HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss and Mississippi State had a combined 12 players picked on the pre-season Media Days All-SEC Team Thursday morning.
The talent on both teams also garnered higher predicted finishes for both the Rebels, who were selected fourth in the SEC West, and Bulldogs, who were picked to place fifth.
Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was the only player from either school to make the first team on offense. Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche were both named to the second team.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was named to the second team, ahead of the Rebels’ signal caller, Bo Wallace, who was picked for the third team. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell joined Prescott on the second team.
MSU defensive tackle Chris Jones and linebacker Benardrick McKinney each made the second team on defense. Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and safety Tony Conner were both named to the second team. Ole Miss linebacker Serderius Bryant was chosen to the third team on defense.
Alabama was picked to win the SEC West and overall titles this year, something coach Nick Saban took great note of as he left the podium at media days.
“I know if we lost this many games, you would be on me. I know you all pick a winner in the conference every year. I’m not saying who you picked this year. But last year you’d actually been wrong like 17 out of 21 times,” Saban said. “Now you’re wrong 18 out of 22. But you’ve also not picked the right team the last five years in a row. Every year that we’ve been fortunate enough to win the championship, you picked somebody else to win it. So just to let you know, we’re evaluating you.”
The last line drew laughter from the entire print media room.
South Carolina was picked to win the Eastern Division
Georgia coach Mark Richt is entering his 14th season as head coach, a fact that he said revolves around two things.
“Obviously you have to win enough games to stick around. But the other thing is you have to choose to stay. When I was at Florida State, I had many opportunities to go. Even at Georgia, I’ve had opportunities to leave. But I chose to stay,” said Richt, who spent 15 years at Florida State. “I chose to stay at Georgia before I even came to Athens. When I accepted the job, my goal was that this would be the last stop for me because there’s no greater program than the University of Georgia in my mind, for me.”