Evaluating the RTI All-SEC Selections

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    HOOVER, Ala. – The official All-SEC teams and predicted order of finish will be released at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

    We got our ballot in on Tuesday and wanted to share it with you. Agree? Disagree? We know it’s an inexact science and would love to hear your opinions in the forum.

    1st Team Offense

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

    1st Team Defense

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

    2nd Team Offense

    QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss
    RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama
    RB Keith Marshall – Georgia
    WR Jameon Lewis – Mississippi State
    WR Marquez North – Tennessee
    TE Evan Engram – Ole Miss
    OL Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss
    OL Chaz Green – Florida
    OL Brandon Shell – South Carolina
    OL Alex Kozan – Auburn
    C Ryan Kelly – Alabama

    2nd Team Defense

    DL Gabe Wright – Auburn
    DL Bud Dupree – Kentucky
    DL Jermauria Rasco – LSU
    DL Markus Golden – Missouri
    LB Bernardrick McKinney – Mississippi State
    LB Leonard Floyd – Georgia
    LB Antonio Morrison – Florida
    DB Cameron Sutton – Tennessee
    DB Damian Swann – Georgia
    DB Tony Conner – Ole Miss
    DB Jon Mincy – Auburn

    Placekicker:

    1. Marshall Morgan – Georgia
    2. Devon Bell – Mississippi State

    Punter:

    1. Drew Kaser – Texas A&M
    2. Sam Irwin-Hill – Arkansas

    Return specialist

    1. Christion Jones – Alabama
    2. Marcus Murphy – Missouri

    All-purpose:

    1. Christion Jones – Alabama
    2. Terrence Magee – LSU

    Eastern Division Prediction

    1. South Carolina
    2. Georgia
    3. Florida
    4. Missouri
    5. Tennessee
    6. Vanderbilt
    7. Kentucky

    Western Division Prediction

    1. Alabama (Conference champs)
    2. Auburn
    3. LSU
    4. Ole Miss
    5. Texas A&M
    6. Mississippi State
    7. Arkansas

     Tennessee notes/rationales

    • The players nominated from Tennessee were Marlin Lane, Marquez North, Mack Crowder, Marcus Jackson, Jordan Williams, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt (was listed as a LB), Brian Randolph and Cam Sutton.

    • We put North on the second team and that was a tough call. There were several other quality options such as Laquon Treadwell from Ole Miss, a couple options at Georgia and Alabama and several others who could be argued for. We think, from a talent and potential standpoint, North earns the nod, whether or not his numbers don’t stack up at the end of the year to some of the others.

    • A.J. Johnson snuck on to our first team at linebacker, just ahead of MSU’s Bernardrick McKinney. Our only hesitation is his lack of big plays on defense. Nobody doubts that Johnson is one of the best pure tacklers in the box in the nation, but he’ll need to make a few more big plays as a senior to justify his spot. Curt Maggitt certainly has the capability to make an All-SEC type of impact as well, but with his position switch and coming off an injury, we’re taking more of a wait-and-see approach with him.

    • Speaking of big plays, we saw enough from Cam Sutton to put him on the second team in what is always a loaded group of SEC DBs. There’s certainly an argument for Brian Randolph there as well, but with all the other talent in the conference, we held off on him.

    • We project Tennessee somewhere betwen No. 4-6 in the SEC East. We split the middle and put them at No. 5. From a talent standpoint, SC, Georgia and Florida are ahead of UT right now. The Gators, especially, are susceptible to implosion, though we see them as a safer bet than Tennessee.