Ingram, Alabama Top All-SEC Picks
Alabama led the balloting with a league high 12 representatives on the preseason team selected by media at the event. Although the number of voting participants was an all-time high at 177, there were some 1,000 credentials issued, so it was a typically apathetic "election" by media.
(Full disclosure: I didn't bother voting, but Cary Clark of 'BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com did vote.)
A year ago the Florida media were on a mission to discover which SEC coach had failed to vote for Tim Tebow for All-SEC quarterback.
Mark Ingram, of course, was selected to the All-SEC first team with more votes than any other player. Second in receiving votes was Crimson Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower with 158 votes.
Other Alabama players selected to the pre-season All-SEC team are:
On the first team offense with Ingram were the Tide's back-up tailback Trent Richardson, wide receiver Julio Jones, offensive lineman Barrett Jones, and offensive lineman James Carpenter.
On the first team defense with Hightower were defensive end Marcell Dareus and defensive back Mark Barron
Greg McElroy was the quarterback and William Vlachos the center on the second team offense.
A bit of a surprise was on the second team defense where Courtney Upshaw was picked at linebacker.
Florida finished second with 10 total selections.
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 or second team.
Auburn and Georgia each had six student-athletes on either the first or second team followed by Kentucky with four, Arkansas three while LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt each had two selections.
Alabama had the most first-team selections with eight followed by Georgia with four. Florida had three selections while Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU and South Carolina had two each. Ole Miss had one first-team choice.
It's possible, of course, that it wasn't just Florida media who didn't vote for Ingram. There were other prospects of anti-Bama bias spotted at the three-day event in Hoover.
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