Three Vanderbilt freshmen were named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman team, the league announced Thursday.
Offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, safety Kenny Ladler and defensive end Walker May were all honored.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Montgomery Bell Academy, started all 12 games at left tackle.
Ladler, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., finished fifth on the team with 57 tackles, including 41 solo. The true freshman had 5.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.
May suffered a season-ending leg injury in his first career start on Nov. 6 against Florida. May, a redshirt freshman from Birmingham, had 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Earlier in the week, Casey Hayward and Brandon Barden were named to the Associated Press’ All-SEC second team.
Hayward, a defensive back, intercepted six passes, which was the most in the NCAA and second in the conference. The junior from Perry, Ga., had 70 tackles, including 59 solo — both were career-highs. Hayward was also selected to the SEC coaches’ all-conference second team.
Barden, a junior tight end, caught 34 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns. Barden, who is from Lincolnton, Ga., was the only Commodore to have a catch in every game this fall. He is the team’s active career leader in receptions (91), yards (1,001) and touchdown catches (eight).
Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Marve was also picked by the coaches for the All-SEC’s second team. Marve, a Memphis native, battled through a knee injury and had 80 tackles, including 59 solo stops. He recorded a career-high eight tackles for loss, with 2.5 quarterback sacks. It was the first time in his career that he did not have 100 tackles in a season.