Groves, 7 Others Make Coaches All-SEC Teams

Birmingham, Ala.--Senior defensive end Quentin Groves, a first team all league selection as a junior, is the only Auburn player chosen for the 2007 SEC Football Coaches Preseason First Team.

The Tigers have eight players selected by the coaches, who picked first, second and third teams. LSU and Arkansas with 12 players apiece have the most selected by the coaches and Auburn is next. Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee each have six All-SEC picks. Georgia and Vandy have five apiece, Mississippi State has four and Ole Miss three.

Groves, a 6-3, 255-pounder from Greenville, Miss., made 9 1/2 sacks as a junior and was a key defensive player for the 2006 Tigers, who finished 11-2.

Six Auburn defensive players made an All-SEC team, including three-fourths of the projected starting secondary with senior cornerback Jonathan Wilhite a second team pick plus senior cornerback Patrick Lee and senior safety Eric Brock on the third team.

Josh Thompson is expected to be a key player for the Tigers as a senior in the middle of the defense.

Another Auburn senior, noseguard Josh Thompson, is a third team selection on defense along with sophomore linebacker Tray Blackmon.

Offensively, the Tigers have two third team selections as senior left tackle King Dunlap and junior tailback Brad Lester were chosen by the coaches.

Another preseason All-SEC team, which will be selected by the media at SEC Media Days, will be announced next week.

Coaches All-SEC First Team Offense
TE Jacob Tamme, Kentucky, Sr.

OL Will Arnold, LSU, Sr.

OL Michael Oher, Ole Miss, Jr.

OL Drew Miller, Florida, Sr.

OL Chris Williams, Vandy, Sr.

C Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas, Jr.

WR Earl Bennett, Vandy, Jr.

WR Early Doucet, LSU, Sr.

QB Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, Sr.

RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas, Jr.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ole Miss, Sr.

Coaches All-SEC Second Team Offense

TE Andy Boyd, South Carolina, Sr.

OL Phil Trautwein, Florida, Sr.

OL Robert Felton, Sr., Arkansas

OL Andre Smith, Alabama, Soph.

OL Brian Stamper, Vanderbilt, Sr.

C Antoine Caldwell, Alabama, Jr.

C Brett Helms, LSU, Jr.

WR Marcus Monk, Arkansas, Sr.

WR Keenan Burton, Kentucky, Sr.

QB Erik Ainge, Sr., Tennessee

RB Felix Jones, Arkansas, Jr.

RB LaMarcus Coker, Tennessee, Soph.

Coaches All-SEC Offense Third Team

TE Ben Cleveland, Arkansas, Soph.

OL Ciron Black, LSU, Soph.

OL King Dunlap, Auburn, Sr.

King Dunlap is a returning starter for the Tigers at left tackle.

OL Anthony Parker, Tennessee, Jr.

OL Herman Johnson, LSU, Jr.

C Royce Blackledge, Mississippi State, Sr.

C Fernando Velasco, Georgia, Sr.

WR Percy Harvin, Florida, Soph.

WR Andre Caldwell, Florida, Sr.

QB Chris Nickson, Vanderbilt, Jr.

RB Brad Lester, Auburn, Jr.

RB Cory Boyd, South Carolina, Sr.,

RB Rafael Little, Kentucky, Sr.

Coaches First Team All-SEC Defense

DL Glenn Dorsey, LSU

Quentin Groves, Auburn, Sr., DL

DL Derrick Harvey, Florida, Jr.

LB Ali Highsmith, LSU, Sr.

LB Jonathan Goff, Vandy, Sr.

LB Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina, Sr.

LB Jero Mayo, Tennessee, Jr.

DB Simeon Castille, Alabama, Sr.

DB Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee, Sr.

DB Chevis Jackson, LSU, Sr.

DB Derek Pegues, Mississippi State, Jr.

Coaches Second Team All-SEC Defense

DL Titus Brown, Mississippi State, Sr.

DL Tyson Jackson, LSU, Jr.

DL Antwain Robinson, Arkansas, Jr.

LB Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky, Sr.

LB Prince Hall, Alabama, Soph.

LB Darry Beckwith, LSU, Jr.

LB Brandon Miller, Georgia, Sr.

DB Tony Joiner, Florida, Sr.

DB Jonathan Zenon, LSU, Sr.

DB Jonathan Wilhite, Auburn, Sr.

Jonathan Wilhite has bounced back from an injury as is expected to be full speed this season.

DB Kelin Johnson, Georgia, Sr.

Coaches Third Team All-SEC Defense

DL Josh Thompson, Auburn, Sr.

DL Wallace Gilberry, Alabama, Sr.

DL Casper Brinkley, South Carolina, Sr.

DL Marcus Harrison, Arkansas, Sr.

LB Tray Blackmon, Auburn, Soph.

LB Weston Dacus, Arkansas, Sr.

LB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State, Jr.

LB Freddie Fairchild, Arkansas, Soph.

DB Eric Brock, Auburn, Sr.

DB Patrick Lee, Auburn, Sr.

DB Craig Steltz, LSU, Sr.

DB Jamarca Sanford, Ole Miss, Jr.

DB Matt Hewitt, Arkansas, Sr.

Coaches First Team All-SEC Special Teams

PK Brandon Coutu, Georgia, Sr.

Punter Britton Colquitt, Tennessee, Jr.

Returner Mikey Henderson, Georgia, Sr.

Coaches Second Team All-SEC Special Teams

PK Ryan Succop, South Carolina, Jr.

Punter Ryan Succop, South Carolina, Jr.

Returner Felix Jones, Arkansas, Jr. p>

Coaches Third Team All-SEC Special Teams

PK Jamie Christensen, Alabama, Sr.

Punter No selection

Returner Rafael Little, Kentucky, Sr.

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