The LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks led all teams with 12 players selected to the 2007 Southeastern Conference Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team, the conference office announced today.
There were first, second and third-teams selected for this year's coaches pre-season squad.
Auburn had eight players selected to the three squads followed by Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee with six each. Georgia and Vanderbilt had five each while Mississippi State had four and Ole Miss had three selections.
Each SEC institution had at least one player selected to the first-team with LSU leading the way with five. Tennessee and Vanderbilt had three each while Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss had two players selected to the first-team.
Arkansas junior running back Darren McFadden was the only unanimous choice for first-team pre-season All-SEC by the league's coaches. Since coaches cannot vote for their own players, the Little Rock, Ark. native was listed on 11 of 12 ballots.
Of the 78 student-athletes named to the first, second and third teams, seven are sophomores, 23 are juniors and 48 are seniors.
McFadden, Ole Miss offensive lineman Michael Oher, Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs, Vanderbilt wide receiver Earl Bennett, Florida defensive lineman Derrick Harvey, Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo and Mississippi State defensive back Derek Pegues were the only underclassmen (all juniors) to make first-team honors.
LSU offensive lineman Will Arnold, Bennett, McFadden, Auburn defensive lineman Quentin Groves and Georgia placekicker Brandon Coutu were repeat first-team selections from the 2006 Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team.
Arkansas' Felix Jones earned second-team All-SEC honors as a running back and return specialist.
This is the fourth year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team. It is released in advance of the 2007 SEC Football Media Days, which will be held July 25-27 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on the All-SEC Team and a predicted order of finish for the league.
Here's More About The Tennessee Players Selected:
The 2007 Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team was released by the league Thursday, with six Tennessee players earning inclusion. Senior defensive back Jonathan Hefney and juniors Jerod Mayo (linebacker) and Britton Colquitt (punter) were first-team selections.
Senior quarterback Erik Ainge and sophomore tailback LaMarcus Coker were both on the second-team offense. Tennessee's preseason All-SEC contingent was rounded out by third-team offensive lineman Anthony Parker.
Last season, UT had five players named to the preseason team. Hefney has been a preseason selection the past two seasons and in 2006 he was a preseason second-team choice. In 2006, only 10 of the 25 players named to the preseason first-team also made the postseason first-team.
Tennessee's six selections were tied for third-most in the conference. The Vols three first-team selections tied for second-most. LSU led all teams with 12 honorees and six first-team picks. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden was the only unanimous selection. Coaches could not vote for their own players so unanimous selections would appear on the other 11 ballots.
This is the fourth year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Football Team. It is released in advance of the 2007 SEC Football Media Days, which takes place July 25-27 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on their own All-SEC team and a predicted order of finish for the league.
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