It’s finally that time of the year. SEC Media Days in Birmingham generally indicate that the coming season is just around the corner. Today, coaches/sports information directors from around the conference voted on the 2010 Preseason All-SEC First and Second Teams. As always, there were plenty of snubs to go around. You can view both teams here.
Who’s there? First of all, congratulations to first teamers AJ Greene, Clint Boiling, Drew Butler, and Blair Walsh and to second teamers Brandon Boykin and Cordy Glenn.
Who’s missing? If you’re a Georgia fan you’re probably looking for RB Washaun Ealey and C Ben Jones on offense. Ealey exploded in the second half of the season last year, but couldn’t crack the top four running back spots on the preseason teams…and really, it’s difficult to suggest that anybody ahead of him should come off the list to make room for him. At the end of the day, Ealey has the 6th most returning rushing yards in the conference, he only scored a single touchdown against a BCS opponent in ’09, and there were only four spots available.
Who else? In my opinion, the two biggest snubs are LB Justin Houston of our very own Bulldogs and WR Greg Childs of Arkansas. Houston has the most returning sacks and the most tackles for loss in the league and he only played in 10 games! That’s highway robbery. Maybe coaches weren’t sure how he’d fit into the new 3-4 scheme, but he seems like the prototypical OLB. Childs didn’t get robbed quite like Houston, but he was still snubbed. He had more touchdowns than all but one receiver on both teams and more receiving yards than all but two receivers.
Which brings me to my next point…Julio Jones – perception is still greater than reality with this guy. He gets a ton of credit for being an effective downfield blocker, but his numbers just don’t match up well with the other guys on the list. It’s still all about potential for him.
n We have the best special teams unit in the conference…and I’m not at all happy that Florida has the second.
n That Alabama offense has the potential to be really good next year. Out of their 9 selections, 6 were on the offensive side of the football.
n Who didn’t vote for Tim Tebow!!!!??? Just kidding.