All-SEC breakdown

The state of Alabama has produced a lot of Div. 1 football talent the past four years, and much of it apparently has wound up playing in the Southeastern Conference.

Although Florida is correctly recognized as the most talent-rich state in the Southeast, a whopping 15 members of the 2005 Coaches' preseason All-SEC team hail from Alabama. Georgia and Mississippi produced 11 all-league picks each. Florida, whose talent is split among the University of Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, Central Florida and a dozen surrounding states, produced nine members of the Coaches' All-SEC squad.

Louisiana produced seven All-SEC players, while South Carolina and Tennessee cranked out four apiece. Oddly, the selections from the Volunteer State include just one UT player (first-team running back Gerald Riggs Jr). The other three native Tennesseans are first-team linebacker Moses Osemwegie (Nashville) of Vanderbilt, second-team tight end Cooper Wallace (Nashville) of Auburn and third-team linebacker Patrick Willis (Bruceton) of Ole Miss.

Significantly, six of the 15 Alabama natives tabbed preseason all-league by the SEC coaches made the first team. They are offensive lineman Arron Sears (Russellville) and cornerback Jason Allen (Muscle Shoals) of Tennessee; defensive back Roman Harper (Prattville), linebackers DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) and FreddieRoach (Killen) of Alabama; defensive lineman McKinley Boykin (Bessemer) of Ole Miss.

Georgia and Florida produced four first-team picks each. Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee were responsible for two all-league selections apiece, while Mississippi, Indiana and Hawaii (UT's Jesse Mahelona) had one each.

Here's the state-by-state breakdown:

COACHES ALL-SEC TEAM

Alabama 15, Georgia 11, Mississippi 11, Florida 9, Louisiana 7, Tennessee 4, South Carolina 4, Texas 3, North Carolina 2, Indiana 1, Hawaii 1, Ohio 1, Arkansas 1, California 1.

FIRST-TEAM ONLY

Alabama 6, Georgia 4, Florida 4, Louisiana 2, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 2, Mississippi 1, Indiana 1, Hawaii 1.


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