Athlon Sports unveils preseason All-SEC teams

NCAA Football: Ole Miss at LSU

Athlon Sports rolled out their Preseason All-SEC teams for 2014.

Alabama led the way with seven different players on the first teams, and Ole Miss was second with four total players.

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Here’s a look at the first teams, and you can view the others at AthlonSports.com:

First-team offense
QB Nick Marshall, Auburn
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB TJ Yeldon, Alabama
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
TE OJ Howard, Alabama
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OG AJ Cann, South Carolina
OG Alex Kozan, Auburn
OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

First-team defense
DE Dante Fowler, Florida
DE A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama
LB AJ Johnson, Tennessee
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
S Landon Collins, Alabama
S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

Special teams
K Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
KR Christion Jones, Alabama
PR Christion Jones, Alabama

Where did Athlon get it wrong?

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  • Seriously would love to see these players as a team play ANY other group conference team.

  • Jones and Nkemdiche on the same defense would be a literal nightmare for any Offense in the nation!

  • Nice to see Ole Miss with the second most (I believe) players with 4. The best part, though, is that three of them are still sophomores.

    • Yep, I just glad that Laremy Tunsil is on the first team OL. He is probably the most talented OT in college, but he is just less experienced.

    • I think the reason Tony Conner isn’t on this list is because of the position he plays. He is a hybrid LB/S. So there isn’t a position for him to play on this defense.

  • Athlon couldn’t find just ONE friggin’ Mizzou player to put on the list?? Cool! More bulletin board material in ZouLand. Young Tiger QB Maty Mauk is going to turn heads this fall!

    • Yes Mauk will turn heads this year to people who did not watch the SEC closely but this being only a first team list it is no surprise that he is not listed

    • Mizzou has players on the 2nd 3rd and 4th teams. We didn’t have any on the first team on anybody’s list last year. But we did alright at the end of the year. And that’s really when it counts and when accolades have substance.

    • Before Athlon can start making good All-League teams they will have to hire a writer who understands football like the men who coach/make these players performers. If you can’t find a 1st team player on a team that won a league division you are probably not writing from your own personal understanding of the game

  • TJ Yeldon isn’t even the best RB in the Bama backfield.

  • Athlon has been covering Sports since 1967. I think they’re watching pretty close whats happening in the SEC. Their ‘opinion’ can be debated but they haven’t been on business for 45 years cause they ain’t watching. A QB that’s played in a few SEC games probably isn’t gonna be ranked above one that went to the NCG or even upper classman like Bo Wallace or even Mason at Georgia.

    • What else happened around 1967? Ok, there was that jet backpack we saw in the superbowl, that we were all supposed to be going to work in everyday. Ok, well maybe there isn’t anything magic about doing something for 47 years vs. 100 years or maybe just 10 quality years. Just read a half dozen Athlon projections. They always have the same favorites and ignore the same, and their picks are not always influenced by actual results. No shocking revelation here, other writers do it, but really good sportswriters don’t need a crystal ball to get people interested in the best college game ever, or the best league ever. For the football interested readers out here the interesting story lines based on reality are everywhere. On this particular question, we’ve seen enough of a certain number of quarterbacks to know the difference between a political salute to a readership vs. how they actually achieved results last year. On the other hand, to be fair, there are a number of QBs we really don’t know how to rank for 2014. These include injured QBs who have healed up. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion even the ones that are 100% keep the same readers. My opinion is that one of the QBs they left off the list will be #1, #2, or #3, in both passing yards and rushing yards, and that nobody else will achieve that.