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Written by Nick de la Torre, July 17, 2014, 4 Comments,
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HOOVER, Ala. — It’s not all fun and games for media members at SEC Media Days here in Hoover. There is also some responsibility that goes along with being here coming in the form of voting for the All-SEC teams as well as picking an eventual SEC Champion.

We — as media members — are historically bad at picking an SEC Champion. The media have only chosen the correct SEC champion four times since 1992. So, sorry Alabama, it doesn’t look good for you this season.

The Gators didn’t receive a single first place vote in the SEC East and were picked to finish third in the division behind South Carolina and Georgia. So, historically speaking, Florida has a better chance at winning the SEC than Alabama. Eat your heart out, Saban.

Florida did, however, earn votes and put players on the preseason All-SEC list. Vernon Hargreaves and Dante Fowler were both named to the first-team defense, as expected. Hargreaves received the third-most total first team votes behind Landon Collins and Trey DePriest. Fowler trailed only Robert Nkemdiche with his 212 votes.

Andre Debose was also recognized — despite sitting out last season with an injury — as the second-team return specialist and Chaz Green — who also missed 2013 with injury — was named to the third-team offensive line.

OFFENSE
First-Team

QB Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)
RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)
OL La’el Collins, LSU (231)
OL Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)
OL Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)

Second-Team

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)
TE C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)
OL A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)
OL Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)
OL Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)

Third-Team

QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)
RB Corey Grant, Auburn (52)
RB Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)
WR Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)
WR Marquez North, Tennessee (66)
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)
OL Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)
OL Chad Slade, Auburn (101)
OL John Theus, Georgia (96)
OL Chaz Green, Florida (94)
C Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)

DEFENSE
First-Team

DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)
DL Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)
DL Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)
LB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)
DB Landon Collins, Alabama (274)
DB Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)
DB Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)
DB Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183)

Second-Team

DL Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)
DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)
DL Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky (134)
DL Markus Golden, Missouri (125)
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)
LB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)
DB Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)
DB Tre’Davious White, LSU (141)
DB Damian Swann, Georgia (127)
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)

Third-Team

DL Ray Drew, Georgia (102)
DL Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)
DL Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)
LB Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)
LB Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)
DB Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)
DB Corey Thompson, LSU (86)
DB Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)
DB Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)

SPECIALISTS
First-Team

P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)
PK Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)
RS Christion Jones, Alabama (262)
AP Christion Jones, Alabama (130)

Second-Team

P Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)
PK Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)
RS Andre Debose, Florida (97)
AP Terrence Magee, LSU (111)

Third-Team

P Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)
PK Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)
RS Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)
AP Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89)

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. Gatordad46July 17, 2014, 4:18 pm

    It surprises me that the SEC does not recognize longsnappers as a specialist position that deserves recognition for preseason honors. Any idea why that is?

    • Nick de la Torre
      Nick de la TorreJuly 18, 2014, 12:38 pm

      I think it’s just a position that you don’t really notice until the long snapper messes up. It’s hard to quantify what makes one long snapper better than others because there aren’t stats that are readily available to the media that would allow us to make an informed decision.

  2. snowprintJuly 18, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I agree, no one knows or cares about the long snapper , except the coach. Something happened last recruiting cycle that I had never seen before, tough. FSU actually signed a guy to just be a long snapper in this year’s class. He was a legacy, so perhaps that had something to do with it. But I don’t recall ever seeing a guy that was strictly recruited to be a long snapper occupying a space in a signing class. Usually a long snapper is a walk-on player who may be given a scholarship later. Does anyone recall someone else who was signed to strictly become a long snapper?

    • Gatordad46July 21, 2014, 12:24 am

      Longsnapping has come of age in the past several years. Many D1 programs are now are offering full-ride scholarships to the most accomplished HS snappers. Ohio State has a junior LS who was offered a scholarship as an incoming freshman. They also offered a scholarship to a LS from the class of 2015. I agree with the statement that many do not know who the LS of the team is, but it’s not accurate to say that no one cares but the coach. The performance of the longsnapper, measured by consistency, accuracy, speed and spiral, matters a great deal to the punter and place kicker as well. If the snap is not good, that impacts the effectiveness of the other specialists, with potentially disasterous outcomes for FG’s, and PAT’s. Let’s not forget the punter, who relies upon a good snap to assure a good punt, an essential weapon in the battle for field position.

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HOOVER, Ala. — It’s not all fun and games for media members at SEC Media Days here in Hoover. There is also some responsibility that goes along with being here coming in the form of voting for the All-SEC teams as well as picking an eventual SEC Champion.

We — as media members — are historically bad at picking an SEC Champion. The media have only chosen the correct SEC champion four times since 1992. So, sorry Alabama, it doesn’t look good for you this season.

The Gators didn’t receive a single first place vote in the SEC East and were picked to finish third in the division behind South Carolina and Georgia. So, historically speaking, Florida has a better chance at winning the SEC than Alabama. Eat your heart out, Saban.

Florida did, however, earn votes and put players on the preseason All-SEC list. Vernon Hargreaves and Dante Fowler were both named to the first-team defense, as expected. Hargreaves received the third-most total first team votes behind Landon Collins and Trey DePriest. Fowler trailed only Robert Nkemdiche with his 212 votes.

Andre Debose was also recognized — despite sitting out last season with an injury — as the second-team return specialist and Chaz Green — who also missed 2013 with injury — was named to the third-team offensive line.

OFFENSE
First-Team

QB Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)
RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)
OL La’el Collins, LSU (231)
OL Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)
OL Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)

Second-Team

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)
TE C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)
OL A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)
OL Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)
OL Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)

Third-Team

QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)
RB Corey Grant, Auburn (52)
RB Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)
WR Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)
WR Marquez North, Tennessee (66)
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)
OL Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)
OL Chad Slade, Auburn (101)
OL John Theus, Georgia (96)
OL Chaz Green, Florida (94)
C Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)

DEFENSE
First-Team

DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)
DL Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)
DL Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)
LB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)
DB Landon Collins, Alabama (274)
DB Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)
DB Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)
DB Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183)

Second-Team

DL Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)
DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)
DL Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky (134)
DL Markus Golden, Missouri (125)
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)
LB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)
DB Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)
DB Tre’Davious White, LSU (141)
DB Damian Swann, Georgia (127)
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)

Third-Team

DL Ray Drew, Georgia (102)
DL Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)
DL Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)
LB Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)
LB Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)
DB Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)
DB Corey Thompson, LSU (86)
DB Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)
DB Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)

SPECIALISTS
First-Team

P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)
PK Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)
RS Christion Jones, Alabama (262)
AP Christion Jones, Alabama (130)

Second-Team

P Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)
PK Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)
RS Andre Debose, Florida (97)
AP Terrence Magee, LSU (111)

Third-Team

P Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)
PK Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)
RS Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)
AP Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89)

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