BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 12, 2012) – Defending national champion Alabama and defending Southeastern Conference champion LSU each have 11 players named to the 2012 Southeastern Conference pre-season Coaches All-SEC Team, the league announced Thursday.
The Tigers have a league-high seven players named to the first-team, three on the second-team and one on the third-team. The Crimson Tide have four players selected to the first-team, four on the second-team and three on the third-team.
Arkansas is third with 10 total players selected, four on the first-team and three on each of the second and third teams.
This marks the ninth straight year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Tuesday through Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
12 of the 14 SEC Schools had a representative on the first-team and every school had at least two players named to one of the three units.
There are nine first-team pre-season selections that were on last year's first-team coaches All-SEC post-season team. Those include: OL Barrett Jones (Alabama); OL Alex Hurst (LSU); QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas); DL Sam Montgomery (LSU); DL Corey Lemonier (Auburn); LB Jarvis Jones (Georgia); DB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU); DB Bacarri Rambo (Georgia); and, PK Caleb Sturgis (Florida).
The All-SEC first-team squad had 12 seniors and 16 underclassmen, including 14 juniors and two sophomores. The second-team had 17 seniors, 10 juniors and one sophomore. The third-team had 16 seniors, 12 juniors and three sophomores.
Among last year's SEC national award recipients on this year's team are Alabama center Barrett Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy recipient and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, the 2011 Bednarik Award winner. Jones, Mathieu, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, Georgia defensive back Bacarri Rambo, LSU punter Brad Wing and Florida placekicker Caleb Sturgis were first-team All-Americans last season and are on this season's pre-season coaches All-SEC Team. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a first-team Freshman All-America last season.
The 2012 SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team is listed below:
QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas 6-3 220 Sr. Greenwood, Ark.
RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 6-0 218 Jr. Duncan, S.C.
RB Knile Davis Arkansas 6-0 226 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
WR Da'Rick Rogers Tennessee 6-3 215 Jr. Calhoun, Ga.
WR *Cobi Hamilton Arkansas 6-3 209 Sr. Texarkana, Texas
WR *Ryan Swope Texas A&M 6-0 206 Sr. Austin, Texas
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 6-5 256 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
OL Alex Hurst LSU 6-6 340 Sr. Bartlett, Tenn.
OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
OL D.J. Fluker Alabama 6-6 335 Jr. Foley, Ala.
OL Larry Warford Kentucky 6-3 343 Sr. Richmond, Ky.
C Barrett Jones Alabama 6-5 311 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.
QB Aaron Murray Georgia 6-1 211 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
RB Eddie Lacy Alabama 6-0 220 Jr. Geismar, La.
RB Zac Stacy Vanderbilt 5-9 210 Sr. Centreville, Ala.
WR Justin Hunter Tennessee 6-4 200 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
WR *Emory Blake Auburn 6-2 197 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR *Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU 5-11 183 So. New Orleans, La.
WR *La'Rod King Kentucky 6-4 222 Sr. Radcliff, Ky.
TE Chris Gragg Arkansas 6-3 236 Sr. Warren, Ark.
OL Alvin Bailey Arkansas 6-5 312 Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL Chance Warmack Alabama 6-3 320 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
OL Chris Faulk LSU 6-6 325 Jr. Slidell, La.
OL Gabe Jackson Miss. State 6-4 320 Jr. Liberty, Miss.
C T.J. Johnson South Carolina 6-6 319 Sr. Aynor, S.C.
QB A.J. McCarron Alabama 6-4 205 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
RB Spencer Ware LSU 5-11 223 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Christine Michael Texas A&M 5-11 220 Sr. Beaumont, Texas
WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia 6-1 184 So. Valdosta, Ga.
WR T.J. Moe Missouri 6-0 200 Sr. O'Fallon, Mo.
TE Michael Williams Alabama 6-6 269 Sr. Reform, Ala.
OL Jake Matthews Texas A&M 6-5 305 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
OL Dallas Thomas Tennessee 6-5 305 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
OL Xavier Nixon Florida 6-6 309 Sr. Fayetteville, N.C.
OL Elvis Fisher Missouri 6-5 295 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
C Travis Swanson Arkansas 6-5 305 Jr. Kingwood, Texas
DL Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 6-6 256 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Sam Montgomery LSU 6-4 245 Jr. Greenwood, S.C.
DL Corey Lemonier Auburn 6-4 240 Jr. Hialeah, Fla.
DL Barkevious Mingo LSU 6-5 240 Jr. West Monroe, La.
ILB *C.J. Mosley Alabama 6-2 234 Jr. Theodore, Ala.
ILB *Nico Johnson Alabama 6-3 245 Sr. Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones Georgia 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter Texas A&M 6-2 230 Sr. Schertz, Texas
DB Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
DB Bacarri Rambo Georgia 6-0 218 Sr. Donalsonville, Ga.
DB Eric Reid LSU 6-2 208 Jr. Geismar, La.
DB Johnthan Banks Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
DL John Jenkins Georgia 6-3 351 Sr. Meriden, Conn.
DL Devin Taylor South Carolina 6-8 267 Sr. Beaufort, S.C.
DL Jesse Williams Alabama 6-4 319 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
DL Sharrif Floyd Florida 6-3 305 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
ILB Jon Bostic Florida 6-1 243 Sr. Wellington, Fla.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith Arkansas 6-1 233 Sr. Missouri City, Texas
OLB DeVonte Holloman South Carolina 6-2 241 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
DB Robert Lester Alabama 6-2 210 Sr. Foley, Ala.
DB D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB Prentiss Waggner Tennessee 6-2 185 Sr. Clinton, La.
DB Matt Elam Florida 5-10 210 Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
DL Josh Boyd Miss. State 6-3 300 Sr. Philadelphia, Miss.
DL *Dominique Easley Florida 6-2 286 Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
DL *Abry Jones Georgia 6-3 309 Sr. Warner Robins, Ga.
DL *Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6-4 250 Jr. Rowlett, Texas
DL *Rob Lohr Vanderbilt 6-4 290 Sr. Phoenixville, Pa.
ILB *Alec Ogletree Georgia 6-3 236 Jr. Newnan, Ga.
ILB *Daren Bates Auburn 5-11 211 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
ILB *Jelani Jenkins Florida 6-0 233 Jr. Olney, Md.
OLB Zaviar Gooden Missouri 6-2 230 Sr. Pflugerville, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson Tennessee 6-3 245 So. Gainesville, Ga.
DB Dee Milliner Alabama 6-1 196 Jr. Millbrook, Ala.
DB Charles Sawyer Ole Miss 5-11 175 Jr. Miami, Fla.
DB Akeem Auguste South Carolina 5-9 188 Sr. Hollywood, Fla.
DB *E.J. Gaines Missouri 5-10 190 Jr. Independence, Mo.
DB *Sanders Commings Georgia 6-2 217 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
P Brad Wing LSU 6-3 184 So. Melbourne, Australia
PK Caleb Sturgis Florida 5-11 187 Sr. St. Augustine, Fla.
RS Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
AP Dennis Johnson Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Texarkana, Ark.
P Steven Clark Auburn 6-5 235 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
PK Drew Alleman LSU 5-11 183 Sr. Lafayette, La.
RS Andre Debose Florida 5-11 186 Jr. Sanford, Fla.
AP Johnthan Banks Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
P *Dylan Breeding Arkansas 6-1 211 Sr. Hoover, Ala
P *Tyler Campbell Ole Miss 6-2 220 Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
PK Zach Hocker Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Russellville, Ark.
RS Dustin Harris Texas A&M 6-0 175 Sr. Livingston, Texas
AP Bruce Ellington South Carolina 5-9 197 So. Moncks Corner, S.C.
* - Ties