Coaches All-SEC football selections include four from Vanderbilt on second team

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12:06am
Staff reports

The postseason honors continue for the Vanderbilt football team.

A day after earning All-Southeastern Conference recognition from the Associated Press, running back Zac Stacy, linebacker Chris Marve, cornerback Casey Hayward and defensive end Tim Fugger were again honored — this time by the league’s coaches.

Stacy, a junior, and the senior trio of Marve, Fugger and Hayward all earned second-team honors after helping Vanderbilt to a 6-6 regular season and a spot in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

“I'm pleased that the Southeastern Conference coaches recognized what a productive season these four players put together," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. "They were playmakers on the field, and gave great leadership to our squad through the season. It's a tremendous honor to be named all-conference in the SEC.

"In addition to these four players, we also have several other guys that merited All-SEC consideration. I'm very proud to be the coach of all of them.”

Stacy led the league with 6.2 yards per carry and he ranked third in rushing, setting a school record with 1,136 rushing yards. He also had 13 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Vanderbilt running back.

Marve leads the team with 84 tackles and has seven tackles for loss and an interception. He ranks ninth all-time in school history with 390 tackles. Hayward picked off five passes, the third-most in the SEC, and is second in the league with 14 passes defended. Fugger led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Tennessee placed two players on the second team — wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and defensive end Malik Jackson.

Coaches could not vote for their own players.

The conference will announce individual awards on Wednesday, with the all-freshman team to follow on Thursday.