Arkansas Picked 5th in the SEC West

Arkansas is predicted to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division according to a preseason poll conducted among league media attending the 2002 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days in Birmingham, Ala.

Defending league champion LSU tops the SEC West poll garnering 43 of a possible 82 first-place votes. Alabama picked up 24 first-place votes and garnered second while Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State rounded out the division selections.

Tennessee topped the SEC East projections followed by Georgia, Florida, South Carolina Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

The Volunteers also were tabbed as the favorite for the overall title earning 34 votes. Florida and Georgia ranked second and third, respectively, while SEC West favorite LSU finished fourth in the overall title vote.

Arkansas sophomore offensive tackle Shawn Andrews and junior cornerback Lawrence Richardson were named to the preseason All-SEC first team. Andrews earned freshman All-America honors last season after starting the final nine regular season games at right tackle. In 2001, Andrews became only the third true freshman to start on the offensive line in school history.

Richardson led the SEC and set a school record with 20 pass deflections last season. A starter in all 11 regular season games in 2001, he became the first Razorback to return both an interception and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same season.

Junior free safety Ken Hamlin was tabbed as a second-team defensive back. Hamlin is a preseason All-American after posting back-to-back 100+ tackle seasons. A first-team All-SEC selection a year ago, he is a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year award this season.


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