SEC lands 18 players on Sporting News’ Preseason All-American teams

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Eighteen different SEC players were selected as Preseason All-Americans, according to Sporting News.

Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Alabama’s TJ Yeldon and Auburn’s Reese Dismukes help headline the first-team All-Americans, while the conference landed four defensive players on the first team. Is it shocking that none of them were defensive linemen?

RELATED: Sporting News ranked 8 SEC teams in preseason top 25

In total, 18 different SEC players received first-, second- or third-team Preseason All-American honors.

Here’s a look at the first team:

Offense
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB TJ Yeldon, Alabama
WR Nelson Agholor, USC
WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
WR/TE Devin Funchess, Michigan
OL Cameron Erving, FSU
OL Andrus Peat, Stanford
OL Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OL Tre Jackson, FSU
OL Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Defense
DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DE Vic Beasley, Clemson
DT Leonard Williams, USC
DT Danny Shelton, Washington
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olmu, Oregon
S Landon Collins, Alabama
S Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

Specialists
P Austin Rehkow, Idaho
PR Ryan Switzer, UNC
K Roberto Aguayo, FSU
KR Ty Montgomery, Stanford

Here are the second- and third-team SEC players:

2nd team
OL Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
DE Dante Fowler, Florida
DT Brandon Ivory, Alabama
S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

3rd team
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
OL John Theus, Georgia
DT Montravious Adams, Auburn
LB AJ Johnson, Tennessee

You can view the entire preseason All-Americans here.

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Missouri’s Boehm-center, and Mauk-qb

  • I still don’t understand why the media thinks there’s that much of a gap between Gurley and Mike Davis.

    • Matt, why do you think the media thinks there’s much of a gap between Gurley and Davis? The media has Gurley as one of the top two running backs in the country and Davis, as a third team RB which would make him No. five or six. That means they are two of the top six out of hundreds of running backs in the NCAA. I think Davis is getting plenty of respect.

      • It is still an honor to be on a list like that, even as 3rd team. But Davis isn’t coming off of an injury leaving us all to wonder whether he’ll return to “Freshman Phenom” status. I remember watching Lattimore, and he played one game at the level that he played as a freshman: the game against Tennessee where he got injured for the second time. It just takes a lot to get back to the top of your game, and everybody’s assuming Gurley is back there already. I’m not fully convinced, but time will tell.

        • Gurley’s knew also didn’t get blow out by practically 12 million ways…

        • That’s true. And I guess with coaching staff resting him a bit as he recovered, he wasn’t going to pull insane numbers. I don’t know. Like I said, I just not fully convinced he’s the best there is. Among the best, yes. But like I said, time will tell.

  • LSU hasn’t had many players on these pre-season list the past few years, yet they’ve had 18 players drafted in the last 2.