SEC All-Overlooked Team

The assembled minds at SEC Media Days have spoken, naming first and second all-conference teams heading into the football season. The SEC's got a lot of talent to go around, though. Here's a guy for each position who was left off the list but might enjoy a bigger 2008 than the voters anticipated.

QB - Jevan Snead, Ole Miss - The safest pick here is Alabama's John Parker Wilson. He's a senior with two years worth of starting experience under his belt, but the Crimson Tide's receivers are a big question mark. Wilson's 18 TD to 12 INT numbers from 2007 don't excite much either. The rest of the SEC's quarterbacks are a huge crapshoot, with uncertain situations at places like LSU, Auburn and Kentucky, plus starters with a little experience learning brand new schemes in Tennessee and Arkansas.

Snead is a sure shot for the Ole Miss starting job, and was a hot enough high school prospect to originally commit to Florida before signing with Texas. The Rebels have some decent talent that was poorly developed by Ed Orgeron's staff. An accommodating early schedule should help Snead get off to a good start on his way to a surprisingly strong year one under Houston Nutt.

RB - Keiland Williams, LSU - With Jacob Hester gone to the NFL and inexperienced quarterbacks under center, LSU will work to get their leading returning rusher Williams lots of touches this season. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry in limited 2007 use and unlike his talented but tiny teammate Trindon Holliday is physical enough to run with power if necessary.

WR - Lucas Taylor, Tennessee - Let me get this straight. Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi had 32 catches last season for 491 yards and four touchdowns and he's All-SEC. Lucas Taylor had 73 catches for 1000 yards and five scores, and he's not. Taylor 2007 numbers are better than Massaquoi's last two seasons COMBINED. Even though the Vols are breaking in a fresh starter under new coordinator Dave Clawson, it's hard to imagine Taylor's production falling off too much.

TE - Aaron Hernandez, Florida - Urban Meyer has mentioned one new wrinkle to look for in Florida's offense this season is two tight end sets. Hernandez is the reason why. His teammate Cornelius Ingram was named first team All-SEC, but Hernandez came on strong at the end of last season. A 55-yard reception against South Carolina and three catches against Michigan in Florida's bowl show the big sophomore has a larger role in the high powered Gator offense ahead.

RS - Derek Pegues, Mississippi State -Pegues made the All-SEC team as a safety, but his return work on kicks and punts is worth paying attention to as well. Not a lot of players as important as he is to the Bulldogs do both.

DL - Geno Atkins, Georgia - The SEC inexplicably requires its voters to select All-SEC talent based on a 3-4 defensive scheme. That's the only explanation for how Atkins got left off the team completely by media members. The coaches put him on their second team, and with good reason. Atkins led Georgia in tackles for loss, had 7.5 sacks, and is a disruptive force on the inside.

LB - Braxton Kelley, Kentucky - With nine players at this position making the media team thanks to a tie, this was the hardest spot to find someone who had a good case and was left off. With Wesley Woodyard wrapping up his time in Lexington, someone's stats will have to pick up considering the 139 tackles Woodyard made last year. Kelley, who had 63 stops and the most tackles for loss of any returning UK player, appears to be the guy whose numbers will benefit.

DB - Emanuel Cook, South Carolina - Cook was selected as a second team performer by the SEC coaches but was passed over by media members. The safety's hard to miss during games, delivering big hits and making plays for the Gamecocks.

P - Chas Henry, Florida - The sophomore's punts were almost impossible to return during his first season thanks to great hangtime, giving him a 39.3 yard per punt gross and a 38.7 net average. After struggling in a key moment against Auburn in the first half of the Gators season, he delivered in pressure situations later in the year.

K - Ryan Succop, South Carolina - Succop was actually named to the 2nd team as a punter, but Gamecock coaches may not use him in that role this season to preserve his leg strength for kicking. Succop has already demonstrated a strong leg and good accuracy while pulling double duty, and he should do even better if kicking is his only focus.

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