December 8, 2009 10:11:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- The postseason recognition continues for Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon.
One week after taking home the Cellular South Conerly Trophy as Mississippi''s top college player, Dixon earned first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.
Dixon is the first Bulldog running back to be named first-team All-SEC since James Johnson in 1998.
"That''s great for Anthony because he''s done a lot for the program in his time here," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "It''s great for him to be rewarded and recognized for what he''s done."
Mullen said the contributions of Dixon and other seniors have established a solid foundation for the Bulldogs.
Several attempts to reach Dixon on his cell phone for comment were unsuccessful Monday night. Earlier in the day, he completed final exams and prepared for offseason workouts that will help him get ready for a possible professional career.
Dixon is MSU''s all-time career leader in all-purpose yards, scoring, rushing yards, rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns, and 100-yard games.
This year, Dixon set school records for single-game (252 yards) and single-season (1,391 yards) rushing.
He is eighth in SEC history with 910 rushing attempts and eighth all-time in the league with his career 3,994 yards rushing.
Junior defensive lineman Pernell McPhee was named second-team All-SEC. McPhee had 56 total tackles and led MSU with 12 tackles for a loss and five sacks. His tackles for loss ranked sixth in the SEC this season.
The University of Alabama won three major awards and had 10 players named to the team, while the University of Mississippi placed four players on the AP All-SEC team.
Coach Nick Saban was named the 2009 SEC Coach of the Year, while sophomore running back Mark Ingram and junior linebacker Rolando McClain earned the AP''s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Saban has guided the Crimson Tide to a No. 1 BCS ranking and berth in the BCS National Championship Game after compiling a 13-0 record this season and securing the school''s 22nd SEC Championship.
Ingram wrapped up SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors after shattering the Alabama single-season rushing record with 1,542 yards this season and 15 touchdowns.
McClain was named the 2009 SEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading one of the nation''s top defensive units with 101 tackles, including 12 1/2 tackles for loss and four sacks. He also added 14 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, two interceptions (21 return yards) and forced one fumble.
The Crimson Tide had seven players on the first team, more than any other league school. Florida was next with six first-team picks, while Georgia and Mississippi had three each.
Alabama and Florida led the way 10 selections (first and second team), followed by Georgia (seven), Mississippi (six), and Tennessee (five).
Joining Ingram and McClain as first-team selections were senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson, senior kicker Leigh Tiffin, senior nose guard Terrence Cody, senior cornerback Javier Arenas, and sophomore safety Mark Barron. Ingram, McClain and Cody were unanimous selections.
Alabama''s second team selections were junior offensive lineman James Carpenter, senior tight end Colin Peek, and Arenas, who earned second-team honors for his special teams play this season.
Ole Miss senior Dexter McCluster made the first team as an all-purpose player and the second team as a running back.
Senior wide receiver Shay Hodge and senior offensive lineman John Jerry joined McCluster on the first team, while junior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe earned a spot on the second team.
The coaches All-SEC Team is expected to be released today.
Staff and Associated Press reports were included in this report.
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