All-SEC Preseason Coaches Poll

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Defending SEC and national champion Florida Gators had a league-high 16 representatives on the 2008 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches' Football Team, while LSU had 10 total selections and defending Western Division Champion Alabama and Georgia had nine each, the league office announced on Thursday.

Florida led the way with eight players selected on the first team while Alabama had six and LSU had three.

Nine of the 12 SEC schools had a member on the first-team All-SEC squad.  Each SEC school had at least two student-athletes on either the first-, second- or third-team.

Ole Miss and Tennessee had seven total members on the squads, while Kentucky had six, Vanderbilt five, South Carolina and Arkansas four each, Auburn three and Mississippi State two.

There were only three unanimous selections to this year's All-SEC pre-season squad - LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.

There are 10 first-team pre-season selections that were on last year's first-team coaches All-SEC post-season team.  Those include:  QB Tim Tebow (Florida), RB Charles Scott (LSU), RS Brandon James (Florida), DL Terrence Cody (Alabama), LB Rolando McClain (Alabama), LB Brandon Spikes (Florida), LB Rennie Curran (Georgia), LB Eric Norwood (South Carolina), DB Eric Berry (Tennessee) and DB Trevard Lindley (Kentucky).

The All-SEC first-team squad had 15 seniors and 10 underclassmen, including eight juniors and two sophomores.   The second-team had 18 seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores.  The third-team had 16 seniors, eight juniors and five sophomores.

This marks the sixth straight year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team.  The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days.  This year, the event will be held next week, Wednesday through Friday, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

The 2009 SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team is listed below.




First-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           

TE           Richard Dickson, LSU                        6-3          246         Sr.           Ocean Springs, Miss.

*OL        Ciron Black, LSU                                6-5          325         Sr.           Tyler, Texas

OL          Mike Johnson, Alabama                    6-6          305         Sr.           Pensacola, Fla.

OL          Mike Pouncey, Florida                       6-5          312         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.

OL          John Jerry, Ole Miss                            6-5          350         Sr.           Batesville, Miss.

C             Maurkice Pouncey, Florida               6-5          312         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.

*WR       Julio Jones, Alabama                          6-4          210         So.          Foley, Ala.

WR         A.J. Green, Georgia                              6-4          207         So.          Summerville, S.C.

QB          Tim Tebow, Florida                             6-3          240         Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.

RB          Michael Smith, Arkansas                   5-7          176         Sr.           Tallahassee, Fla.

RB          Charles Scott, LSU                              5-11        233         Sr.           Saline, La.

Second-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown

TE           D.J. Williams, Arkansas                      6-2          251         Jr.            Little Rock, Ark.

OL          Lee Ziemba, Auburn                           6-8          285         Jr.            Rogers, Ark.

OL          Clint Boling, Georgia                           6-5          297         Jr.            Alpharetta, Ga.

#OL        Chris Scott, Tennessee                        6-5          346         Sr.           Riverdale, Ga.

#OL        Carl Johnson, Florida                          6-6          330         Jr.            Durham, N.C.

#OL        Cordy Glenn, Georgia                         6-5          331         So.          Riverdale, Ga.

C             Josh McNeil, Tennessee                     6-4          280         Sr.           Collins, Miss.

WR         Brandon LaFell, LSU                          6-3          209         Sr.           Houston, Texas

WR         Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss               5-8          165         Sr.           Largo, Fla.

QB          Jevan Snead, Ole Miss                        6-3          215         Jr.            Stephenville, Texas

RB          Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State    6-1          235         Sr.           Jackson, Miss.

RB          Jeff Demps, Florida                             5-8          176         So.          Winter Garden, Fla.

Third-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown

TE           Aaron Hernandez, Florida                 6-3          255         Jr.            Bristol, Conn.

OL          Jacques McClendon, Tennessee       6-3          324         Sr.           Cleveland, Tenn.

OL          Zipp Duncan, Kentucky                    6-5          291         Sr.           Magnolia, Ky.

OL          Mitch Petrus, Arkansas                      6-4          315         Sr.           Carlisle, Ark.

OL          Trinton Sturdivant, Georgia               6-5          306         So.          Wadesboro, N.C.

C             Jorge Gonzalez, Kentucky                 6-3          300         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.

WR         Shay Hodge, Ole Miss                        6-1          207         Sr.           Morton, Miss.

#WR       Terrance Tolliver, LSU                       6-5          194         Jr.            Hempstead, Texas

#WR       Gerald Jones, Tennessee                    6-0          199         Jr.            Oklahoma City, Okla.

#QB        Stephen Garcia, South Carolina       6-2          219         So.          Lutz, Fla.

#QB        Mike Hartline, Kentucky                   6-6          206         Jr.            Canton, Ohio

RB          Mark Ingram, Alabama                     5-10        215         So.          Flint, Mich.

RB          Ben Tate, Auburn                                                5-11        216         Sr.           Newark, Md.


First-Team  Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           

DL          Terrence Cody, Alabama                  6-5          365         Sr.           Fort Myers, Fla.

DL          Greg Hardy, Ole Miss                          6-4          265         Sr.           Millington, Tenn.

DL          Carlos Dunlap, Florida                       6-6          290         Jr.            North Charleston, S.C.

LB          Rolando McClain, Alabama             6-4          249         Jr.            Decatur, Ala.

LB          Brandon Spikes, Florida                     6-3          245         Sr.           Shelby, N.C.

LB          Rennie Curran, Georgia                      5-11        222         Jr.            Snellville, Ga.

LB          Eric Norwood, South Carolina          6-1          252         Sr.           Acworth, Ga.

*DB        Eric Berry, Tennessee                         5-11        203         Jr.            Fairburn, Ga.

DB          Javier Arenas, Alabama                     5-9          198         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.

DB          Trevard Lindley, Kentucky               6-0          179         Sr.           Hiram, Ga.

DB          Joe Haden, Florida                              5-11        185         Jr.            Ft. Washington, Md.

Second-Team Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown

DL          Charles Alexander, LSU                     6-3          310         Sr.           Breaux Bridge, La.

DL          Antonio Coleman, Auburn                                6-3          250         Sr.           Mobile, Ala.

#DL        Geno Atkins, Georgia                          6-1          290         Sr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla.

#DL        Dan Williams, Tennessee                   6-3          327         Sr.           Memphis, Tenn.

#DL        Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas          6-2          280         Sr.           Bainbridge, Ga.

LB          Micah Johnson, Kentucky                                6-2          258         Sr.           Ft. Campbell, Ky.

LB          Patrick Benoist, Vanderbilt                6-0          224         Sr.           Southlake, Texas

LB          Rico McCoy, Tennessee                    6-1          220         Sr.           Washington, D.C.

LB          Dont'a Hightower, Alabama             6-4          250         So.          Lewisburg, Tenn.

DB          Ahmad Black, Florida                        5-9          190         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.

DB          Chad Jones, LSU                                 6-3          214         Jr.            New Orleans, La.

DB          Prince Miller, Georgia                          5-8          198         Sr.           Duncan, S.C.

DB          Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt                   6-2          205         Sr.           Pompano Beach, Fla.

Third-Team Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown

DL          Jeff Owens, Georgia                            6-3          300         Sr.           Sunrise, Fla.

DL          Marcus Tillman, Ole Miss                  6-4          260         Sr.           McCall Creek, Miss.

#DL        Rahim Alem, LSU                               6-3          254         Sr.           New Orleans, La.

#DL        Corey Peters, Kentucky                     6-3          295         Sr.           Louisville, Ky.

LB          Chris Marve, Vanderbilt                     6-0          228         So.          Memphis, Tenn.

LB          Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State      6-1          245         Sr.           Fort Pierce, Fla.

LB          Ryan Stamper, Florida                       6-2          232         Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.

LB          Perry Riley, LSU                                  6-1          240         Sr.           Ellenwood, Ga.

DB          Major Wright, Florida                         6-0          200         Jr.            Miramar, Fla.

DB          Janoris Jenkins, Florida                      5-10        185         So.          Pahokee, Fla.

#DB        Ryan Hamilton, Vanderbilt               6-2          210         Sr.           Wycombe, Penn.

#DB        Chris Culliver, South Carolina          6-0          190         Jr.            Garner, N.C.

#DB        Reshad Jones, Georgia                      6-2          214         Jr.            Atlanta, Ga.


First-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           

PK          Leigh Tiffin, Alabama                        6-1          199         Sr.           Muscle Shoals, Ala.

P              Chas Henry, Florida                            6-4          215         Jr.            Dallas, Ga.

RS           Brandon James, Florida                     5-7          186         Sr.           St. Augustine, Fla.

Second-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           

PK          Jonathan Phillips, Florida                   5-10        210         Sr.           Wellington, Fla.

P              Brett Upson, Vanderbilt                     5-11        185         Sr.           Griffin, Ga.

RS           Javier Arenas, Alabama                     5-9          198         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.

Third-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           

PK          Joshua Shene, Ole Miss                      5-8          170         Sr.           Oklahoma City, Okla.

P              Spencer Lanning, South Carolina    5-11        188         Jr.            Rock Hill, S.C.

RS           Trindon Holliday, LSU                       5-5          165         Sr.           Zachary, La.

* - Unanimous Selections

# - Ties