Four The Number For Football Tigers

Hoover, Ala.--Four Auburn players were selected to preseason all-conference teams at the annual SEC Media Days and the Tigers are picked to finish fourth in their division.

Senior All-American Damon Duval was selected as the first team field goal kicker and the second team All-SEC punter.

Junior linebacker Dontarrious Thomas, the leading tackler on the 2002 team, was a first team selection. He earned All-SEC honors last fall.

Junior defensive lineman DeMarco McNeil and sophomore tailback Carnell Williams were named to the second teams. McNeil was a freshman All-American in 2000, but was limited by a knee injury last fall. Williams is also coming off a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final two games of the 2001 season in which he was a Freshman All-SEC pick. Both are expected to be full speed for the 2002 opener vs. Southern Cal.

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is expected to be a key player for the 2002 Tigers.

Preseason practice for the Tigers begins on Monday with freshmen only workouts. Auburn is expecting 25 freshmen to report on Sunday. The returning players report on Wednesday and begin full squad two-a-days the following day.

The following are the media's picks for preseason All-SEC.

2002 PRESEASON ALL-SEC TEAM


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

*TE Jason Witten, Tennessee, 6-5, 265, Jr., Elizabethton, Tenn.

*OL Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia, 6-6, 282, Sr., Lilburn, Ga.

*OL Shawn Andrews, Arkansas, 6-5, 350, So., Camden, Ark.

*OL Shannon Snell, Florida, 6-5, 301, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

*OL Justin Smiley, Alabama, 6-4, 296, So., Ellabell, Ga.

*C Ben Claxton, Ole Miss, 6-3, 288, Sr., Dublin, Ga.

*QB Rex Grossman, Florida, 6-1, 220, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.

*WR Kelley Washington,Tennessee, 6-4, 225, So., Stephens City, Va.

*WR Taylor Jacobs, Florida, 6-1, 198, Sr., Monticello, Fla.

*RB LaBrandon Toefield, LSU, 6-0, 225, Jr., Independence, La.

*RB Earnest Graham, Florida, 5-9, 215, Sr., Ft. Myers, Fla.

*PK Damon Duval, Auburn, 6-1, 187, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.

*Return Specialist Domanick Davis, LSU, 5-10, 211, Sr., Breaux Bridge, La.


FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

*DL Jarret Johnson, Alabama, 6-4, 287, Sr., Chiefland, Fla.

*DL Ian Scott, Florida, 6-3, 307, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.

*DL Kindal Moorehead, Alabama, 6-4, 304, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

*LB Bradie James, LSU, 6-3, 238, Sr., West Monroe, La.

*LB Boss Bailey, Georgia, 6-4, 218, Sr., Folkston, Ga.

*LB Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn, 6-4, 234, Jr., Perry, Ga.

*LB Mario Haggan, Mississippi State, 6-3, 253, Sr., Clarksdale, Miss.

*DB Rashad Faison, South Carolina, 5-9, 190, Sr., Wauchula, Fla.

*DB Todd Johnson, Florida, 6-1, 201, Sr., Sarasota, Fla.

*DB Jabari Greer, Tennessee, 5-10, 175, Jr., Jackson, Tenn.

*DB Lawrence Richardson, Arkansas, 5-10, 174, Jr., Galveston, Texas

*P Glenn Pakulak, Kentucky, 6-3, 230, Sr., Lapeer, Mich.


SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

*TE Doug Zeigler, Ole Miss, 6-4, 254, Sr., Wilmington, Ohio

*OL Will Ofenheusle, Tennessee, 6-8, 305, Sr., Martin, Tenn.

*OL Travelle Wharton, South Carolina, 6-4, 300, Jr., Fountain Inn, S.C.

*OL Kevin Breedlove, Georgia ,6-4, 305, Sr., Clemson, S.C.

*OL Michael Munoz, Tennessee, 6-6, 300, So., Mason, Ohio

*OL Max Starks, Florida, 6-8, 345, Jr., Orlando, Fla.

*C Alonzo Ephraim, Alabama, 6-4, 312, Sr., Birmingham, Ala.

*QB Eli Manning, Ole Miss, 6-4, 215, Jr., New Orleans, La.

*WR Fred Gibson, Georgia, 6-4, 180, So., Waycross, Ga.

*WR Michael Clayton, LSU, 6-4, 185, So., Baton Rouge, La.

*RB Carnell Williams, Auburn, 5-11, 205, So., Attalla, Ala.

*RB Andrew Pinnock, South Carolina, 6-0, 255, Sr., Bloomfield, Conn.

*PK Alex Walls, Tennessee, 6-1, 190, Sr., Bristol, Va.

*Return Specialist Jason Armstead, Ole Miss, 5-10, 160, Sr., Moss Point, Miss.


SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

*DL Kenny King, Alabama, 6-5, 277, Sr., Daphne, Ala.

*DL DeMarco McNeil, Auburn, 6-1, 300, Jr., Prichard, Ala.

*DL Chad Lavalais, LSU, 6-3, 270, Jr., Marksville, La.

*LB, Tony Gilbert, Georgia, 6-1, 242, Sr., Macon, Ga.

*LB Eddie Moore, Tennessee, 6-0, 220, Sr., South Pittsburg, Tenn.

*LB Brooks Daniels, Alabama, 6-2, 205, Jr., Jasper, Fla.

*DB Ken Hamlin, Arkansas, 6-2, 200, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

*DB Damien James, LSU, 5-11, 191, Sr., Carencro, La.

*DB Josh Morgan, Mississippi State, 6-1, 199, Sr., Vicksburg, Miss.

*DB Rushen Jones, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 198, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

*P Damon Duval, Auburn, 6-1, 187, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.

The following is the voting by the SEC Media Days poll participants predicting the order of finish in each division.

Eastern Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)

1. Tennessee (41)

2. Georgia (19)

3. Florida (19)

4. South Carolina (3)

5. Kentucky

6. Vanderbilt


Western Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)

1. LSU (43)

2. Alabama (24)***

3. Ole Miss (7)

4. Auburn (3)

5. Arkansas (5)

6. Mississippi State

***Ineligible for SEC Championship due to NCAA probation.


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