Alabama overwhelming favorite by media to win SEC

The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference champion.

In the preseason poll released Thursday, the Crimson Tide received 182 first-place votes out of a possible 243. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division and was the second leading vote-getter with 38. South Carolina received 18.

Alabama received 1,681 points to lead the Western Division, followed by Texas A&M (1,333), LSU (1,324), Mississippi (883), Auburn (579), Mississippi State (516) and Arkansas (488). Following Georgia (1,570) in the East are South Carolina (1,474), Florida (1,300), Vanderbilt (858), Tennessee (694), Missouri (577) and Kentucky (331).

The leading vote-getters on the All-SEC preseason team are Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, who earned 231 out of 243 votes, followed by South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at 223. The poll is voted on by media covering the SEC.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who last season became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, earned just 119 out of 243 votes in a deep league for quarterbacks. Alabama’s AJ McCarron received 67 votes, and Georgia’s Aaron Murray got 52.

Alabama led the SEC with seven first-team selections, including four on offense and three on defense.

A list of the All-SEC preseason teams, poll

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A list of the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams selected by media covering the league:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB – T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia

WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

TE – Arthur Lynch, Georgia

OL – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OL – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL – Anthony Steen, Alabama

OL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

C – Travis Swanson, Arkansas

Defense

DL – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL – Dominique Easley, Florida

DL – Anthony Johnson, LSU

DL – Chris Smith, Arkansas

LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB -A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LB – Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi

DB – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DB – Craig Loston, LSU

DB – Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

DB – Deion Belue, Alabama

Specialists

P -Kyle Christy, Florida

PK – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt

RS – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB – Tre Mason, Auburn

RB- (*)LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

RB – (*)Keith Marshall, Georgia

WR – Donte Moncrief, Mississippi

WR – Mike Evans, Texas A&M

TE – Rory Anderson, South Carolina

OL -Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

OL -Jon Halapio, Florida

OL- Chris Burnette, Georgia

OL- Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

C – Reese Dismukes, Auburn

Defense

DL – Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

DL -Ed Stinson, Alabama

DL – Dee Ford, Auburn

DL – Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

LB – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

LB – Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

LB – Lamin Barrow, LSU

DB – Damian Swann, Georgia

DB – Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

DB – Marcus Roberson, Florida

DB – Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

Specialists

P – Cody Mandell, Alabama

PK – Cody Parkey, Auburn

RS – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

AP – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU

THIRD TEAM

Offense

QB – Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB – (*)Matt Jones, Florida

RB – (*)Jeff Scott, Mississippi

RB- (*)Alfred Blue, LSU

WR- Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WR- Jarvis Landry, LSU

TE-Brian Vogler, Alabama

OL- La’el Collins, LSU

OL-Josh Williford, LSU

OL-Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

OL – (*)A.J. Cann, South Carolina

OL – (*)Zach Fulton, Tennessee

C – (*)James Stone, Tennessee

C – (*)Jonotthan Harrison, Florida

Defense

DL -Garrison Smith, Georgia

DL- Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

DL – Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

DL – C.J. Johnson, Mississippi

LB – Ronald Powell, Florida

LB – Tahj Jones, LSU

LB – (*)Trey DePriest, Alabama

LB -(*)Avery Williamson, Kentucky

DB – E.J. Gaines, Missouri

DB – Charles Sawyer, Mississippi

DB – Jalen Mills, LSU

DB – Chris Davis, Auburn

Specialists

P -Steven Clark, Auburn

PK -Zach Hocker, Arkansas

RS – Andre Debose, Florida

AP -Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

(*) Denotes ties

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

SEC Champion

Alabama 182

Georgia 38

South Carolina 18

Texas A&M 4

LSU 1

Eastern Division

Georgia (149) 1,570

South Carolina (75) 1,474

Florida (19) 1,300

Vanderbilt 858

Tennessee 694

Missouri 577

Kentucky 331

Western Division

Alabama (225) 1,681

Texas A&M (11) 1,333

LSU (7) 1,324

Ole Miss 883

Auburn 579

Mississippi State 516

Arkansas 488

() Denotes first-place votes