Southeastern Conference coaches have selected a 2016 preseason All-SEC team that includes seven Alabama players on the first unit. Bama and LSU tied for the most total players selected on the three teams with 13.
Alabama first team selections are:
Tight end O.J. Howard, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, offensive tackle Cam Robinson, defensive end Jonathan Allen, middle linebacker Reuben Foster, and punter J.K. Scott.
The preseason honor from the league's coaches is the third for Howard and is his second consecutive first team selection. Allen, Jackson, Scott, and Robinson were honored for the second time.
Alabama second-team selections are offensive guard Alphonse Taylor, outside linebacker Tim Williams, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, and placekicker Adam Griffith. Center Ross Pierschbacher and cornerback Marlon Humphrey were named on the third team.
All 14 SEC schools were represented by at least one player, including eight schools with six or more selections each. Nine SEC schools had at least one first team All-SEC selection, including a conference-best seven for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama returns 14 starters from a season ago when the team finished 14-1 and won the school’s 16th national championship. The Crimson Tide has claimed four of the last seven national championships and owns a 98-12 record in the last eight seasons under Coach Nick Saban.
The Crimson Tide opens the 2016 season on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Southern Cal in Arlington, Texas. ABC will televise the game beginning at 7 p.m. CDT.