Athlon Has a Ton of Vols on All-SEC Team

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    Athlon is one of the premier sports outlets in the country, and they’ve been high on the Vols since the offseason began. They put Tennessee No. 7 in the country in their preseason poll and have the Vols winning the SEC East and facing Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

    Now, Athlon has put a plethora of Vols on its All-SEC teams.

    Athlon has 11 Vols on their four All-SEC squads, which is tied with Florida and Georgia for the most on the All-SEC teams in the SEC East. But unlike those two teams, the Vols have several players on the First-Team squad.

    Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina have no players on Athlon’s First-Team All-SEC list. Florida, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt all have one each. Tennessee has six First-Team All-SEC selections, tied with Alabama for the most in the league.

    The six Vols that make Athlon’s First-Team are running back Jalen Hurd, offensive lineman Jashon Robertson, defensive end Derek Barnett, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Evan Berry as kick returner, and Cam Sutton as punt returner. Sutton is also on the Second-Team defense as a defensive back, and running back Alvin Kamara and quarterback Josh Dobbs are on the Second-Team offense.

    Trevor Daniel is the Third-Team punter, and Dylan Wiesman is a Fourth-Team offensive lineman.

    Only Alabama (14) and LSU (12) have more overall All-SEC selections than the Vols according to Athlon. Tennessee and Georgia are the only two teams with two running backs on the First and Second-Team selections, and the Vols and Tide are the only two teams with both a defensive lineman and linebacker on the First-Team.

    Tennessee looks to be the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East by almost every media outlet. And they’ll likely see a great number of their players make All-SEC lists. And if Athlon is any indication, the accolades and praise are just getting started.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.