A pair of Mississippi State redshirt freshman were selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team Thursday afternoon as offensive guard Gabe Jackson and free safety Nickoe Whitley were honored by the league.
Jackson, a Liberty native, started all 12 games this season at left guard on the offensive line for the Bulldogs. Jackson helped pave the way for the MSU rushing attack that ranked 16th nationally and second in the SEC, averaging 215.75 yards a game. The 305-pounder was the only MSU lineman to score touchdown in 2010 during State’s 17-14 home loss to Auburn after recovering a fumble in the end zone.
Whitley, a redshirt freshman from Jackson, Miss., started 10 games at free safety for MSU while seeing action in all 12. Whitley totaled 47 tackles, had 1.5 sacks and tied for the lead on the team with three interceptions this season. During the 2010 season, Whitley had interceptions against three top SEC quarterbacks (Auburn’s Cameron Newton, Kentucky’s Mike Hartline and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett).
Florida led the way with five selections, while Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee had four each. Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt each had three representatives on the team.
South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore was named SEC Freshman of the Year after being named first team All-SEC earlier this week.
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