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Around the SEC (Dec. 5, 2016): Reuben Foster wins the Butkus Award

Welcome to Around the SEC. Your source for all things across your favorite conference on the SB Nation network.

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Alabama vs Florida Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to our first edition of Around the SEC in the post-regular season portion of the 2016. Feels weird, doesn’t it? Like the season just started...

Bowl season is upon us. Yesterday, ICYMI, 12 teams from your favorite conference’s favorite conference were tabbed to go bowling later this winter. That of course includes the king of the conference who will play in the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive year.

Let’s go around the conference now, shall we?

“I can explain, I can explain!” - Bielema, probably (SB Nation)

So Bret Bielema and Arkansas caught themselves in a little bit of a pickle Sunday when it was revealed that Virginia Tech wasn’t on his Coaches Poll ballot.

Weeeeeeelp. Turns out that the Hogs are facing the Hokies in the Belk Bowl. AWKWARRRRRRD. They provided an explanation afterwards. It was... something. That’s for sure.

A Florida win means Bloomin’ Onions for all (SB Nation)

Truly a revered tradition. The Outback Bowl is coming up and Florida and Iowa will collide down in the Sunshine State. The Gators and Hawkeyes will have lots riding on them: Pride, honor, and either Bloomin’ Onions or Coconut Shrimp. Get ready, y’all.

Rueben Foster, Butkus Award winner (Roll ‘Bama Roll)

Future NFL terrorizer Reuben Foster became the latest recipient of the Butkus Award on Sunday night. Foster had a monster performance in the SEC Championship Game, capping off an incredible season down in Tuscaloosa. Congrats, Reuben!

Other Tidbits!

- Well, that ain’t great, Florida.

- Kentucky got a commit!

- I mean what more COULD you ask for?

- Part 1 of a talk with TJ Moe

- A Rebel target scored SEVEN touchdowns. By himself!