Players Chosen For SEC Media Event
Alabama Coach Nick Saban, senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson, and junior linebacker Rolando McClain will be one of four teams featured on Thursday, July 23. The event is not open to the public.
Other schools on July 23 will be Georgia, Ole Miss and Florida. Florida, which was national champion, and Alabama played for the SEC title last year and are expected to be favored to meet again in the SEC Championship Game this season.
On the first day of the event, July 22, schools will be Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Kentucky. The final day, July 24, has Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU.
Mike Johnson, 6-6, 305, was a first team All-America by Pro Football Weekly in 2008. He was second team All-SEC and twice was SEC Lineman of the Week. He will be a starter for the third year.
McClain, 6-4, 249, was third team All-America and first team All-SEC as a sophomore. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker. He had 95 total tackles last year with 12 behind the line of scrimmage.
Here is a tentative list of players from other schools who will be represented:
ARKANSAS DT Malcolm Sheppard (6-2, 280, Sr.)
•2nd Team All-SEC by Coaches and AP in 2008.
•Returning two-year starter at defensive tackle.
•Had 68 stops with 14.5 behind the line last year, including 6.5 sacks.
TE D.J. Williams (6-2, 251, Jr.)
•Led team with 61 receptions, 723 receiving yards and three TD catches.
•Only returning Mackey Award semifinalist from last year.
•First-team All-SEC by AP and 2nd team by league's coaches.
TE Tommy Trott (6-5, 237, Sr.)
•Had 20 catches for 201 yards last season.
•SEC All-Freshman Team in 2006.
•Has 34 career catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
DE Antonio Coleman (6-3, 257, Sr.)
•Had 46 total tackles with team-high 10.5 behind the line of scrimmage.
•Also had team-high 6 sacks and 13 quarterback pressures.
•1st team All-SEC in 2008.
QB Tim Tebow (6-3, 235, Sr.)
•2008 Maxwell Award Winner and 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner.
•Winner of Manning Award and Wuerffel Trophy in 2008.
•SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in
•First-team CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America in 2008.
LB Brandon Spikes (6-3, 243, Jr.)
•Finalist for Nagurski Award in 2008 as well as Bednarik & Lombardi Award semifinalist.
•First-team All-America and first-team All-SEC.
•Led Gators with 93 total tackles last season with 8 sacks and 4 interceptions.
QB Joe Cox (6-1, 210, Sr.)
•Has appeared in 13 games in his career with one start.
•Has completed 33-of-58 passes for 432 yards with 5 TDs and one interception.
•Sporting News College Football Player of the Week vs. Colorado in 2006.
DT Jeff Owens (6-3, 306, Sr.)
•Suffered season-ending knee injury in first quarter of season opener in 2008.
•Two-year starter having appeared in 39 career games.
•Has 70 total tackles, with nine behind the line, including 3.5 sacks.
OT Zipp Duncan (6-5, 290, Sr.)
•Two-year returning starter for the Wildcats.
•UK offensive line led the SEC in least sacks allowed in 2008 (13 in 13 games).
•Prior to finding a home on the offensive line in 2007, played at defensive end and tight end.
CB Trevard Lindley (6-0, 175, Sr.)
•Earned third-team All-American honors as a sophomore and was a second-team selection as a junior.
•Led the SEC in total passes defended per game with four interceptions and 11 breakups in 2008.
•Has current streak of 28 consecutive starts.
OT Ciron Black (6-5, 325, Sr.)
•2008 Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP) and 2007 Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
•2006 Third-Team Freshman All-American (Sporting News) and Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
•Three-year returning starter with current streak of 40 consecutive starts.
LB Jacob Cutrera (6-4, 236, Sr.)
•First-year starter for the Tigers.
•Has seen action in 35 career games, starting five, and has 91 career tackles with 5.5 for losses.
•2006 Third-Team Freshman All-America (Sporting News)
QB Jevan Snead (6-3, 215, Jr.)
•3rd Team All-SEC by Phil Steele and 2nd Team by AP last season.
•Completed 184-of-327 passes for 2,762 yards with 26 TDs and 13 INTs last season.
•2nd in the SEC in TD passes and third in yards per game last season.
DE Greg Hardy (6-4, 265, Sr.)
•Third-team All-America by Rivals.com last season.
•2nd-Team All-SEC by league's coaches and honorable mention by AP last season.
•Has 32.5 tackles for losses, including 21.5 sacks, in 31 career games.
OT Derek Sherrod (6-7, 310, Jr.)
•Started the final 10 games of the 2008 campaign after missing the first two with an injury.
•Played in 11 contests in 2007 as a true freshman.
LB K.J. Wright (6-3, 226, Jr.)
•2nd on the team in tackles last season with 72, including nine for losses.
•Had season high 10 stops against LSU and nine against Arkansas.
•Has played in 22 straight games for the Bulldogs.
WR Moe Brown (6-0, 183, Sr.)
•Has 52 career catches for 633 yards and 1 touchdown, playing in 37 career games with 10 starts.
•Last season, had 30 grabs for 391 yards and a score.
•Had career high seven catches for 130 yards and a TD last season vs. Georgia.
LB Eric Norwood (6-1, 252, Sr.)
•Two-time 1st-team All-SEC selection.
•Has 174 career tackles with 43 behind the line, including 22 sacks.
•Had 75 tackles, 14.5 for losses with nine sacks last season.
SAF Eric Berry (5-11, 195, So.)
•2008 unanimous first-team All-America and All-SEC selection.
•SEC Defensive Player of the Year by league's coaches in 2008.
•Led nation in interception return yards and tied for national lead in interceptions last season.
•Has already broken SEC career interception return yardage record.
TB Montario Hardesty (6-0, 212, Sr.)
•Second on Vols last season with 76 rushes for 271 yards. Led Vols with six rushing TDs.
•Had season best 12 carries for 66 yards against UCLA.
•Has rushed for 1,046 career yards and 13 TDs.
C Bradley Vierling (6-3, 294, Sr.)
•Junior offensive co-captain last season.
•Has played in 34 career games and started every game last season.
•Serves on team's leadership council.
CB Myron Lewis (6-2, 205, Sr.)
•Has 129 career tackles with eight behind the line, six interceptions and 18 pass deflections.
•Has started 25 consecutive games coming in to 2009 season.
•Had 76 tackles with seven for losses and five interceptions last season.
•Last minute interception preserved Music City Bowl win against Boston College.
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