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.
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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.