Our Nominees At SEC Media Days
This year, though, we have made our rare selections, including selecting Alabama to win the SEC championship over Georgia (our Eastern Division pick). That part was pretty easy because prior to the start of the meeting Tuesday, we had determined our final predictions.
The pre-season All-SEC team took a little more study. That's partly because I can't remember for sure which top players have returned for this season. But I worked through it.
We'll find out Thursday, the final day of the event at Hoover in suburban Birmingham, how my picks mesh with however many others bother to vote.
I did pick a number of Alabama players for the pre-season All-SEC team, but that's because I think the Crimson Tide of Coach Nick Saban (who, by the way, addresses the journalists and broadcasters Thurdsay) has more good football players than any other team.
Our Alabama selections include offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Anthony Steen, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and tailback T.J. Yeldon on offense. On defense we have defensive lineman Xzavier Dickson (Bama nominated him as a defensive end), linebackers C.J. Mosley and Adrian Hubbard, and defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix. We also picked Cody Mandell as the All-SEC punter.
Here are all our picks:
WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
TE – Austin Tate, Arkansas
OL – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
OL – Anthony Steen, Alabama
OL – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
C –Travis Swanson, Arkansas
QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB – T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia
DL – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL – Anthony Johnson, LSU
DL – Xzavier Dickson, Alabama
DL – Dominique Easley, Florida
LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama
LB – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
LB – Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
DB – HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama
DB – Damian Swann, Georgia
DB – E.J. Gaines, Missouri
DB – Craig Loston, LSU
P – Cody Mandell, Alabama
PK – James Hairston, LSU
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