AU Leads Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

Birmingham, Ala.--Fourteen Auburn players have been named to the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC, the conference announced on Thursday.

The Tigers lead the league in number of selections with two more than Georgia, LSU and Arkansas. The Tigers play all three of those teams this season.

First team selections for the Tigers include tight end Cole Bennett, offensive guard Tim Duckworth, tailback Kenny Irons, cornerback David Irons, linebacker Will Herring, defensive end Quentin Groves and punter Kody Bliss. AU's seven first team selections are the most of any team. Georgia was second with five while Arkansas and Florida had three apiece.

Kody Bliss was an All-SEC pick for the Tigers as a junior and an All-America candidate for his senior season.

Second team selections are offensive tackle Jonathan Palmer, center Joe Cope and guard Ben Grubbs.

Tigers on the All-SEC third team include quarterback Brandon Cox, linebacker Karibi Dede, defensive end Marquies Gunn and kicker John Vaughn,

Florida had 10 players selected to the squad and was followed by Kentucky with seven, Alabama with six, Tennessee with five, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State with three while South Carolina and Ole Miss had two selections. LSU and Tennessee had two players selected Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vandy each had one.

One of the Ole Miss picks, linebacker Patrick Willis, was the only unanimous first team selection.

The preseason All-SEC squad features 53 seniors, 26 juniors and nine sophomores.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC OFFENSE

TE Cole Bennett, Senior, Auburn

OL Arron Sears, Senior, Tennessee

OL Tim Duckworth, Senior, Auburn

OL Daniel Inman, Senior, Georgia

OL Will Arnold, Junior, LSU

C Nick Jones, Senior, Georgia

WR Sidney Rice, Sophomore, South Carolina

WR Earl Bennett, Sophomore, Vanderbilt

QB Chris Leak, Senior, Florida

RB Kenny Irons, Senior, Auburn

RB Darren McFadden, Sophomore, Arkansas

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC OFFENSE

TE Jacob Tamme, Junior, Kentucky

OL Ben Grubbs, Senior, Auburn

Senior Ben Grubbs is a pro prospect as he heads into his senior season.

OL Brian Anderson, Senior, Mississippi State

OL Brian Stamper, Senior, Vanderbilt

OL Brian Johnson, Senior, LSU

OL Jonathan Palmer, Senior, Auburn

OL Stephen Parker, Senior, Arkansas

C Joe Cope, Senior, Auburn

WR Dallas Baker, Senior, Florida

WR Dwayne Bowe, Senior, LSU

QB JaMarcus Russell, Junior, LSU

RB Kenneth Darby, Senior, Alabama

RB Arian Foster, Sophomore, Tennessee

RB Rafael Little, Junior, Kentucky

RB Alley Broussard, Junior, LSU

THIRD TEAM ALL-SEC OFFENSE

TE Martrez Milner, Senior, Georgia

OL Robert Felton, Junior, Arkansas

OL Zac Tubbs, Senior, Arkansas

OL Michael Oher, Sophomore, Ole Miss

OL Michael Aitcheson, Senior, Kentucky

OL Aaron Miller, Sophomore, Kentucky

C Antoine Caldwell, Sophomore, Alabama

WR Tyrone Prothro, Senior, Alabama

WR Andre Caldwell, Junior, Florida

QB Brandon Cox, Junior, Auburn

QB Brandon Cox is shown during a workout this summer on the Auburn campus.

RB Thomas Brown, Junior, Georgia

RB Peyton Hillis, Junior, Arkansas

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC DEFENSE

DL Quentin Moses, Senior, Georgia

DL Justin Harrell, Senior, Tennessee

DL Quentin Groves, Junior, Auburn

LB Patrick Willis, Senior, Ole Miss

LB Sam Olajubutu, Senior, Arkansas

LB Brandon Siler, Junior, Florida

LB Will Herring, Senior, Auburn

DB LaRon Landry, Senior, LSU

DB Tra Battle, Senior, Georgia

DB David Irons, Senior, Auburn

DB Ramzee Robinson, Senior, Alabama

DB Reggie Nelson, Junior, Florida

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC DEFENSE

DL Chase Pittman, Senior, LSU

DL Keith Jackson, Senior, Arkansas

DL Ray McDonald, Senior, Florida

DL Marcus Thomas, Senior, Florida

LB Quinton Culberson, Senior, Mississippi State

LB Ali Highsmith, Junior, LSU

LB Tony Taylor, Senior, Georgia

LB Juwan Simpson, Senior, Alabama

LB Earl Everett, Senior, Florida

DB Jonathan Hefney, Junior, Tennessee

DB Fred Bennett, Senior, South Carolina

DB Jeramie Johnson, Senior, Mississippi State

DB Jessie Daniels, Senior, LSU

THIRD TEAM ALL-SEC DEFENSE

DL Marquies Gunn, Senior, Auburn

DL Glenn Dorsey, Junior, LSU

DL Turk McBride, Senior, Tennessee

DL Jamaal Anderson, Junior, Arkansas

LB Wesley Woodyard, Junior, Kentucky

LB Jarvis Jackson, Senior, Georgia

LB Jonathan Goff, Junior, Vanderbilt

LB Karibi Dede, Senior, Auburn

Versatile fifth-year senior Karibi Dede can play all three of Auburn's linebacker positions.

LB Freddie Fairchild, Sophomore, Arkansas

DB Roger Williams, Junior, Kentucky

DB Michael Grant, Junior, Arkansas

DB Chevis Jackson, Junior, LSU

DB Randy Kelly, Senior, Arkansas

DB Paul Oliver, Junior, Georgia

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Brandon Coutu, Junior, Georgia

P Kody Bliss, Senior, Auburn

RS Felix Jones, Sophomore, Arkansas

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Chris Hetland, Senior, Florida

P Gordon Ely-Kelso, Senior, Georgia

P Chris Jackson, Senior, LSU

RS Rafael Little, Junior, Kentucky

THIRD TEAM ALL-SEC SPECIAL TEAMS

PK John Vaughn, Senior, Auburn

P Eric Wilbur, Senior, Florida

RS Thomas Flowers, Junior, Georgia

RS Tyrone Prothro, Senior, Alabama

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