Three Hogs Earn Preseason All-SEC Honors

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas hasn't made a strong preseason impression on Southeastern Conference coaches the past two seasons.

Last July, the Razorbacks had just three players recognized on the inaugural SEC Coaches' Preseason All-SEC team. That number didn't improve Wednesday, when the SEC released its first, second, and third teams for the second straight year.

Three Hogs, sophomore receiver Marcus Monk, senior right tackle Zac Tubbs and senior linebacker Pierre Brown, were named to the 2005 Coaches Preseason All-SEC team. Monk and Tubbs earned second-team honors, while Brown was named to the third-team.

"I'm pleased that Marcus, Zac and Pierre have been recognized for their accomplishments on the field," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "They have been a valuable part of our team in the past and I fully expect them to have another outstanding season.

"I think we have some additional players that could see their names on the All-SEC teams by the end of the year."

No Arkansas player made the coaches' All-SEC first team for the second straight season. The Razorbacks were one of just two schools, joining Kentucky, that didn't have any first-team selections Wednesday.

Auburn led all schools with six first-team selections. Tennessee had four. Florida, Georgia, Alabama and LSU each had three.

Overall, Florida led all SEC schools with 12 players on the three All-SEC teams. The Gators were followed by Auburn (11), Tennessee (10) and Alabama and Georgia (9).

Arkansas' three total selections were tied with Kentucky for the second-lowest in the SEC. Vanderbilt had two. But both Commodores recognized -- quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Moses Osemwegie -- earned first-team honors.

"I don't take much in polls and those all SEC teams," said Nutt, who is one of 12 conference coaches that fills out a ballot but isn't allowed to vote for his own players. "I do it because they want me to fill it out. I don't worry about that as much.

"Let them do their talking on the field and things will work out."

Monk did just that in 2004, setting an Arkansas freshman record for receptions (37) and also tied for the team lead in catches. The 6-foot-6, 224-pounder, who was second in receiving yards (569) and led the Hogs with six touchdown catches, will have even more opportunities during his sophomore season.

Brown was the only member of a young defense recognized by the conference coaches. The Birmingham, Ala., native was second on the team in tackles last season (60) and is listed as the starting strongside linebacker heading into preseason drills.

Tubbs started five games at right tackle last season before sustaining a season-ending broken ankle during an off-week practice. He returned to non-contact work during spring drills and is penciled in as the starter at right tackle when preseason practice begins in August.

"He's played in some critical games when he was well," Nutt said. "He's got a big body, had a couple of real good games. (Being recognized) is what happens even though he played very little last year."




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