Tennessee was represented by just one player on the Preseason Coaches First Team All-SEC squad released Tuesday afternoon – linebacker Curt Maggitt.
Derek Barnett is on the Second Team defensive line, Cam Sutton is a Second-Team defensive back and quarterback Joshua Dobbs tied with Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson as the Third-Team quarterback, behind Missouri’s Maty Mauk, who is just over a 50% career passer.
Alabama and LSU tied for the league lead in selections with 10 a piece in the 13th annual Coaches Preseason Team.
There are some, we’ll say – questionable – selections on the team from UT’s perspective. Though it was released Tuesday afternoon, Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams, who was ruled out for the regular season nine days ago, is on the third team ahead of Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd. LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, who will miss 4-6 weeks, is on the first team ahead of Sutton.
Hurd, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and safety Brian Randolph are among the Vols who have received other preseason honors who were not on any of the Coaches teams.