UT tabbed 3rd in East

Reporters attending 2008 SEC Media Days like Tennessee's talent but not Tennessee's chances.

The assembled writers and broadcasters tabbed four Vols first-team all-conference – safety Eric Berry, tailback Arian Foster, linebacker Rico McCoy and guard Anthony Parker – but pegged UT to finish third in the Eastern Division.

Only Florida, with five, had more first-team all-league picks than the Big Orange. Oddly enough, though, no Vols were named to the second-team All-SEC squad.

Media overwhelmingly projected Florida to win the SEC title. The Gators got 36 of a possible 70 votes. SEC East rival Georgia picked up 16 votes and Auburn 13. National champ LSU got just one vote, as did Tennessee and Ole Miss.

Florida was an equally resounding pick to win the Eastern Division title, getting 45 votes to Georgia's 23. Tennessee picked up the other two. South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt were pegged 4-5-6.

Auburn was a popular pick in the West, perhaps due in part to the fact more writers from Alabama attend the Birmingham-based meetings than from any other state. The Tigers garnered 48 votes to LSU's 21. Alabama was pegged third, followed by Ole Miss (which got one first-place vote), Mississippi State and Arkansas.

Auburn placed nine players on either the first- or second-team All-SEC list. LSU had eight. Five each showed up from Bama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Surprisingly, there were no unanimous All-SEC picks. Most surprising of all, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida got just 64 of a possible 70 votes as the all-league quarterback.


Pos.    Name           School           Ht.     Wt.     Cl.     Hometown

TE      Cornelius Ingram (56) Florida   6-4     223  Sr.  Hawthorne, Fla.

OL      Andre Smith (64)    Alabama   6-5     340   Jr.   Birmingham, Ala.

OL      Michael Oher (64)    Ole Miss  6-5     318   Sr.   Memphis, Tenn.  

OL      Anthony Parker (56) Tennessee  6-3     305   Sr.   Jonesboro, Ga.

OL      Herman Johnson (45)  LSU  6-7    351   Sr.  Olla, La.

C     Jonathan Luigs (58) Arkansas  6-4     314     Sr.     Little Rock, Ark.

WR      Percy Harvin (68)   Florida 5-11 178   Jr.  Virginia Beach, Va.

WR      Kenny McKinley (46)  S. Carolina  6-0     182  Sr.  Mableton, Ga.

QB      Tim Tebow (64)  Florida   6-3     232   Jr.   Jacksonville, Fla.

RB      Knowshon Moreno (68)  Georgia  5-11    207   So.   Belford, N.J.

RB      Arian Foster (50)  Tennessee  6-1     215   Sr.   San Diego, Calif.


Pos.    Name                 School           Ht.     Wt.     Cl.     Hometown

DL      Greg Hardy (53)   Ole Miss   6-4     265   Jr.  Millington, Tenn.

DL      Tyson Jackson (52)   LSU   6-5     292   Sr.   Edgard, La.

DL      Sen'Derrick Marks (45) Auburn   6-1     288   Jr.  Mobile, Ala.

LB      Brandon Spikes (65)  Florida     6-3     245   Jr.   Shelby, N.C.

LB      Rico McCoy (46)  Tennessee  6-1     215    Jr.   Washington, D.C.

LB      Jasper Brinkley (41) S. Carolina  6-2  275   Sr.  Thomson, Ga.

LB      #Darry Beckwith (40)   LSU   6-1     232   Sr.  Baton Rouge, La.

LB     # Dannell Ellerbe (40)   Georgia  6-1     232   Sr.   Hamlet, N.C.

DB      Derek Pegues (60)  Miss. State  5-10    196   Sr.   Batesville, Miss.

DB      Eric Berry (56)  Tennessee    5-11    195   So.  Fairburn, Ga.

DB      D.J. Moore (46)   Vanderbilt  5-10    182  Jr.  Spartanburg, S.C.

DB      Rashad Johnson (43) Alabama  6-0     187  Sr.  Sulligent, Ala.


Pos.    Name          School      Ht.     Wt.     Cl.     Hometown

PK      Colt David (41)  LSU   5-9     175   Sr.  Grapevine, Texas

P       Ryan Shoemaker (40) Auburn   6-0     192    So.   Birmingham, Ala.

RS      Brandon James (35)  Florida    5-6     179    Jr.  St. Augustine, Fla.


Eastern Division

        School  Votes

1.      Florida (45)    98

2.      Georgia (23)    121

3.      Tennessee (2)   222

4.      South Carolina  266

5.      Kentucky        356

6.      Vanderbilt      407

Western Division

1.      Auburn (48)     99

2.      LSU (21)        120

3.      Alabama         228

4.      Mississippi State 299

5.      Ole Miss (1)    338

6.      Arkansas        386

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