Missouri had three players each on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team and the coaches’ SEC All-Freshman team, which were announced Thursday.
Senior cornerback Aarion Penton, junior defensive end Charles Harris and junior wide receiver J’Mon Moore were second-team All-SEC selections by the AP. Johnathon Johnson, receiver Dimetrios Mason and defensive back Ronnell Perkins made the All-Freshman team.
Johnson was honored as an all-purpose player and return specialist, giving the Tigers an SEC-best four selections. Johnson ranked sixth in the country with a 14.0-yard average on punt returns, which led the SEC.
Mason led SEC freshmen with 587 yards receiving, the most by a Mizzou true freshman and second for any Tigers freshman behind current Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin’s 1,055 yards in 2007.
Perkins made four starts on defense, finishing with 43 tackles.
Penton was a first-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches, who also picked Harris to the second team. Penton finished with 43 tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss, and five interceptions, the most by a Tigers defender since 2007 and tied for the most in the SEC. He also finished with 12 breakups, giving him an SEC-best 17 passes defended overall.
Harris — a Lincoln Prep graduate from Kansas City who declared for the NFL Draft last week — finished with a career-high nine sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. His 18 career sacks are tied for seventh in program history.
Moore led the SEC with 1,012 receiving yards, adding career-highs with 62 catches and eight touchdowns.
Auburn junior right guard Braden Smith, an Olathe South graduate, was a first-team AP All-SEC pick. He was selected to the second team by the conference’s coaches.
2016 SEC All-Freshman team
Selected by the league’s 14 coaches, who could not vote for their own players (*denotes tie in voting):
Quarterback — Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Running backs — Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky; Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Linemen — Jonah Williams, Alabama; Jawaan Taylor, Florida; Greg Little, Mississippi; Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
Center — Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
Receivers — Dimetrios Mason, Missouri; Van Jefferson, Mississippi
Tight end — Isaac Nauta, Georgia
All-purpose player — Jonathan Johnson, Missouri
Return specialist — Jonathan Johnson, Missouri
Kicker — Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
Linemen — Jabari Zuniga, Florida; Marlon Davidson, Auburn; Ed Alexander, LSU; McTelvin Agim, Arkansas*; Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State*
Linebackers — Leo Lewis, Mississippi State; Devin White, LSU; De’Jon Harris, Arkansas
Backs — Javaris Davis, Auburn; Nigel Warrior, Tennessee; Ronnell Perkins, Missouri; Jaylon Jones, Mississippi
Punter — Josh Growden, LSU
2016 AP All-SEC football team
The 2016 AP All-SEC team, with players listed by name, school, height, weight, class and hometown (u-denotes unanimous selections):
Coach of the year — Nick Saban, Alabama
Offensive player of the year — Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Defensive player of the year — Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Newcomer of the year — Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Quarterback — Jalen Hurts, Alabama, 6-2, 209, Fr., Channelview, Texas.
Running backs — Derrius Guice, LSU, 5-11, 222, So., Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kamryn Pettway, Auburn, 6-0, 240, So., Montgomery, Alabama; Rawleigh Williams III, Arkansas, 5-10, 225, So., Dallas, Texas.
Tackles — u-Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana; Dan Skipper, Arkansas, 6-10, 322, Sr., Arvada, Colorado.
Guards — Braden Smith, Auburn, 6-6, 300, Jr., Olathe, Kansas; Alex Kozan, Auburn, 6-4, 310, Sr., Castle Rock, Colorado.
Centers — Ethan Pocic, LSU, 6-7, 309, Lemont, Illinois; Jon Toth, Kentucky, 6-5, 310, Sr., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Receivers — Fred Ross, Mississippi State, 6-2, 207, Sr., Tyler, Texas; Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, 5-11, 200, So., Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tight end — u-Evan Engram, Mississippi, 6-3, 227, Sr., Powder Springs, Georgia.
All-purpose player — Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, 5-11, 200, So., Scottsdale, Arizona.
Kicker — Daniel Carlson, Auburn, 6-4, 218, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Ends — u-Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 291, Sr., Leesburg, Virginia; u-Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 257, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee.
Tackle — Montravius Adams, Auburn, 6-4, 309, Sr., Vienna, Georgia
Linebackers — Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 238, Jr., Pinson, Alabama; Reuben Foster, Alabama, 6-1, 228, Sr., Auburn, Alabama; Ryan Anderson, Alabama, 6-2, 253, Sr., Daphne, Alabama; Arden Key, LSU, 6-6, 231, So., Atlanta, Georgia.
Cornerbacks — Teez Tabor, Florida, 6-0, 201, Jr., Washington, D.C.; Tre’Davious White, LSU, 5-11, 191, Sr., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Safeties — Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, 6-1, 203, So., Old Bridge, New Jersey; Jamal Adams, LSU, 6-1, 211, Jr., Lewisville, Texas.
Punter — JK Scott, Alabama, 6-6, 202, Jr., Denver, Colorado.
Quarterbacks — Josh Dobbs, Tennessee, 6-3, 207, Sr., Alpharetta, Georgia; Chad Kelly, Mississippi, 6-2, 215, Sr., Buffalo, New York.
Running backs — Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 205, Jr., Gainesville, Florida; Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, Jr. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tackles — Robert Leff, Auburn, 6-6, 299, Sr.; Fairhope, Alabama; Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 296, Fr., Folsom, California.
Guards — Josh Boutte, LSU, 6-5, 342, Sr., New Iberia, Louisiana; Martez Ivey, Florida, 6-5, 305, So., Apopka, Florida; Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 304, So., Cedar Falls, Iowa
Center — Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, 6-5, 312, Jr., Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Receivers — ArDarius Stewart, Alabama, 6-1, 204, Jr., Fultondale, Alabama; J’Mon Moore, Missouri, 6-3, 190, Jr., Missouri City, Texas; Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, 6-4, 190, Sr., San Antonio, Texas.
Tight end — O.J. Howard, Alabama, 6-6, 251, Sr., Prattville, Alabama.
All-purpose player — Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia, 5-8, 170, Jr., Miami, Florida.
Kicker — Gary Wunderlich, Mississippi, 6-0, 193, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee.
Ends — Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 6-5, 262, Jr., Arlington, Texas; Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3, 255, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri; Carl Lawson, Auburn, 6-2, 253, Jr., Alpharetta, Georgia.
Tackles — Caleb Brantley, Florida, 6-2, 297, Jr., Crescent City, Florida; Darius English, South Carolina,6-6, 245, Sr., Powder Springs, Georgia.
Linebackers — Tim Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 252, Sr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jordan Jones, Kentucky, 6-2, 220, So., Youngstown, Ohio; Kendall Beckwith, LSU, 6-2, 252, Sr., Clinton, Louisiana.
Cornerbacks — Aarion Penton, Missouri, 5-10, 190, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri; Quincy Wilson, Florida, 6-1, 213, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Safeties — Marcus Maye, Florida, 6-0, 210, Sr., Melbourne, Florida; Justin Evans, Texas A&M, 6-1, 195, Sr., Wiggins, Mississippi; Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 6-0, 200, So., Cincinnati, Ohio.
Punter — Johnny Townsend, Florida, 6-1, 210, Jr., Orlando, Florida.
AP All-SEC Voting Panel
Parrish Alford, Daily Journal; Michael Bonner, The Clarion-Ledger; Patrick Brown, Chattanooga Times Free Press; John Clay, Lexington Herald Leader; Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV; Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV; Josh Kendall, The State; Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser; Gary Smits, The Florida Times-Union; Dana Sulonen, Opelika-Auburn News; Joe Walljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune; Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald; Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle.