Coaches All-SEC team announced: UGA linebackers Floyd, Herrera ignored


Thursday, the SEC released the annual Coaches preseason All-SEC team.  As a fan, I’ve learned over time to not pay as much attention to these lists as I used to.

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Maybe when head coaches had the ability to sit down and actually take the time to choose one of these lists themselves, I trusted a little bit more.  Now, most of us know that, an Associate Athletic Director or some other person in the administration is most likely the person scribbling down a few names to appease the media.

The SEC West dominates the list, with 19 of the 26 first team coming from the Western Division of the conference.  Over the first to third teams, the Georgia Bulldogs placed 8 players on the list.

The coaches list includes one Dawg from each phase of the game, offense, defense and special teams. Todd Gurley is no surprise as a first team running back and neither are Ramik Wilson at linebacker or Marshall Morgan placekicking, after a bounce back year from an inconsistent frosh campaign.

On the second team, the Dawgs place an offensive player in John Theus, who is in a tie with two other offensive linemen on the team. Even after what some fans feel was a disappointing junior season, cornerback Damian Swann was chosen by the coaches on the second team.  With the simplified defense of Jeremy Pruitt, Dawg fans are hoping that the secondary can act more as a unit and will let Swann show more of the promise of his sophomore campaign.

Lastly, even after a devastating knee injury suffered in the Tennessee game, Keith Marshall was named to the coaches third team.   If he can regain his form and stay healthy, he will be an important cog in Mike Bobo’s offense. The junior’s attention to blocking on passing downs may prove essential to help quarterback Hutson Mason‘s transition to a full time starter.

Here is the full Coaches All-SEC Team:

First Team ALL-SEC Offense

TE O.J. Howard Alabama
OL La’el Collins LSU
OL Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M
OL Arie Kouandjio Alabama
OL Laremy Tunsil Ole Miss
C Reese Dismukes Auburn
WR Amari Cooper Alabama
WR Sammie Coates Auburn
QB Nick Marshall Auburn
RB Todd Gurley Georgia
RB Mike Davis South Carolina
AP Christion Jones Alabama

First Team ALL-SEC Defense

DL Dante Fowler, Jr. Florida
DL Robert Nkemdiche Ole Miss
DL Trey Flowers Arkansas
DL A’Shawn Robinson Alabama
LB Trey DePriest Alabama
LB A.J. Johnson Tennessee
LB Ramik Wilson Georgia
DB Landon Collins Alabama
DB Vernon Hargreaves III Florida
DB Cody Prewitt Ole Miss
DB Deshazor Everett Texas A&M

First Team ALL-SEC Special Teams

PK Marshall Morgan Georgia
P Drew Kaser Texas A&M
RS Christion Jones Alabama

Second Team ALL-SEC Offense

TE C.J. Uzomah Auburn
OL A.J. Cann South Carolina
OL Vadal Alexander LSU
OL Corey Robinson South Carolina
OL Chaz Green* Florida
OL Alex Kozan* Auburn
OL John Theus* Georgia
C Evan Boehm Missouri
WR Laquon Treadwell Ole Miss
WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia
QB Bo Wallace Ole Miss
RB T.J. Yeldon Alabama
RB Alex Collins Arkansas
AP Terrence Magee LSU

Second Team ALL-SEC Defense

DL Chris Jones Mississippi State
DL Gabe Wright Auburn
DL Alvin Dupree Kentucky
DL Markus Golden Missouri
LB Jordan Jenkins Georgia
LB Benardick McKinney Mississippi State
LB Kwon Alexander LSU
DB Damian Swann Georgia
DB Tre’Davious White LSU
DB Jon Mincy* Auburn
DB Tony Conner* Ole Miss
DB Corey Thompson* LSU

Second Team ALL-SEC Special Teams

PK Colby Delahoussaye LSU
P Sam Irwin-Hill Arkansas
RS Pharoh Cooper South Carolina

Third Team ALL-SEC Offense

TE Hunter Henry Arkansas
OL Chad Slade Auburn
OL Austin Shepherd Alabama
OL Brandon Shell South Carolina
OL Jarvis Harrison* Texas A&M
OL Mike Matthews* Texas A&M
OL DJ Humphries* Florida
C Ryan Kelly Alabama
WR Jameon Lewis Mississippi State
WR Marquez North Tennessee
QB Dak Prescott Mississippi State
RB Keith Marshall Georgia
RB Matt Jones* Florida
RB Jonathan Williams* Arkansas
AP Pharoh Cooper South Carolina

Third Team ALL-SEC Defense

DL Montravius Adams Auburn
DL Jermauria Rasco LSU
DL J.T. Surratt South Carolina
DL Danielle Hunter LSU
LB Serderius Bryant Ole Miss
LB Denzel Nkemdiche Ole Miss
LB Antonio Morrison Ole Miss
DB Robenson Therezie Auburn
DB Rashard Robinson LSU
DB Brison Williams South Carolina
DB Jamerson Love Mississippi State

Third Team ALL-SEC Special Teams

PK Andrew Baggett Missouri
P Jamie Keehn LSU
P Taylor Hudson Vanderbilt
RS Andre Debose Florida

Yeah…the coaches (or their delegates) missed it by thiiiiiiiis much.

Photo by Brad Hodnett, all rights reserved

In the blogger’s department of “How could you miss this guy?”,  I have been on the Amarlo Herrera bandwagon for the entire preseason.  The senior middle linebacker has a ton of tackles and makes all the calls for the defense. As many times as he had to tell Georgia’s young defensive backfield what to do, I’m surprised he ever got to see the ball snapped.

I have a strange feeling we may see him on some of the postseason lists. Also landing in that department is super sophomore, Leonard Floyd. All the guy did was make big and game changing type plays last season.  Heck, he is a Phil Steele third team All-American selection. Like Herrera, I think you may see him on the coaches post season squad.