ATLANTA– Darren McFadden and former Razorback Shawn Andrews were announced as finalist for the Best of 75 Years of SEC Football Super Team by AT&T Wednesday. McFadden is joined in the running back category by Georgia’s Herschel Walker and Florida’s Emmitt Smith. On the offensive line, Alabama’s John Hannah and Georgia’s Edgar Chandler join Andrews. The Best of SEC team will be announced on Nov. 29, right before the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
McFadden, a 2005 and 2006 all-SEC selection, moved to fifth place on the conference career rushing list after an SEC-record tying 321-yard performance against South Carolina. He is tied with Vanderbilt’s Frank Mordica who rushed for 321 yards against Air Force in 1978. McFadden has 4,074 career rushing yards.
The junior tailback became the second player in conference history, joining Walker, to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark as a freshman, sophomore and junior. McFadden, the 2006 Doak Walker Award winner, holds a career rushing average of 119.8 yards per game as a Razorback, including a 130.0 yard average in SEC games.
Andrews, a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as a junior, was named the SEC’s 2003 Offensive Player of the Year by College Football News. He also won the Jacobs Award in 2003 as the conference’s top blocker for the second straight season after helping UA lead the SEC and rank fifth in the nation in rushing with 241.9 yards per game.
In 2002, Andrews became the first sophomore in UA history to earn first-team All-America honors. He was a three-time All-SEC and two-time All-America selection during his Razorback career.
Fans have voted on the nominees throughout the season. The voting categories were: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, defensive back, all-time coach and best tradition. The three finalists in each category beat out nominees from the other nine SEC schools to move into the finals, for which voting is open now.
Fans can vote on the Best of 75 Years of SEC Football Super Team as well as access SEC Mobile on their AT&T handsets by texting SEC to 234567.
Every text message vote cast is an entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game. Voting will be open until midnight on Nov. 11. Voting for the best defensive players as well as coach and tradition of all time will be open Nov. 12.
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