SEC Football Preview has LSU atop west

LSU has been tabbed to the win the Southeastern Conference Western Division in yet another preseason poll. This time, the Birmingham News has selected the Tigers and Tennessee to win their respective divisions in its 59th annual spring SEC Football Preview.

In voting done by the league's sports information director's, LSU picked up a total of 23 points, including three first place votes and two second place votes, to claim the western division in the poll. Auburn finished second with 21 points, followed by Alabama (18 points), Arkansas (14), Ole Miss (8) and Mississippi State (5).

Sports Information Directors could not vote for their own school.

On the eastern side of the conference, Tennessee got all five first place votes to finish with 25 points, followed by Georgia with 21 points, Florida (17), South Carolina (13), Kentucky (8) and Vanderbilt (5).

In overall league strength, Tennessee was voted No. 1 in the league with eight first place votes and a total of 111 points. LSU finished second with one first place vote and seven second place votes for a total of 107 points. Florida ranked No. 3, followed by Georgia, Auburn and Alabama.

In addition to the team polls, LSU also had several players receive recognition on the preseason all-SEC team. Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Claude Wroten and free safety LaRon Landry were all named first-team all-SEC, while running back Alley Broussard and defensive tackle Kyle Williams were named to the second-team.

In addition, LSU's Skyler Green was named the most versatile player in the league as well as being named the SEC's best kick returner.

Whitworth finished runner-up to Georgia's Max Jean-Giles in the best offensive lineman in the league category. Other runner-up finishes for the Tigers were Wroten (best defensive lineman), David Jones (best tight end), and Landry (best safety).

2005 Birmingham News Preseason SEC Poll

Western Division

1.                  LSU                            23 points

2.          Auburn             21 points

3.          Alabama           18 points

4.          Arkansas          14 points

5.          Ole Miss            8 points

6.          Miss. State        5 points

Eastern Division

1.          Tennessee           25 points

2.          Georgia               21 points

3.          Florida                17 points

4.          So. Carolina         13 points

5.          Kentucky             8 points

6.          Vanderbilt            5 points


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