FOOTBALL: Gator Country's All-SEC Team

We proudly present the All-Southeastern Conference selections of both our staff members and you, the Gator Country faithful. We certainly thank you for your participation in this venture.

Gator Country's All-SEC Team

 

Our staff seemingly found a lot of common ground, especially on the offensive side of the ball where eight players (Butler, Smith, Britt, Pope, Small, Brown, Williamson, and Fason) received unanimous selections. Leonard Pope's selection to the squad was pathetic in itself, as tight end production in the conference was as sound as a Lynn Amedee offense.

 

The most heated debate offensively was over the Offensive Player of the Year, so both Larry Vettel and I shared the title between quarterback Jason Campbell (his nominee) and (mine) Ciatrick Fason. Equally close was the battle was between center candidates Mike Degory and Ben Wilkerson. Sure, we could have weaseled out and created a generic offensive line, but voted against it. Wilkerson would have also made a tremendous choice. None of us had a tackle (with the exception of Britt) who received two votes. Vettel and I were 11 of 11 on the first team minus the tackle. His nominee was Tennessee's Aaron Sears. I chose McNeill, and listed him as the overall group selection, because Larry was busy counting his money.

 

There were two Gators who would have made our 2nd team, offensive tackle Randy Hand and wide receiver Andre Caldwell. Quarterback Chris Leak received a couple of votes, but admittedly, I had him on my third team. I felt that Georgia's David Greene was more consistent.

 

Gator Country Staff Selections

 

Offense

 

Center

Mike Degory 6'6 306 Jr. Florida

 

Guards

Rob Smith 6'4 308 So. Tennessee

Lance Butler 6'7 298 Jr. Florida

 

Tackles

Wesley Britt 6'8 298 Sr. Alabama

Marcus McNeill 6'9 332 Jr. Auburn

 

Tight End

Leonard Pope 6'7 253 So. Georgia

 

 

Wide Receivers

OJ Small 6'1 226 Sr. Florida

Reggie Brown 6'1 197 Sr. Georgia

Troy Williamson 6'2 200 Jr. South Carolina

 

Quarterback

Jason Campbell 6'5 223 Sr. Auburn

 

Running Backs

Ciatrick Fason 6'0 215 Jr. Florida

Cadillac Williams 5'11 210 Sr. Auburn

 

 

Defensively, the results were very different. We're prepared for both the nickel and dime packages. We had two unanimous selections, LSU defensive tackle Kyle Williams and Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett. Leo's vote for Mississippi State's Willie Evans and Jen's Ray Mac vote kept Mahelona from being unanimous at D-Tackle. There was three way tie at defensive end, so I added them all.

 

Florida's lone selection to the first team was Channing Crowder, who missed being a unanimous choice by a single vote. LSU's Lionel Turner edged out Auburn's Travis Williams and Vanderbilt's Moses Osemwegie just missed the first team. Leo thought enough of Brandon Siler's play to put him on the first unit.

 

Interestingly, most of the defensive backs missed being unanimous selections by a single vote, the exception being Dee Webb. Jen and I didn't have him among our first team selections. Also receiving votes were Jarvis Herring and Ko Simpson of South Carolina.

 

Overall, Auburn and Florida led with six first team selections each. Our addition of Webb to the dime package kept the Gators among the top. LSU, Georgia, and Tennessee each finished with four first team selections.

 

Defense

 

Defensive Tackles

Jesse Mahelona 6'2 300 Jr. Tennessee

Kyle Williams 6'2 295 Jr. LSU

 

Defensive Ends

Stanley McGlover 6'3 255 So. Auburn

David Pollack 6'3 261 Sr. Georgia

Marcus Spears 6'4 298 Sr. LSU

 

Linebackers

Kevin Burnett 6'3 235 Sr. Tennessee

Lionel Turner 6'2 260 Sr. LSU

Channing Crowder 6'3 245 So. Florida

 

Cornerbacks

Carlos Rogers 6'1 200 Sr. Auburn

Corey Webster 6'0 204 Sr. LSU

Dee Webb 5'11 190 So. Florida

 

Safeties

Jason Allen 6'2 200 Jr. Tennessee

Junior Rosegreen 6'0 198 Sr. Auburn

Thomas Davis 6'1 230 Jr. Georgia

 

 

Placekicker

Brian Bostick 5'11 213 Sr. Alabama

 

 

Punter

Jared Cook 5'10 188 Sr. Mississippi State

 

 

Coach of the Year

Tommy Tuberville Auburn

 

Offensive Player of the Year

QB Jason Campbell Auburn

RB Ciatrick Fason Florida

 

Defensive Player of the Year

DE David Pollack Georgia

 

 

 

 

Readers Selections

 

 

You guys saw things a little differently. Mo Mitchell received no votes from any of the staff members, but received several from your votes. Lance Butler received little recognition from the fans, but plenty for our staff. Degory was overwhelmingly the choice at center, where we struggled with our pick between the Palm Bay graduate and Ben Wilkerson. Receiving the most votes at tackle was Auburn's Marcus McNeill. Florida's Randy Hand was a close second. He was second team selection by the staff.

 

It seems we were on the same page as the staff in regards to the skills positions. All of our selections matched up. However, you did evenly match Tate Casey with Pope at tight end. You selected Auburn's Jason Campbell by a thin margin over Chris Leak. Your Offensive Player of the Year was a three way split between Ciatrick Fason, Jason Campbell, and Leak.

 

 

 

Offense

 

Center

Mike Degory 6'6 306 Jr. Florida

 

Guards

Mo Mitchell 6'7 370 Sr. Florida

Danny Lindsey 6'3 302 Sr. Auburn

 

Tackles

Marcus McNeill 6'9 332 Jr. Auburn

Randy Hand 6'6 305 Jr. Florida

 

Tight End

Leonard Pope 6'7 253 So. Georgia

Tate Casey 6'6 219 Fr. Florida

 

Wide Receivers

OJ Small 6'1 226 Sr. Florida

Reggie Brown 6'1 197 Sr. Georgia

Troy Williamson 6'2 200 Jr. South Carolina

 

Quarterback

Jason Campbell 6'5 223 Sr. Auburn

 

Running Backs

Ciatrick Fason 6'0 215 Jr. Florida

Cadillac Williams 5'11 210 Sr. Auburn

 

 

 

Defensively, the battle at defensive tackle was all even between Mahelona, Ratliff, and McDonald. Our staff handed in a vote for Ray Mac, but Jay Ratliff's emergence was a surprise. Pollack and Spears ran away at D-end. We couldn't have disagreed any more at linebacker though. I was surprised to see so many votes for Thurman and Wortham, while so few went to Crowder, Burnett, Williams, and Turner.

 

Your thoughts on the secondary were dead on track with our staff. LSU's Corey Webster received the most first team votes. He finished a close second to Georgia's David Pollack in the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Your only unanimous selection in the whole process was Tommy Tuberville as Coach of the Year. Thanks again for your participation, it was very interesting.

 

Defense

 

Defensive Tackles

Jesse Mahelona 6'2 300 Jr. Tennessee

Jay Ratliff 6'5 281 Sr. Auburn

Ray McDonald 6'3 285 So. Florida

 

Defensive Ends

David Pollack 6'3 261 Sr. Georgia

Marcus Spears 6'4 298 Sr. LSU

 

Linebackers

Moses Osemwegie 6'0 220 Jr. Vanderbilt

Cornelius Wortham 6'1 233 Sr. Alabama

Odell Thurman 6'1 235 Jr. Georgia

 

Cornerbacks

Corey Webster 6'0 204 Sr. LSU

Dee Webb 5'11 190 So. Florida

 

Safeties

Jason Allen 6'2 200 Jr. Tennessee

Junior Rosegreen 6'0 198 Sr. Auburn

Thomas Davis 6'1 230 Jr. Georgia

 

 

Placekicker

Matt Leach 6'1 200 Sr. Florida

 

 

Punter

Eric Wilbur 6'2 200 So. Florida

 

 

Coach of the Year

Tommy Tuberville Auburn

 

Offensive Player of the Year

QB Jason Campbell Auburn

RB Ciatrick Fason Florida

QB Chris Leak Florida

 

Defensive Player of the Year

DE David Pollack Georgia

 

 


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