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ATLANTA -- South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst was named to the Associated Press All-SEC First Team, while linebacker Skai Moore and defensive lineman Dante Sawyer were second-team selections announced Monday.

Hurst led all SEC tight ends with 41 receptions and 518 receiving yards during the 2017 regular season. Moore leads the Gamecocks and ranks 11th in the conference with 88 total tackles, including 59 solo stops. Sawyer enters the postseason tied for the FBS national lead with five forced fumbles, a number that is just one off the Carolina single-season record.

Georgia and Auburn split the top awards.

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was picked as the offensive player of the year, while Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was selected as the top defensive player.

Georgia's Kirby Smart got the nod as SEC coach of the year after leading his team to the College Football Playoff in just his second season between the hedges.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a transfer from Baylor, and Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm shared the award for newcomer of the year.

Alabama, which also claimed a spot in the four-team national playoff despite failing to win the SEC West, led the way with eight players voted to the first team: receiver Calvin Ridley, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, tackle Ross Pierschbacher, center Bradley Bozeman, defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne, linebacker Rashaan Evans and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison.

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