BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have voted Auburn's Gus Malzahn coach of the year, and picked his star tailback Tre Mason as the top offensive player.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam are co-defensive players of the year. The SEC released the winners on Wednesday.
Alabama receiver/return man Christion Jones is special teams player of the year. Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell is freshman of the year.
Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews receives the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Malzahn and Mason have led No. 2 Auburn into the national championship game Jan. 6 against No. 1 Florida State. Mason is a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Auburn's Malzahn wins Home Depot Coach of the Year
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been named Home Depot Coach of the Year, and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins was selected the John Mackey Award winner for the nation's outstanding tight end.
The announcements were made Wednesday. Both awards will be presented Thursday as part of the College Football Awards Show at Disney's Boardwalk.
In his first season as Auburn coach, Malzahn led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and berth in the BCS national championship game against Florida State on Jan. 6. A win in the title game would make Auburn's improvement from 3-9 in 2012 the best in FBS history.
Malzahn is only the second first-year coach to lead his team to the national championship game.
Seferian-Jenkins becomes the first Mackey Award winner from Washington and third from the Pac-12.