Nearly three weeks ago, the preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released, and the Vols came in at No. 24 in the rankings. Now, the preseason Coaches All-SEC teams have been announced, and a handful of Vols have made those teams.
Four Tennessee players will begin the 2017 season as preseason All-SEC selections according to the coaches’ votes. Evan Berry was named the second team return specialist while three other Vols, offensive lineman Jashon Robertson, wide receiver Jauan Jennings, and punter Trevor Daniel, all made the third team.
No Vols were selected to the First Team All-SEC squad. Alabama had nine players chosen as first team representatives for the SEC, which was by far the most of any one school. They also had the most overall selections with 15 total players on the first, second, and third teams.
The Vols’ main SEC rivals, Florida and Georgia, were also well represented on the All-SEC teams. Florida had two first team selections and 12 overall players make the three teams. Georgia had three players voted onto the first team, and they ended up with eight overall selections. Eight schools had five or more players on the three combined teams, but the Vols were one of the six schools with four or fewer.
Kentucky (6) and South Carolina (5) also had more All-SEC selections than the Vols. Only Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State had fewer players selected to the All-SEC teams than the Vols. Missouri also had four players chosen.
All four of the Vols’ selections earned All-SEC honors during SEC Media Days back in July as well.