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Richardson, Mathieu take top honors on AP All-SEC

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 5 2011 12:21 p.m. MST

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) returns a punt for a touchdown against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Atlanta.

John Bazemore, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Alabama running back Trent Richardson is a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been named the top defensive player on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.

The team released Monday also tabbed LSU's Les Miles as coach of the year after he guided the top-ranked Tigers (13-0) to a spot in the national championship game against their SEC West rival, No. 2 Alabama.

Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was named freshman of the year despite injuries and disciplinary issues.

As expected, LSU and Alabama (11-1) dominated the selections, with both powerhouses placing five players on the first team. SEC East champion Georgia had four first-teamers.

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