Bama Well-Represented On All-SEC
Florida had eight selections on the media's first team and four on the second team for a total of 12. Alabama was second in number of selections with six first team picks and two second team honorees.
That dovetailed with media predictions for the SEC Western and Eastern division champions and the overall conference winner. Bama and the Gators were predicted to meet again in 2009 (as was the case in 2008) with Florida expected to repeat (no surprise since the Gators are defending national champions, have former Heisman Trophy winner Tebow back, and have all of the defense and most others returning).
Ten of the 12 SEC schools had a member on the first team pre-season squad and each school was represented on the two teams selected by the media.
There were no unanimous selections on the All-SEC team. Only 64 of the nearly 1,000 who registered for the event bothered to vote for the pre-season All-SEC Team and predicted order of finish. Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry received the most votes, 62. Tebow and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes each received 61 votes.
Alabama's first team selections were wide receiver Julio Jones (58 votes), offensive lineman Mike Johnson (55), linebacker Rolando McClain (50), defensive lineman Terrence Cody (55), defensive back Javier Arenas (23), and placekicker Leigh Tiffin (31).
Sophomore running back Mark Ingram and Arenas as a return specialist were second team selections.
The top news story from SEC Media Days seemed to be the confession of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier was that it was his ballot that failed to include Tebow as quarterback on the Coaches Pre-Season team. Spurrier's explanation was a reasonable one, that he didn't fill out the ballot (it's hard to imagine any coach not giving that responsibility to one of his staff) and had not been aware that his ballot did not have Tebow at quarterback.
A mild surprise on the media team was that Dont'a Hightower didn't make at least second team. Bama's upcoming sophomore linebacker appears to be an upcoming star on the level of McClain. Two of the second team linebackers got three votes and one got four.
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