AUBURN, Ala. — The most inexperienced member of Auburn's offensive line entering the season earned the praise of SEC coaches on Thursday.
Alex Kozan, the team's starting left guard, was selected to the SEC's All-Freshman team by the league's coaches on Thursday. The Castle Rock, Colo., native was the only Auburn player picked by the coaches; notably, fellow first-year Tigers Carl Lawson and Avery Young were left off.
Kozan redshirted last year, establishing himself as a starter during the first week of fall camp. It's a spot he has yet to relinquish, as Kozan has started all 13 games at left guard this season, part of an offensive line that has paved the way for the top rushing attack in the country at 335.7 yards per game.
The entire SEC All-Freshman team is listed below.
2013 SEC All-Freshman Football Team (* - ties)
TE - Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL - Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt
Alex Kozan, Auburn
Denver Kirkland, Arkansas
C - Jon Toth, Kentucky
WR - Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Marquez North, Tennessee
QB – Maty Mauk, Missouri
RB – Alex Collins, Arkansas
Kelvin Taylor, Florida
AP - Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
DL - Chris Jones, Mississippi State A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss Darius Philon, Arkansas
LB - Darian Claiborne, Texas A&M Leonard Floyd, Georgia Skai Moore, South Carolina
DB - Vernon Hargreaves, Florida Tony Conner, Ole Miss Tre'Davious White, LSU Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
PK - Elliott Fry, South Carolina
P - Johnny Townsend, Florida
RS – Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina