One thing is for sure coming out of SEC Media Days; the Tide is the heavy favorite to once again win the league.
The annual preseason projections and all-conference teams were announced today. With 16 Alabama players making preseason teams, it was hard not to notice the crimson tint.
Alabama is projected to win the SEC with 182 votes; Georgia who fell just five yards short last season is projected behind the Tide with only 38 votes. South Carolina is projected at 3rd, they received 18 votes, Texas A&M 4, and one person voted for LSU.
Auburn under new head coach Gus Malzahn is projected to finish 5th in the west. Here's a breakdown of the east/west projections.
Georgia (149) - 1570
South Carolina (75) - 1474
Florida (19) - 1300
Vanderbilt - 858
Tennessee - 694
Missouri - 577
Kentucky - 331
Alabama (225) - 1681
Texas A&M (11) - 1333
LSU (7) - 1324
Ole Miss - 883
Auburn - 579
Mississippi State - 516
Arkansas – 488
Alabama led the SEC with 7 players listed on the first team offense and defense. Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and C.J. Mosley were also the top two vote getters on offense and defense.
First-Team All-SEC Offense:
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)
TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)
OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)
OL - Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)
OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)
First-Team All-SEC Defense:
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)
DL - Dominique Easley, Florida (162)
DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)
DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94)
DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)
DB - Craig Loston, LSU (135)
DB - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)
DB - Deion Belue, Alabama (77)
Alabama had seven players listed on the 2nd team all conference including: AJ McCarron, Xzavier Dickson, Ed Stinson, Jeoffrey Pagan, Adrian Hubbard, Vinnie Sunseri, and Cody Mandell
Auburn had four players making the 2nd team including: Dee Ford, Tre Mason, Reese Dismukes, and Cody Parkey.
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