SEC Media Days: All-SEC teams announced, Vols snubbed?

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Updated: July 18, 2013

SEC Media Days

BIRMINGHAM—The 2013 All-SEC teams were announced this morning and the Vols landed one player on the 1st team. A.J. Johnson, the SEC’s leading returning tackler, earned a spot on the first team defense while senior Vol defensive tackle Daniel McCullers was named to the 3rd team. Tennessee safety Byron Moore, who tied for the SEC lead in interceptions last season, was not named to an All-SEC team.

The Vols are widely regarded to have the best offensive line in the conference, but didn’t land one player on the first team. No Tiny Richardson (2nd team), no Ja’Wuan James (2nd team), no Zach Fulton (3rd team), and no James Stones (3rd team).

You can count on Tiny using this apparent snub as yet another motivating force as the season approaches. Recall his comments yesterday,  “I see myself as the best lineman in the conference. I gotta give a shout-out to Cyrus (Kouandjio) and the Matthews guy from A&M, they’re great tackles, but in order to be the best you have to see yourself as the best. So I see myself as the best tackle in the conference.”

Kouandjio and Matthews were named the 1st team over Richardson, and it wasn’t really close. Are Matthews (Texas A&M) and Kouandjio (Alabama) reaping the benefits of playing for contenders? Or does the rest of the SEC just not know how spectacular Tennessee’s junior tackle is each and every time he steps on the field? Either way, my money is on Richardson proving is deserves All-SEC and All-American honors this season; after-all, he was on our All-SEC and All-American 1st teams in this year’s Football Time in Tennessee magazine.

Also, the Vols were picked 5th in the SEC East, ahead of only Kentucky and Missouri. Again, in this year’s magazine, we ranked the Vols 4th, ahead of Vanderbilt. We’ll see how the season plays out, but I have a hard to believing Tennessee will finish behind Vanderbilt any year Dooley isn’t at the helm of the Vols.

Another curious note, 243 media members voted in the All-SEC ballot, but only 223 put South Carolina sensation Jadeveon Clowney on the first team. That means 20 media members were either drunk (knowing media, this is extremely likely) or  they don’t view Clowney as one of the top four defensive linemen in the conference. I can’t figure out which scenario is more disheartening.

You can find the entire voting breakdown below.

2013 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(243 voters – most voters in SEC Media Days history / * – Ties)

OFFENSE

First-Team
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)

Second-Team
QB – AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)
RB – Tre Mason, Auburn (15)
RB – *LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)
RB – *Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)
WR – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss ( 46)
WR – Mike Evans, Texas A&M (33)
TE – Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)
OL – Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)
OL – Jon Halapio, Florida (51)
OL – Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)
OL – Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee (50)
C – Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)

Third-Team
QB – Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)
RB – *Matt Jones, Florida (5)
RB – *Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)
RB – *Alfred Blue, LSU (5)
WR – Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)
WR – Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)
TE – Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)
OL – La’el Collins, LSU (37)
OL – Josh Williford, LSU (30)
OL – Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)
OL – *A.J. Cann, South Carollina (14)
OL – *Zach Fulton, Tennessee (14)
C – *James Stone, Tennessee (30)
C – *Jonotthan Harrison, Florida (30)

DEFENSE

First-Team
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)

Second-Team
DL – Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (49)
DL – Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)
DL – Dee Ford, Auburn (38)
DL – Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)
LB – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)
LB – Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)
LB – Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)
DB – Damian Swann, Georgia (70)
DB – Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)
DB – Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)
DB – Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

Third-Team
DL – Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)
DL – Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)
DL – Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)
DL – C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)
LB – Ronald Powell, Florida (24)
LB – Tahj Jones, LSU (20)
LB – *Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)
LB – *Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)
DB – E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)
DB – Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)
DB – Jalen Mills, LSU (22)
DB – Chris Davis, Auburn (20)

SPECIALISTS

First-Team
P – Kyle Christy, Florida (108)
PK – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)
RS – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)
AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)

Second-Team
P – Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)
PK – Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)
RS – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)
AP – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

Third-Team
P – Steven Clark, Auburn (33)
PK – Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)
RS – Andre Debose, Florida (53)
AP – Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

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