Media tabbs Dawgs 3rd in SEC East

BIRMINGHAM – The media, it seems, doesn't expect any more from Georgia than the SEC coaches do.

The conference released the results of the voting at SEC Media Days on Friday morning, and there were few Bulldogs on the list.

Place-kicker Brandon Coutu and linebacker Brandon Miller were the only Georgia players on either the first or second team and both were second team. Miller received just five votes, barely qualifying at all. Coutu received 35 votes, four fewer than South Carolina's Ryan Succop.

The Bulldogs' two representatives tied with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for the fewest in the league. Since Media Days voting began in 1992, Georgia has had at least two first-team performers every year until this year.

"I always tell the guys, ‘If you want recognition, win,'" head coach Mark Richt said. "The preseason SEC poll doesn't mean much really. The postseason SEC means something. If we win, if we become a champion, then there will be guys on that SEC first-team."

In coaches' voting released last week, Miller was placed on the second-team defense, and Fernando Velasco was placed on the third-team offense.

As a team, Georgia, which finished 9-4 last season and was 1-4 in its division, was picked by the media to finish third in the Eastern Division, behind Florida and Tennessee. Twelve voters picked the Bulldogs to win the East, and three picked them to win the league overall.

"We are definitely under the radar," Richt said. "Whether we rise or not is the big question. I believe in this team. I believe we've got a chance to be as good as any team we've had."

LSU was the overwhelming pick to win the league, receiving 54 votes to Florida's seven.


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