COLUMBIA -- A half-dozen South Carolina players were named Tuesday to the coaches' All-SEC teams, including three -- cornerback Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Marcus Lattimore -- to the first team.
Guard Garrett Chisolm and defensive ends Cliff Matthews and Devin Taylor were second-team selections.
Jeffery, Lattimore and Taylor were first-team selections Monday by the media. Lattimore, the talented freshman, was also named CBS Sports' national freshman of the year. He earned that honor, unanimously, over Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Wisconsin running back James White.
Gilmore and Matthews, both part of the coaches' preseason All-SEC team, were intriguing selections considering neither have had consistently remarkable seasons.
Matthews, a senior captain, was slowed most of the season by a restrictive shoulder brace. He had started to come on toward the end of the year. Even cornerbacks coach Lorenzo Ward has said Gilmore had an "up-and-down season," with several more down moments coming in this past Saturday's SEC title game loss to Auburn.
The inclusion of Chisolm, meanwhile, is nothing short of remarkable. The West Ashley product transferred closer to home from Pikeville College in Kentucky, walking on at USC.
Despite joining the team in August 2009, starting out on the scout team, Chisolm had worked his way into a starting job by the end of the season.
This season, he's been the most consistent lineman for the Gamecocks.
"He's the most physical, probably, on the offensive line," Lattimore said last week. "He's a very focused guy. He comes off the ball with force. Every time I see the hole on his side, I know he did it. He's been a big part of my success."
Lattimore, who has 1,198 rushing yards, became the Gamecocks' first 1,000-yard rusher in 10 years. Jeffery, who has 1,387 receiving yards, is setting the school's single- season yardage record with each catch.
Jeffery is up for the Biletnikoff Award, to be given out Thursday in Orlando, Fla., to the country's top receiver.
The Gamecocks play next Dec. 31 against Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.