, winning 6 of the last 7 state titles. A four-year starter with 46 starts under his belt, Jerry has been a consistent contributor to the resurrection of Ole Miss' program. Scout rates him the 7th best guard eligible in the draft. In addition to being named to every All-SEC team I've seen, Jerry was also selected a third-team All-American by The Sporting News for his efforts in leading an Ole Miss line that allowed just 14 sacks this season.