Rebel running back leads the SEC in rushing yards, touchdowns
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Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins was named the Southeastern Conference Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press on Monday. Judkins was also a unanimous first team All-SEC selection.
Judkins set the Ole Miss single-season record in both rushing yards (1,476) and rushing touchdowns (16). Besides rushing yards and TDs, Judkins also leads the SEC and ranks top 10 nationally in total touchdowns (17) and rushing yards per game (123.0).
The Pike Road, Alabama, native anchors an Ole Miss rushing attack that that leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 nationally in rushing yards per game (261.6 ypg). With a bowl game still yet to be played, Ole Miss has already broken its single-season school record in rushing yards (3,139), previously set in 1957.
Judkins is having one of the greatest seasons ever by an SEC freshman running back. He currently ranks third all-time amongst conference freshmen in rushing yards, behind only Herschel Walker (1,616 yds, Georgia, 1980) and Nick Chubb (1,547, Georgia, 2014). The five-time SEC Freshman of the Week leads all freshmen nationally in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, rushing TDs, all-purpose yards, scoring and total TDs.
Judkins is only the second Rebel to register mutli 200-yard rushing performances in the same season, joining Kayo Dottley, who tallied three such games in 1949. His 214 rushing yards vs. Arkansas were the 10th-most all-time by a Rebel.
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2022 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORS/TEAMS
Coach of the Year: Josh Heupel, Tennessee
Offensive Player of the Year: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
Defensive Player of the Year: Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama
Newcomer of the Year: Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ole Miss
FIRST TEAM – OFFENSE
QB: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
RB: Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss; Raheim Sanders, Arkansas
WR: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee; Dominic Lovett, Missouri
TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
T: Broderick Jones, Georgia; Darnell Wright, Tennesee
G: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florence; Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
C: Luke Fortner, Kentucky
AP: Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State
K: Jack Podlesny, Georgia
FIRST TEAM – DEFENSE
DE: BJ Ojulari, LSU
DE: Isaiah McGuire, Missouri
DT: Jalen Carter, Georgia; Byron Young, Alabama
LB: Will Anderson, Alabama; Drew Sanders, Arkansas; Harold Perkins Jr., LSU
CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State; Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
S: Christopher Smith, Georgia; Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M
P: Kai Kroeger, South Carolina
SECOND TEAM – OFFENSE
QB: Bryce Young, Alabama
RB: Devon Achane, Texas A&M; Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
WR: Antwane Wells Jr., South Carolina; Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt
T: Dalton Wagner, Arkansas; Javon Foster, Missouri
G: Beaux Limmer, Arkansas; Ethan White, Florida
C: Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
TE: Darnell Washington, Georgia
AP: Jahmry Gibbs, Alabama
PK: Will Reichard, Alabama
SECOND TEAM – DEFENSE
DE: Derick Hall, Auburn; Byron Young, Tennessee
DT: Mekhi Wingo, LSU; Deone Walker, Kentucky
LB: Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Georgia; Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State; Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri
CB: Kelee Ringo, Georgia; D.J. James, Auburn
S: Jordan Battle, Alabama; Brian Branch, Alabama
P: Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M