SEC coaches name Manziel to second team; two Kentucky players honored

August 22, 2013 

  • Total selections

    How many players each school had named to the coaches' All-SEC teams:

    Alabama 16 Miss. State 6

    Georgia 8 Missouri 5

    LSU 8 Texas A&M 4

    Florida 7 Vanderbilt 4

    Tennessee 7 Arkansas 4

    So. Carolina 6 Auburn 6

    Mississippi 6 Kentucky 2

  • Pre-season All-SEC teams

    First Team

    Offense

    QBAaron Murray, Georgia

    RBTodd Gurley, Georgia

    RBT.J. Yeldon, Alabama

    WRAmari Cooper, Alabama

    WRJordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

    TEArthur Lynch, Georgia

    OLJake Matthews, Texas A&M

    OLCyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

    OLGabe Jackson, Mississippi State

    OLAntonio Richardson, Tennessee

    CTravis Swanson, Arkansas

    DEFENSE

    DLJadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

    DLDominique Easley, Florida

    DLAnthony Johnson, LSU

    DLChris Smith, Arkansas

    LBC.J. Mosley, Alabama

    LBA.J. Johnson, Tennessee

    LBDenzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi

    DBHa Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

    DBCraig Loston, LSU

    DBAndre Hal, Vanderbilt

    DBLoucheiz Purifoy, Florida

    Special teams

    PKCarey Spear, Vanderbilt

    PKyle Christy, Florida

    RSOdell Beckham Jr., LSU

    APBruce Ellington, South Carolina

    Second Team

    Offense

    QBJohnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    RBLaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

    RBTre Mason, Auburn

    WRMike Evans, Texas A&M

    WRDonte Moncrief, Mississippi

    TERory Anderson, South Carolina

    OLAnthony Steen, Alabama

    OLJa'Wuan James, Tennessee

    OLWesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

    OLx-A.J. Cann, South Carolina

    OLx-Chris Burnette, Georgia

    OLx-Zach Fulton, Tennessee

    OLx-Jon Halapio, Florida

    CReese Dismukes, Auburn

    Defense

    DLKelcy Quarles, South Carolina

    DLDaniel McCullers, Tennessee

    DLx-Ed Stinson, Alabama

    DLx-Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

    DLx-Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

    LBLamin Barrow, LSU

    LBJordan Jenkins, Georgia

    LBAdrian Hubbard, Alabama

    DBDamian Swann, Georgia

    DBMarcus Roberson, Florida

    DBE.J. Gaines, Missouri

    DBDeion Belue, Alabama

    Special teams

    PKCody Parkey, Auburn

    Px-Tyler Campbell, Mississippi

    Px-Cody Mandell, Alabama

    Px-Steven Clark, Auburn

    RSMarcus Murphy, Missouri

    APOdell Beckham Jr., LSU

    Third Team

    Offense

    QBAJ McCarron, Alabama

    RBAlfred Blue, LSU

    RBKeith Marshall, Georgia

    WRx-Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

    WRx-Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

    WRx-Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

    TEx-Brian Vogler, Alabama

    TEx-C.J. Uzomah, Auburn

    OLLa'el Collins, LSU

    OLDavid Hurd, Arkansas

    OLJustin Britt, Missouri

    OLAaron Morris, Mississippi

    CJames Stone, Tennessee

    Defense

    DLx-Dee Ford, Auburn

    DLx-C.J. Johnson, Mississippi

    DLx-Ronald Powell, Florida

    DLx-Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

    DLx-Denico Autry, Mississippi State

    LBAvery Williamson, Kentucky

    LBBenardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

    LBx-Ronald Powell, Florida

    LBx-Trey DePriest, Alabama

    DBDeshazor Everett, Texas A&M

    DBNickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

    DBVinnie Sunseri, Alabama

    DBCharles Sawyer, Mississippi

    Special teams

    PKx-Andrew Baggett, Missouri

    PKx-Zach Hocker, Arkansas

    PMichael Palardy, Tennessee

    RSBruce Ellington, South Carolina

    APLaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

    x-Tied in the voting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches apparently don't think Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the league's best quarterback.

The coaches rated the Texas A&M quarterback as the pre-season second-team selection on the teams released by the league on Thursday. Georgia's Aaron Murray was the first-team choice while Alabama's AJ McCarron received third-team honors.

Two Kentucky players received SEC honors: junior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree and senior linebacker Avery Williamson were named to the third team.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility.

Manziel's lawyer has said he believes the quarterback will play in Texas A&M's season opener against Rice on Aug. 31 even if an NCAA investigation isn't finished, but that decision could ultimately be the Aggies'.

The cloud over his eligibility might have had something to do with Manziel's downgrade. He was the first-team pick by league media before those allegations surfaced.

All three quarterbacks put up big stats, but Manziel had an unprecedented season in the SEC, even one-upping 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton of Auburn. He led the league with 1,410 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and also passed for 3,706 yards and 26 scores.

Manziel is the first player in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Murray also has put up impressive numbers.

He is the first quarterback in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons, throwing for a school-record 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while being intercepted 10 times.

Murray already holds the school career marks for touchdown passes with 95 and touchdowns responsible for (104).

McCarron led the nation in passing efficiency with 30 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.

Alabama led the way with five first-team picks and 16 selections overall.

LSU and Georgia both had eight make one of the teams, while Florida and Tennessee had seven each.

Murray and McCarron might have better supporting casts among the skill positions, at least according to the coaches' picks.

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley and tight end Arthur Lynch are both first-teamers. So are Crimson Tide tailback T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Jake Matthews, who protects Manziel's blind side at left tackle, also made the first team.

Defensively, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a first-team pick. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix were also among those selected.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. And the SEC didn't release the ballots or vote totals.

Kentucky's Dupree, who will play defensive end this season after splitting time at defensive end and linebacker his first two seasons at UK, finished in the top 10 in the SEC in tackles (91), quarterback sacks (6.5) and tackles-for-loss (12.5) last season while starting all 12 games.

Williamson is the Wildcats' returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 135 tackles last season.


Pre-season All-SEC teams

First Team

Offense

QBAaron Murray, Georgia

RBTodd Gurley, Georgia

RBT.J. Yeldon, Alabama

WRAmari Cooper, Alabama

WRJordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

TEArthur Lynch, Georgia

OLJake Matthews, Texas A&M

OLCyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OLGabe Jackson, Mississippi State

OLAntonio Richardson, Tennessee

CTravis Swanson, Arkansas

DEFENSE

DLJadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DLDominique Easley, Florida

DLAnthony Johnson, LSU

DLChris Smith, Arkansas

LBC.J. Mosley, Alabama

LBA.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LBDenzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi

DBHa Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DBCraig Loston, LSU

DBAndre Hal, Vanderbilt

DBLoucheiz Purifoy, Florida

Special teams

PKCarey Spear, Vanderbilt

PKyle Christy, Florida

RSOdell Beckham Jr., LSU

APBruce Ellington, South Carolina

Second Team

Offense

QBJohnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RBLaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

RBTre Mason, Auburn

WRMike Evans, Texas A&M

WRDonte Moncrief, Mississippi

TERory Anderson, South Carolina

OLAnthony Steen, Alabama

OLJa'Wuan James, Tennessee

OLWesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

OLx-A.J. Cann, South Carolina

OLx-Chris Burnette, Georgia

OLx-Zach Fulton, Tennessee

OLx-Jon Halapio, Florida

CReese Dismukes, Auburn

Defense

DLKelcy Quarles, South Carolina

DLDaniel McCullers, Tennessee

DLx-Ed Stinson, Alabama

DLx-Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

DLx-Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

LBLamin Barrow, LSU

LBJordan Jenkins, Georgia

LBAdrian Hubbard, Alabama

DBDamian Swann, Georgia

DBMarcus Roberson, Florida

DBE.J. Gaines, Missouri

DBDeion Belue, Alabama

Special teams

PKCody Parkey, Auburn

Px-Tyler Campbell, Mississippi

Px-Cody Mandell, Alabama

Px-Steven Clark, Auburn

RSMarcus Murphy, Missouri

APOdell Beckham Jr., LSU

Third Team

Offense

QBAJ McCarron, Alabama

RBAlfred Blue, LSU

RBKeith Marshall, Georgia

WRx-Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

WRx-Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WRx-Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

TEx-Brian Vogler, Alabama

TEx-C.J. Uzomah, Auburn

OLLa'el Collins, LSU

OLDavid Hurd, Arkansas

OLJustin Britt, Missouri

OLAaron Morris, Mississippi

CJames Stone, Tennessee

Defense

DLx-Dee Ford, Auburn

DLx-C.J. Johnson, Mississippi

DLx-Ronald Powell, Florida

DLx-Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

DLx-Denico Autry, Mississippi State

LBAvery Williamson, Kentucky

LBBenardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LBx-Ronald Powell, Florida

LBx-Trey DePriest, Alabama

DBDeshazor Everett, Texas A&M

DBNickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

DBVinnie Sunseri, Alabama

DBCharles Sawyer, Mississippi

Special teams

PKx-Andrew Baggett, Missouri

PKx-Zach Hocker, Arkansas

PMichael Palardy, Tennessee

RSBruce Ellington, South Carolina

APLaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

x-Tied in the voting


Total selections

How many players each school had named to the coaches' All-SEC teams:

Alabama 16 Miss. State 6

Georgia 8 Missouri 5

LSU 8 Texas A&M 4

Florida 7 Vanderbilt 4

Tennessee 7 Arkansas 4

So. Carolina 6 Auburn 6

Mississippi 6 Kentucky 2

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