Vanderbilt juniors Brandon Barden and Casey Hayward were selected to the All-Southeastern Conference team on Monday by the Associated Press. The pair of Commodores were placed on the second team units.
Barden, a tight end out of Lincolnton, Georgia, caught 34 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Commodoers in receiving during the team's disappointing 2010 season. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target registering more than three catches in seven games during the season. Six of passes for over 20 yards.
Arkansas' D.J. Williams was a unanimous pick for the first team tight end.
A SEC All-Freshman pick in 2008, Barden has caught 91 passes for 981 yards and eight touchdowns during the last three years for the Commodores.
Hayward, a native of Elko, Georgia, was one of the league's most productive defensive backs throughout the season. The junior corner finished second in the league with six interceptions and atop the league with 11 pass breakups. He is one of only 10 players nationally to pick off at least six passes this season. He is currently second in the nation for most passes defended with 17 overall.
Hayward posted a rare Vanderbilt streak of picking off a pass in four straight games against LSU, Ole Miss, Connecticut and Eastern Michigan. Hayward also racked up 58 solo tackles for the Commodore defense, including two for a loss.
He was joined on the second team by South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, LSU's Morris Claiborne and Tennessee's Preston Waggner. LSU's Patrick Peterson and Florida's Janoris Jenkins were selected to the first team. Only Peterson received a unanimous amount of votes.
A two-year starter, Hayward has registered 138 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 21 pass breakups and two forced fumbles during his three years in Nashville.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was recognized as the SEC Player of the Year while defensive tackle teammate Nick Fairley was tabbed league's Defensive Player of the Year. Second-year Tiger head coach Gene Chizik was also named the SEC Coach of the Year. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was named the league's Freshman of the Year.
All-SEC First Team Offense WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 6-4, 233, So. WR - Julio Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 220, Jr. L - u-Lee Ziemba, Auburn, 6-8, 319, Sr. L - Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St., 6-6, 305, Sr. L - Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 301, So. L - DeMarcus Love, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr. C - Ryan Pugh, Auburn, 6-4, 297, Sr. TE - u-D.J. Williams, Arkansas, 6-2, 251, Sr. QB - u-Cam Newton, Auburn, 6-6, 250, Jr. RB - u-Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Fr. RB - Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0, 220, So. K - u-Josh Jasper, LSU, 5-11, 171, Sr.
All-Purpose - Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 186, Jr.
All-SEC First Team Defense T - u-Nick Fairley, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr. T - u-Drake Nevis, LSU, 6-2, 285, Sr. E - Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-7, 249, So. E/OLB - Justin Houston, Georgia, 6-3, 258, Jr. LB - Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, 6-3, 240, Sr. LB - Chris White, Mississippi St., 6-4, 245, Sr. LB - Danny Trevathan, Kentucky, 6-1, 223, Jr. CB - u-Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr. CB - Janoris Jenkins, Florida, 5-11, 184, Jr. S - Ahmad Black, Florida, 5-9, 190, Sr. S - Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Jr. P - Chas Henry, Florida, 6-3, 215, Sr.
All-SEC Second Team Offense WR - Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 186, Jr. WR - A.J. Green, Georgia, 6-4, 212, Jr. L - Byron Isom, Auburn, 6-3, 302, Sr. L - Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 329, So. L - Joseph Barksdale, LSU, 6-6, 318, Sr. L - Clint Boling, Georgia, 6-5, 315, Sr. L - James Carpenter, Alabama, 6-5, 300, Sr. L - Bradley Sowell, Mississippi, 6-7, 315, Jr. C - Mike Pouncey, Florida, 6-4, 310, Sr. TE - Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 245, Jr. QB - Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 6-6, 238, Jr. RB - Stevan Ridley, LSU, 6-0, 226, Jr. RB - Mark Ingram, Alabama, 5-10, 215, Jr. K - Blair Walsh, Georgia, 5-10, 183, Jr.
All-Purpose - Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.
All-SEC Second Team Defense T - Marcell Dareus, Alabama, 6-4, 306, Jr. T - Malik Jackson, Tennessee, 6-5, 265, Jr. E - Jake Bequette, Arkansas, 6-5, 271, Jr. E - Antoine Carter, Auburn, 6-4, 256, Sr. LB - Josh Bynes, Auburn, 6-2, 235, Sr. LB - Akeem Dent, Georgia, 6-2, 233, Sr. LB - Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, 6-4, 260, So. CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU, 6-0, 177, So. CB - Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, 6-1, 189, So. CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 188, Jr. CB - Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee, 6-1, 181, So. S - Robert Lester, Alabama, 6-2, 206, So. S - Tramain Thomas, Arkansas, 6-0, 198, Jr. P - Tyler Campbell, Mississippi, 6-2, 210, So.