Alabama, South Carolina picked as SEC favorites

By The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama’s the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title.

The Crimson Tide was the pick of media covering SEC media days to beat South Carolina in the league championship game.

Alabama received 111 votes to win the West followed by LSU (30), Arkansas (23), Mississippi State (1) and Auburn. Mississippi was picked to finish last but got two first-place votes.

In the East, South Carolina got 114 votes to repeat as SEC East champions. The Gamecocks were followed by Georgia (38), Florida (12), Tennessee (2), Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt.

Alabama was the pick to win the overall SEC title on 98 ballots, compared to 29 for LSU, 18 for Arkansas and 14 for South Carolina. Georgia got four votes and Florida and Ole Miss both got two.

Preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams

The Associated Press

A list of preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams as chosen by reporters covering SEC media days, with total votes received in parentheses:

FIRST-TEAM

Offense

TE_Orson Charles, Georgia (71)

OL_Barrett Jones, Alabama (148)

OL_Bradley Sowell, Mississippi (72)

OL_Cordy Glenn, Georgia (71)

OL_Larry Warford, Kentucky (55)

OL_Brandon Mosley, Auburn (55)

C_William Vlachos, Alabama (97)

WR_Greg Childs, Arkansas (103)

WR_Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (152)

QB_Aaron Murray, Georgia (117)

RB_Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (130)

RB_Trent Richardson, Alabama (119)

Defense

DL_Jake Bequette, Arkansas (100)

DL_Josh Chapman, Alabama (85)

DL_Kentrell Lockett, Mississippi (69)

DL_Malik Jackson, Tennessee (63)

LB_Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (144)

LB_Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (82)

LB_Danny Trevathan, Kentucky (69)

DB_Mark Barron, Alabama (140)

DB_Robert Lester, Alabama (79)

DB_Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (64)

DB_Morris Claiborne, LSU (63)

Specialists

PK_Blair Walsh, Georgia (110)

P_Drew Butler, Georgia (118)

RS_Brandon Boykin, Georgia (53)

AP_Trent Richardson, Alabama (71)

SECOND-TEAM

Offense

TE_Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn (57)

OL_D.J. Fluker, Alabama (52)

OL_Alex Hurst, LSU (33)

OL_Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (30)

OL_Chance Warmack, Alabama (24)

C_Ben Jones, Georgia (45)

WR_Marquis Maze, Alabama (22)

WR_Joe Adams, Arkansas (17)

QB_Stephen Garcia, South Carolina (23)

RB_Knile Davis, Arkansas (50)

RB_Mike Dyer, Auburn (23)

Defense

DL_Devin Taylor, South Carolina (56)

DL_Nosa Eguae, Auburn (37)

DL_DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia (30)

DL_Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (26)

DL_Travian Robertson, South Carolina (26)

LB_Chris Marve, Vanderbilt (61)

LB_Jerry Franklin, Arkansas (35)

LB_Ryan Baker, LSU (22)

DB_Dre’ Kirkpatrick, Alabama (50)

DB_Brandon Boykin, Georgia (43)

DB_Janzen Jackson, Tennessee (34)

DB_Neiko Thorpe, Auburn (31)

Specialists

PK_Caleb Sturgis, Florida (24)

P_Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss (21)

RS_Onterrio McCalebb, Auburn (29)

AP_Joe Adams, Arkansas (42)

THIRD-TEAM

Offense

TE_Michael Williams, Alabama (12)

TE_Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt (12)

OL_Grant Cook, Arkansas (21)

OL_Kyle Nunn, South Carolina (21)

OL_Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina (18)

OL_Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (14)

OL_Addison Lawrence, Mississippi St. (14)

OL_Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (14)

C_Travis Swanson, Arkansas (9)

WR_Jarius Wright, Arkansas (8)

WR_Emory Blake, Auburn (7)

QB_Jordan Jefferson, LSU (12)

RB_Brandon Bolden, Mississippi (5)

RB_Tauren Poole, Tennessee (3)

Defense

DL_Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (21)

DL_Barkevious Mingo, LSU (21)

DL_Sam Montgomery, LSU (20)

DL_Tenarius Wright, Arkansas (15)

DL_Dominique Easley, Florida (15)

LB_Shaq Wilson, South Carolina (18)

LB_C.J. Mosley, Alabama (17)

LB_Jon Bostic, Florida (12)

LB_Jerico Nelson, Arkansas (12)

DB_Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt (18)

DB_T’Sharvan Bell, Auburn (18)

DB_Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (17)

DB_Tramain Thomas, Arkansas (16)

Specialists

PK_Zach Hocker, Arkansas (10)

PK_Bryson Rose, Ole Miss (10)

P_Ryan Tydlacka, Kentucky (13)

RS_Marquis Maze, Alabama (28)

AP_Trey Burton, Florida (22)