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Reacting to the media's preseason All-SEC Team




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. 




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




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




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




- 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 






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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