Tuesday, December 08, 2009

More Honors for Gamecocks Football Players

The SEC's 12 coaches laid out their choices for "ALL-SEC" today and a couple fo gamecocks made the list.

Gamecocks LB Eric Norwood made the first team and DE Cliff Matthews made the second team.

Norwood is the first player in school history to earn three straight first-team all-league honors.  Norwood is tied for third in the SEC with 7.0 sacks this season. He is tied for eighth in the league with 11.5 total tackles for loss. He also leads the team with two interceptions, has recovered a fumble, forced a fumble, leads the team with 11 quarterback hurries and has blocked three kicks. He is the school's all-time leader in career sacks (29.0) and tackles for loss (54.5) and was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the nation's top linebacker.

Matthews, a 6-4, 249-pound junior from Cheraw, S.C., registered 44 tackles including 32 solo stops. Matthews was second on the team with 10.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead and ranked third in the SEC with 7.0 sacks. He also ranked second in the SEC with three fumbles forced and tied for second in the league with three fumble recoveries.

Also USC DB Stephon Gilmore and USC WR Alshon Jeffery were named 1st team Freshman All-American by College Football News.
USC Defensive End Devin Taylor made the Third Team defense on the same list, while USC OL T.J. Johnson was named to the Honorable Mention list.


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