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Friday, July 25, 2008

Preseason Predictions

Well, Dawgs fans probably won't like this -- Georgia has only five first- or second-team preseason alll-SEC players and was picked to finish second by the gathered media masses here.

Here are the media preseason SEC picks:

HOOVER, Ala. (July 25, 2008) -- The Florida Gators havebeen voted by the attending media at 2008 Southeastern ConferenceFootball Media Days to capture the SEC football championship. Theresults were announced on the third and final day of the media days atthe Wynfrey Hotel. The Gators were selected as Eastern Divisionchampions while Auburn was selected to represent the Western Division.


Of the 70 members of the media who voted, Florida was named SECChampion on 36 ballots, Georgia on 18, Auburn 13 and LSU, Tennessee andOle Miss one each. In the Eastern Division, Florida had 45 first-placevotes, Georgia (23) and Tennessee (2). The Gators, Bulldogs andVolunteers were selected 1-2-3 in the Eastern Division followed bySouth Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.


In the Western Division, Auburn was named first place on 48ballots, while LSU received 21 first place votes and Ole Miss 1. Thepredicted order of finish in the Western Division was Auburn, LSU,Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.


In the pre-season All-SEC Team voting, Auburn had ninerepresentatives on the first and second teams while LSU had eight. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina each had five playersselected. Florida had the most first-team selections with fivefollowed by LSU and Tennessee with four each.


There were no unanimous selections to the All-SEC Team. Florida linebacker wide receiver Percy Harvin was the leadingvote-getter with 68 votes while Gator linebacker Brandon Spikes had 65votes. Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith, Ole Miss offensivelineman Michael Oher, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow were named on 64ballots.


The results of the balloting are listed below:

2008 SEC MEDIA DAYS PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(#-Ties) (70 total voters / Total Votes in parenthesis)


FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
Pos. Name School
TE Cornelius Ingram (56) Florida
OL Andre Smith (64) Alabama
OL Michael Oher (64) Ole Miss
OL Anthony Parker (56) Tennessee
OL Herman Johnson (45) LSU
C Jonathan Luigs (58) Arkansas
WR Percy Harvin (68) Florida
WR Kenny McKinley (46) South Carolina
QB Tim Tebow (64) Florida
RB Knowshon Moreno (68) Georgia
RB Arian Foster (50) Tennessee

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
Pos. Name School
TE Richard Dickson (9) LSU
OL Ciron Black (12) LSU
OL Tyronne Green (9) Auburn
OL Lee Ziemba (8) Auburn
OL Garry Williams (8) Kentucky
C Antoine Caldwell (10) Alabama
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (11) Georgia
WR Demetrius Byrd (9) LSU
QB Matthew Stafford (6) Georgia
RB Anthony Dixon (16) Mississippi State
RB Ben Tate (2) Auburn


FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
Pos. Name School
DL Greg Hardy (53) Ole Miss
DL Tyson Jackson (52) LSU
DL Sen'Derrick Marks (45) Auburn
LB Brandon Spikes (65) Florida
LB Rico McCoy (46) Tennessee
LB Jasper Brinkley (41) South Carolina
LB #Darry Beckwith (40) LSU
LB #Dannell Ellerbe (40) Georgia
DB Derek Pegues (60) Mississippi State
DB Eric Berry (56) Tennessee
DB D.J. Moore (46) Vanderbilt
DB Rashad Johnson (43) Alabama

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
Pos. Name School
DL Ricky Jean-Francois (18) LSU
DL Antonio Coleman (10) Auburn
DL Jeremy Jarmon (9) Kentucky
LB Tray Blackmon (17) Auburn
LB Rolando McClain (15) Alabama
LB Eric Norwood (14) South Carolina
LB Jamar Chaney (8) Mississippi State
DB Captain Munnerlyn (20) South Carolina
DB Trevard Lindley (15) Kentucky
DB Asher Allen (13) Georgia
DB Jerraud Powers (12) Auburn


FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School
PK Colt David (41) LSU
P Ryan Shoemaker (40) Auburn
RS Brandon James (35) Florida


SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School
PK Wes Byrum (16) Auburn
P Ryan Succop (20) South Carolina
RS Javier Arenas (20) Alabama


SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
SEC Champion - Florida (36), Georgia (18), Auburn (13), LSU (1), Tennessee (1), Ole Miss (1).


EASTERN DIVISION
1. Florida (45) 98
2. Georgia (23) 121
3. Tennessee (2) 222
4. South Carolina 266
5. Kentucky 356
6. Vanderbilt 407


WESTERN DIVISION
1. Auburn (48) 99
2. LSU (21) 120
3. Alabama 228
4. Mississippi State 299
5. Ole Miss (1) 338
6. Arkansas 386

1 comment:

ET said...

By my count it looks like Knowshon's up there with 68 votes too, but my eyes could be deceiving me. And I had no idea Harvin was a linebacker as well. Am I missing something?