Four Vanderbilt players earn second-team all-conference nods

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:14pm

Four Vanderbilt football players earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as determined by the league’s coaches, the SEC announced Tuesday.

Warren Norman (return specialist), Brett Upson (punter), Myron Lewis (cornerback) and Chris Marve (linebacker) all earned recognition in the wake of the Commodores’ 2-10 season. Only two VU players made the coaches’ all-conference team in 2008, when the Commodores were 6-6 and on their way to a bowl game.

Norman was the only freshman among the 57 players named to the first and second teams. He set numerous conference and school return records and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press on Monday.

Marve became the third different VU linebacker in the last three years to make the coaches’ second team. Patrick Benoist in 2008 and Jonathan Goff in 2007 were similarly recognized.

The sophomore out of Memphis was the SEC’s second-leading tackler with 121.

Upson averaged a career-high 43.1 yards per punt. Of his 81 kicks, 22 went for more than 50 yards and 23 were downed inside the 20 (with only 10 touchbacks).

Lewis was fourth in the SEC in interceptions (four) and passes defensed (12). His 10 career interceptions were tied for second among all active SEC players this past season and tied for ninth all-time at Vanderbilt.

“I'm really pleased for all of them,” coach Bobby Johnson said in a release. “Warren (Norman) just put together a fantastic season as a freshman, and Myron (Lewis) had a fine year and tremendous career. I'm also glad that Chris (Marve) was recognized for the great year he put together at linebacker. And finally, I'm thankful that the coaches appreciated how effective Brett (Upson) was this season as our punter.”

The SEC will announce its individual award winners on Wednesday and its all-freshman team on Thursday.