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Reacting to the media's preseason All-SEC Team

 

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Two real shocking developments here: the media picked a Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game, and the media is giving the second-place team in the West (Auburn) a better shot at winning the SEC than the East champions. 

 

SEC WEST PREDICTION 

 

Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss. 

 

SEC EAST PREDICTION 

 

Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri 

 

VOTES AS SEC CHAMPS 

 

Alabama (217), Auburn (11), Georgia (6), LSU (3), Florida (3), South Carolina (1), Vanderbilt (1), Arkansas (1) 

 

MY THOUGHTS 

 

- I had Alabama over Florida. I'm scared by Georgia having to replace almost it's entire offensive line: I realize the Dogs return basically everything else (seriously, go find their returning starters list, it's insane), but I've just seen bad offensive line play unravel good teams too many times. (Sorry, Christian Hackenburg.) 

 

- The voting in the SEC East is exactly the way you'd predict it: Georgia and Florida bunched with each other, than a gap before Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky with each other, than a gap before Vanderbilt and another gap before Missouri. I'm personally much more down on Tennessee than the rest of my colleagues, but it's defensible to put the Vols over South Carolina and Kentucky. 

 

- Alabama, Auburn and LSU are bunched together at the top, as were Arkansas and Texas A&M. What I'm getting at here: a small amount of folks had faith in MSU to finish better than 6th in the West. I was among that small crowd, I'll admit, but I understand what they did: objectively sorting out Arkansas, A&M, LSU and MSU is pretty difficult, especially when you really take the schedules into account. 

 

 

 

SEC 1st Team 

 

QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama 

 

RB Derrius Guice, LSU 

 

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama 

 

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M 

 

TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia  

 

OL Braden Smith, Auburn  

 

OL Martez Ivey, Florida  

 

OL Jonah Williams, Alabama  

 

OL Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama  

 

C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas 

 

DL Da'Ron Payne, Alabama  

 

DL Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama  

 

DL Trenton Thompson, Georgia  

 

DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss  

 

LB Arden Key, LSU  

 

LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama  

 

LB Roquan Smith, Georgia  

 

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama  

 

DB Ronnie Harrison, Alabama  

 

DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M  

 

DB Duke Dawson, Florida 

 

P JK Scott, Alabama 

 

PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn 

 

RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M 

 

AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M 

 

 

 

SEC 2nd Team 

 

QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State  

 

RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama 

 

RB Kamryn Pettway, Auburn  

 

WR Antonio Callaway, Florida  

 

WR J'Mon Moore, Missouri  

 

TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina  

 

OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia 

 

OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee  

 

OL K.J. Malone, LSU  

 

OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State 

 

C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama  

 

DL Cece Jefferson, Florida  

 

DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn  

 

DL Christian LaCouture, LSU  

 

DL Denzil Ware, Kentucky  

 

LB Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama  

 

LB Skai Moore, South Carolina 

 

LB Tre' Williams, Auburn  

 

DB Tray Matthews, Auburn  

 

DB Donte Jackson, LSU  

 

DB Carlton Davis, Auburn  

 

DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia  

 

P Johnny Townsend, Florida  

 

PK Eddy Piniero, Florida  

 

RS Evan Berry, Tennessee  

 

AP Derrius Guice, LSU 

 

 

 

SEC 3rd Team 

 

QB Austin Allen, Arkansas  

 

RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt 

 

RB Sony Michel, Georgia  

 

WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina  

 

WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee  

 

TE DeAndre Goolsby, Florida  

 

OL Lester Cotton, Alabama  

 

OL Greg Little, Ole Miss  

 

OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss  

 

OL Koda Martin, Texas A&M  

 

C Will Clapp, LSU 

 

DL Marcell Frazier, Missouri  

 

DL Jabari Zuniga, Florida 

 

DL Dontavius Russell, Auburn  

 

DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU  

 

LB Jordan Jones, Kentucky  

 

LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia 

 

LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt  

 

DB Anthony Averett, Alabama 

 

DB Marcell Harris, Florida  

 

DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky  

 

DB Tony Brown, Alabama  

 

P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee  

 

PK Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss  

 

RS Antonio Callaway, Florida  

 

AP Kerryon Johnson, Auburn 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THE TEAM 

 

Quarterback: We were only allowed to vote for two quarterbacks, but really, as long as this ended in Hurts, Fitzgerald and Allen in some order, I wouldn't have too many disagreements with it. All three have their respective values they bring to their teams and, although the numbers will have their obvious differences, I'm guessing the impact they have on their teams will be equally significant. 

 

Running Back: First of all, 20 people left Derrius Guice of their ballots completely. Those 20 people need to have their credentials stripped immediately. That's ridiculous. Behind him, the debate between Nick Chubb and Bo Scarbrough is a tough one for me. I couldn't agree more with the top six, though: those are the six best in the conference at this point in time (Guice, Chubb, Scarbrough, Pettway, Webb, Michel). We can debate the order if we want, but those are the six. 

 

Wide Receiver: I really, really wish we had three spots at wide receiver so we could get Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk and J'Mon Moore all on the first team -- or if we could just leave Kirk as the all-purpose/return man and give that wideout spot to Moore. That guy's fantastic. 

 

Tight End: I actually feel pretty strongly about this one. I'd take Hayden Hurst over Isaac Nauta. I think Hurst is the better blocker. Surely the one that makes the 1st team at the end of the year is going to be the one that's used more in the offense as a pass catcher, but at the time, I think Hurst is better regardless. 

 

Offensive Line/Center: To get center out of the way, I think this combination of Ragnow-Bozeman-Clapp, in that order, is perfect. (I didn't consider MSU's Martinas Rankin there because, as I said all spring, he's not going to end up at center in the fall.) I also think the other four that made up the 1st team were the perfect group; that's exactly how I had it. It's good to see Rankin crack the 2nd team, he's absolutely earned that. I wonder if Ole Miss's Greg Little is better than 3rd team, but I can't say that I feel strongly about that. 

 

Defensive Line: The first thing I hate: Marcell Frazier on the 3rd team. I think that top 9 is solid, and as long as almost everyone is behind Alabama's Da'Ron Payne, there are a lot of defensible combinations, I just don't like this one for that reason. I also hate how close Kentucky's Denzil Ware was to missing the 2nd team; people remember that he was among the conference's leaders of defensive linemen in tackles for a loss last year, right? 

 

Linebacker/Defensive Back: It was literally one vote that kept Roquan Smith on the 1st team and Shaun Dion Hamilton on the 2nd team. That's about right, as I battled pretty hard before ultimately settling on it the other way around between Smith and Dion Hamilton. I had a similar thought in the defensive back category, where the top four of Fitzpatrick/Harrison/Watts/Dawson was clear and I found most debates beyond that uninspiring. 

 

Kickers, Punters, Returners and All-Purpose: It may be unfortunate from the standpoint of getting different names on the team, but at the same time, can anyone really disagree with Christian Kirk as both the return man and the all-purpose guy? Sorting out the three kickers actually proved more difficult than you might think, but the rest of it was pretty easy.

 

 

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