Tre’davious White and Ethan Pocic may have come up short regarding the Thorpe and Rimington Awards last night, but both were named to the Walter Camp All-America team on Thursday, along with senior linebacker Kendell Beckwith.
White earned first-team honors, opposite USC’s Adoree Jackson (who took home the Thorpe), while Pocic and Beckwith both made the second team.
Pocic and White also were among the eight Tigers also selected to the Associated Press’s All-SEC team as well, joining Derrius Guice, Arden Key, Jamal Adams, Leonard Fournette and Josh Boutte on the team. Guice, Key, Pocic, White and Adams made the first team, while Fournette and Boutte made the second team.
Guice and Boutte were also All-SEC selections by Pro Football Focus, along with Adams, White and linebacker Donnie Alexander, who picked up their special teams spot.
Adams was also a first-team All-American choice by USA Today. Still a crock of poop that he wasn’t a first-team all-conference choice by the coaches.
Additionally, linebacker Devin White, nose Ed Alexander and Josh Growden were selected by coaches to the league’s All-SEC Freshman Team. The freshman team are as follows:
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia
Jonah Williams, Alabama
Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Greg Little, Ole Miss
Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
Dimetrios Mason, Missouri
Van Jefferson, Ole Miss
Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Jonathan Johnson, Missouri
Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Marlon Davidson, Auburn
Ed Alexander, LSU
McTelvin Agim, Arkansas*
Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State*
Leo Lewis, Mississippi State
Devin White, LSU
De'Jon Harris, Arkansas
Javaris Davis, Auburn
Nigel Warrior, Tennessee
Ronnell Perkins, Missouri
Jaylon Jones, Ole Miss
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
Josh Growden, LSU
Jonathan Johnson, Missouri
In OC update news, Houston appears to be eyeing the weekend to name their next head coach. Board of Regents Chair Tillman Fertita gave the following interview regarding the move:
"We hope to have a decision by the weekend," Fertitta said. "I feel comfortable with that."
There has been speculation that UH's insistence on a hefty buyout has been a stumbling block in negotiations with a few candidates.
"It's not an issue," Fertitta said. "Because if it's an issue, they're not going to be the next head football coach. It isn't an issue, it hasn't become an issue and it won't become an issue."
Lane Kiffin’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, doesn’t tend to let his clients sign contracts with large buyout clauses. Does Kiffin want the job enough to deal with a large buyout? I guess we’ll find out. The other finalists appear to be Les Miles, current interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais wrote a column focused on former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and Alabama offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian as LSU’s next targets after Kiffin, however I’ve yet to confirm whether either is really next up. 104.5’s Matt Moscona is all-in on Helfrich as well. Dan Wolken of USA Today adds Pitt’s Matt Canada and former Texas OC Sterlin Gilbert to the list as well.
Things are still quiet, as far as actual information from the Football Ops building goes. I think most of these names are just guesses, albeit educated ones right now. But they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Clarity should come once we know what Houston will do.