Breaking down Phil Steele’s 2014 preseason All-SEC teams

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Popular college football analyst Phil Steele just revealed his preseason All-SEC teams.

Steele’ magazines hit newsstands in the coming weeks, signaling summer is in full swing and college football is right around the corner. He is a fair and balanced voice in the college football world, and every school has a press release for his preseason teams. He spends countless hours accruing data and information, putting it all in his print magazine that’s due out in two weeks.

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Here’s a look at Steele’s All-SEC teams:

First-team Offense
QB Nick Marshall, Auburn
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB TJ Yeldon, Alabama
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
WR Jameon Lewis, Mississippi St
TE OJ Howard, Alabama
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OG AJ Cann, South Carolina
OG Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
OT La’el Collins, LSU
OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

First-team Defense
DL Dante Fowler, Florida
DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DL Trey Flowers, Arkansas
LB AJ Johnson, Tennessee
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
CB Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
S Landon Collins, Alabama
S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

Second-team Offense
QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
WR DeAndrew White, Alabama
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
OG Alex Kozan, Auburn
OG Vadal Alexander, LSU
OT Brandon Shell, South Carolina
OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

Second-team Defense
DL Alvin Dupree, Kentucky
DL Gabe Wright, Auburn
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn
DL Markus Golden, Missouri
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
LB Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss
LB Sharrod Golightly, South Carolina
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi St
CB Damian Swann, Georgia
CB Jonathon Mincy, Auburn
S Tony Conner, Ole Miss
S Robenson Therezie, Auburn

Third-team Offense
QB Jeff Driskel, Florida
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
WR D’haquille Williams, Auburn
WR Chris Conley, Georgia
WR Marquez North, Tennessee
TE Malcolm Johnson, Miss St
C David Andrews, Georgia
(OT) DJ Humphries, Florida
(OT) Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
OT Austin Shepherd, Alabama
OT Corey Robinson, S Carolina

Third-team Defense
DL Ray Drew, Georgia
DL Chris Jones, Mississippi St
DL JT Surratt, South Carolina
DL Jermauria Rasco, LSU
LB Kyle Woestmann, Vanderbilt
LB Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
LB Kwon Alexander, LSU
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
CB Jamerson Love, Miss St
S Brian Randolph, Tennessee
S Jalen Mills, LSU

Fourth-team Offense
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas
RB Kelvin Taylor, Florida
(RB) Leonard Fournette, LSU
WR Shaq Roland, South Carolina
WR Demarcus Robinson, Florida
TEEvan Engram, Ole Miss
C Evan Boehm, Missouri
OG Chad Slade, Auburn
OG Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M
OT Brey Cook, Arkansas
OT Darrian Miller, Kentucky

Fourth-team Defense
DL CJ Johnson, Ole Miss
DL Shane Ray, Missouri
DL Darius Philon, Arkansas
DL Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky
LB Skai Moore, South Carolina
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida
LB Denzel Devall, Alabama
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
CB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
(S) Braylon Webb, Missouri
S Jermaine Whitehead, Auburn
S Brison Williams, S Carolina

Special Teams

First-team
K Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
KR Christion Jones, Alabama
PR Christion Jones, Alabama

Second-team
K Colby Delahoussaye, LSU
P Kyle Christy, Florida
KR Andre Debose, Florida
PR Marcus Murphy, Missouri

Third team
K Elliott Fry, South Carolina
P Collin Barber, Georgia
KR Trey Williams, Texas A&M
PR Demarco Robinson, Kentucky

Fourth team
Andrew Baggett, Missouri
Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas
Devrin Young, Tennessee
De’Vante Harris, Texas A&M

Few observations:

  • Steele’s first-team offense isn’t all that surprising, and I love Jameon Lewis as one of the top receivers, along with Sammie Coates and Amari Cooper.
  • I do think Arie Kouandjio is overrated and not justified as a first-team member, and I would have absolutely included Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil on the first team. He may be the best offensive lineman in the conference for 2014.
  • How about Jeff Driskel as the third-team quarterback? The new offense should fit him much better, and I really like the pick, although it isn’t a popular one.
  • Two hyped newcomers in Auburn’s D’haquille Williams and LSU’s Leonard Fournette make preseason All-SEC teams.
  • The biggest question on the first-team defense is corner Deshazor Everett. I would say there’s a handful of corners better than Everett right now, and others will emerge during the season.
  • Perhaps the SEC’s second best corner in LSU’s Rashard Robinson didn’t even make any of the four teams. Robinson is a complete baller, and he along with Tre’Davious White could be a nasty duo.

Photo Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Thank you John, I completely agree with you about Laremy Tunsil. The kid only gave up one sack as a freshman while starting in the SEC. I also agree with you about Everett. He is didn’t look that good to me last season. I am happy to see Bo Wallace get a little love. I think one corner back to watch out for this season is Ole Miss’ Derrick Jones. He played a lot last season and he is big (6’2 190lbs). He shut down A&M’s Mike Evans last season when the Ole Miss coaches put him in just to cover Evans. He will be a sophomore this season.

  • I think Alex Collins is far better than 4th team offense.

  • Dear Phil, Maybe all your readers reside on the Auburn campus,..that’s the only explanation for how a quarterback who lead his team to be the 105th passing attack rank in the country could be on your favorite list I liked Marshall as a slight of hand man, but even at that he’s not the #1 quarterback in the SEC, or Big 12, or Pac 12, and probably more leagues. This has little to do with how Auburn will finish as a team given their scheme last year.

    • Wolf who should be the SEC 1st team QB then? Wallace? Prescott?

      • Prescott surely did his part in MState’s strong finish last year and be named so often without being a division contender last year says something. Wallace seems to get the same reviews from a lot of people. So the question is: Were injuries his only limiting factor?, or are there important other changes needed? Why did you name them W..er? And why do you think Mauk, who will hit the SEC league schedule with 7.5 games into his r.s. sophomore year, in a program that likes to feature and promote QBs to the NFL, should not be at or near the top this short list?

        • Lmao Wolf you have to be the absolute biggest homer I’ve ever met. I love it because you really are serious and because of the massive Missouri blinders you have you really can’t see why it’s ridiculous to think Mauk deserves to be on a preseason All SEC team more than Marshall, Prescott, Wallace, or even Driskell. What has Mauk done? The top 3 I listed have many accomplishments to their credit. Basically all Mauk has is the potential to be a decent QB. There are many SEC QB’s with more potential than him. Maybe he will be a success for you but maybe he wont. The only other SEC offer he had was Vandy so maybe his ceiling isn’t as high as you think. Not to mention all of his top receivers from last year are gone and he barely managed to complete 50% of his passes. Right now he is in the Driskell category, in the right situation he has the skills to be good(like 2 dozen other SEC QBs) but what has he ACTUALLY done? Not much.

        • BTW Wolf when I say biggest homer I mean that as a compliment. Not matter what the roster and circumstances would indicate to joe blow you support your team and push for your guys to be included amongst the elite whether its insane or not and I can respect that.

        • W..er, This is too much fun. Reality is this: both of the QBs who helped take their teams to the SEC championship are returning, and that’s why they should be at the top of the list. Unless they have some big flaws. I think Auburns 106th place passing attack is a flaw and keeps that qb off the top of the list. That leaves Mauk, who performed well in big games against top notch opponents. Mauk is even a better rusher. Having said that Auburn has a good roster and may not need the top QB to be a contender again. And i can’t blame you or any SEC fan that might not be knowledgeable about the Missouri quarterback development machine. The program is not trying to match up or pass by anybody else in the SEC. I think you have to know Smith, Daniels, Gabbert, Franklin, and more importantly some of the historical models like Bradly, or specialists like McMillian to know why we like coaches who will lead with these trumps. I’m not trying to homer out the other talented SEC candidates, I see why they are good at what they do too (long live SEC power). I’m saying that the winners get the benefit of the doubt, Missouri is the most recent winner of the East, put up a lot of points against AU-the NCAA voted runner up, and this is a long tradition success by position for Missouri. There is no way anyone can just dismiss this and say Missouri doesn’t have a big dog in the hunt. As always W..er, I appreciate your ideas.

  • I somewhat agree with Wolfman, I understand that Auburn was the best team in the SEC last year but I don’t think Nick Marshall carried that team. He probably has made huge leaps in the off season and we very well may see him do that this year. I am not terribly upset seeing him at first team he probably will have a very good argument for it at the end of this season.
    On the other hand Bo Wallace as second team, I don’t know. I haven’t seen anything out of that dude except in some flashes that I have seen out of just about every SEC QB that makes me think he is the second best QB in the SEC. I’d go on a whim and put Driskel there before Bo, heck I’d probably have to throw Coker or Mason pretty much sight unseen before I put Wallace there.

  • Why do you like the Driskel pick over Prescott? Driskel gets the hype every year and never lives up to it. Prescott missed 2.5 games and still had more rushing yards than Manziel and only 36 fewer than Marshall. Passing? About 250 less than Marshall on season. I know Driskel gets a new OC but what has he done? I bet Dan Mullen wouldn’t take Driskel over Prescott.

    • whoops. Meant Mullen would take Prescott over Driskel! lol

    • I agree Prescott should be getting more love in some of these rankings. Not that they have anything to do to with performance, but when it comes to getting awards at the end of the season hype has a lot to do with them sometimes.
      I think he has shown on the field that he is the number two or possibly the number one QB in the SEC I think he and Marshall given the same team would be a very tight race, and with how hard Prescott plays I think he just might come out on top.
      If Steele is going off of potential and performance (which I’m sure he is) Maty Mauk and Dylan Thompson both have ground to stand on against Driskel and Wallace.
      If I am able to pick any starting QB to have on my team from the SEC this year, luckily I’d pick the guy I’ll be rooting for anyway in Dak Attack Prescott.

  • Is Steele’s list based on previous performance or potential? Has Fournette even practiced with LSU? Don’t think guys that have never taken a college snap should be on team over returning players. Remember couple years ago Steele had Duron Carter, WR Alabama, on AllSEC like 3rd team? Not sure he ever made it to the practice field much less a game.

  • Does this have to do with team achievements or player achievements in 2013 because I don’t think Marshall should be first team instead of Wallace.

  • I think really there can be only 3 options for 1st team QB. Nick Marshall, Bo Wallace and Dak Prescott. Throwing Driskel into the mix is I think is very premature. All 3 of those guys have already outperformed what Driskel did in 2012 when he was healthy and now we are talking about a Driskel who is coming off and injury and running a new offense, neither of those handicaps has to be overcome by the other 3 guys. I think it is a very close choice between the 3 of them but let me lay out why I think Marshall beat out the other two guys. Marshall has a higher yards per attempt, touchdown percentage, and qb rating than the other two guys and he did so after being on campus for only 2 months. Wallace and Prescott had the comfort level of being in their respective systems for years prior to 2013, for that reason I expect Marshall to have more room to grow than the other two who have already been running their playbooks for years. And the final reason is Marshalls mental toughness. That kid has ice water in his veins. He doesnt get too high or low and led numerous late game comebacks in crazy situations last year and was always comfortable and calm leading like a General.

  • I’m not a fan of kids fresh out of high school being on a preseason All-SEC team. I know Fournette is a stud prospect but still he is just a prospect and brings nothing but potential to the table. Potential is cheap talk in the SEC. Being a 5star megaprospect doesn’t guarantee success. Two massive stud prospect busts that come to mind are Auburn WR Trovon Reed who never produced jack and has moved to CB for his SR season and former LSU QB/WR Russell Sheppard. There must be more deserving players than a kid who has never played in a college game. Cameron Artis Payne deserves to be All-SEC way more than Fournette, hell between JC (3400+) and D-I (600+) he already has over 4,000 rushing yards at the college level heading into his SR season this year. And there may even be someone more deserving than him I just threw him out there as an example of someone more deserving than Fournette because I am familiar with him.

  • I agree with this statement that Jeff Driskel gets to much hype and fall short I think Todd Gurley is another one who gets all the hype and falls short. and Evan Boehm what could easily be the best center in the SEC.

    • the top 3 abs in the SEC this year will be Mauk Passing, Mauk Running, and Mauk Handing-off. It’s a crime that Franklin had the statistics he had last year and was ignored by the media. I don’t give too much credit to the parts of the Missouri depth chart-coaching staff that need more improvement but I don’t want the media dis-respecting the part of the roster that was clearly part of winning the East last year.

  • As an A&M fan, I am flabbergasted that anyone on our defense would make any sort of list.

  • I believe Shaq Roland should be first team WR

  • Mike Davis could easily be first team if Todd Gurley wouldn’t get a million carries.