A day after being honored by the Associated Press as a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer, Kentucky senior linebacker Avery Williamson earned the same honor Tuesday by league’s coaches as the conference office announced its 2013 Coaches’ All-SEC Teams.
With the honor, Williamson became the first UK linebacker to earn All-SEC honors by league coaches since current Denver Broncos starting linebacker Danny Trevathan was selected to the second team in 2011. The native of Milan, Tenn., was honored as a second-team All-SEC linebacker by the AP on Monday, marking the first All-SEC honor of his career. Kentucky has had at least one All-SEC second-team selection by league coaches every year through 1997.
Williamson was named All-SEC second team by CollegeSportsMadness.com last season and was selected to the All-SEC third team in 2012 by Phil Steele’s College Football. The publication also named him a second-team Midseason All-SEC pick this season.
Williamson finished the season as UK’s leading tackler for the second consecutive year, posting 102 total tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC in that category. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. The native of Milan, Tenn., finished his career with 296 total tackles. Williamson, who played in 49 career games with 24 starts, had double-digit tackles in four games in 2013 and ended his career with 12 double-digit tackle games.
The star linebacker began the season as a third-team Preseason All-SEC honoree by league coaches and media, while CollegeSportsMadness.com and Phil Steele’s College Football named him a second-team Preseason All-SEC member. Williamson was also named to the Butkus Award Watch List for the nation’s best linebacker, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, which honors players who have made the biggest impact on their teams both on the field and off.
Williamson, who was captain in all 12 games for UK last season, was named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award and a member of the SEC Community Service Team.