In a poll of the league's 12 sports
information directors, LSU totaled 110 points, including six first place votes,
to outdistance second place
The Tigers return 15 starters and 46 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 11-2 overall mark and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation. LSU capped the 2006 season with a 41-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
In the SEC Western Division, the
Tigers received four first place votes and a total of 23 total points to finish
one point better than
In the individual honors, LSU
defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was named as the league's best defensive lineman,
while wide receiver Early Doucet was named as the runner-up for the most
valuable player honor.
Doucet was also rated as the
second-best receiver in the league behind Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett, while Ali Highsmith was ranked as the SEC's No. 2 outside linebacker behind
Dorsey and Doucet, along with offensive guard Will Arnold, were named to the Birmingham News' 2007 Preseason All-SEC team, while Highsmith along with guard Herman Johnson, defensive end Tyson Jackson, cornerbacks Chevis Jackson and Jonathan Zenon and safety Craig Steltz were all second team picks.
In all, the Tigers had six of its defensive starters named to the first or second preseason all-conference team for the newspaper.
LSU opens its third season under
Les Miles on Thursday, Aug. 30 when the Tigers travel to face
1. LSU (6) 110
3. Auburn 102
10. Vanderbilt 27
11. Ole Miss 23