August 13, 2007

Rivals.com Preseason All-SEC teams

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2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-SEC First Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Andre' Woodson
Kentucky, Sr.
Boasting a strong and accurate arm, Woodson enters the season with a school record streak of 162 consecutive passes without an interception. Last season, he led the SEC with 270.4 passing yards per game and 31 touchdown passes. He threw for 3,515 yards while completing 63 percent of his attempts.
DE
: Derrick Harvey
Florida, Jr.
Although not starting every game in '06, Harvey still collected 11 sacks. He plays best in big games, which was obvious when he had three sacks against Ohio State in the national championship game.
RB
: Darren McFadden
Arkansas, Jr.
Last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up and Doak Walker Award recipient as the nation's top running back, McFadden has posted consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He rushed for 1,647 last season despite starting the year with a severely injured toe. He has exceeded 100 yards in a game 12 times in his career.
DE
: Quentin Groves
Auburn, Sr.
Posted 9 1/2 sacks in 2006 and needs just four this season to break Auburn's all-time career record of 26.
RB
: Felix Jones
Arkansas, Jr.
One of the most overused quotes in sports is that a backup player "could start for any other team." In Jones' case, it's the truth. Despite playing behind McFadden, Jones was second in the SEC in '06 with 1,168 rushing yards and he averaged 7.6 yards per carry.
DT
: Glenn Dorsey
LSU, Sr.
A returning All-American, Dorsey posted 64 tackles in 2006, including 8 1/2 for losses. He was the most dominant force for a defensive unit which ranked third in the nation.
WR
: Earl Bennett
Vanderbilt, Jr.
As a freshman he caught 79 passes for 876 yards and improved to 82 catches for 1,146 yards as a sophomore. There is no reason not to expect that upward trend to continue.
DT
: Josh Thompson
Auburn, Sr.
A very productive interior lineman, the stocky Thompson registered 44 tackles a year ago. He made 4 1/2 tackles for losses, including one sack.
WR
: Early Doucet
LSU, Sr.
A game-winning touchdown grab in the final seconds against Tennessee was one of his 59 catches a year ago. He amassed that many catches despite playing alongside two receivers that were first-round NFL draft choices. This year he will be the Tigers' top target.
LB
: Jerod Mayo
Tennessee, Jr.
Managed 83 tackles a year ago despite being slowed with a knee injury. He recorded three sacks in a season-opening victory over California.
TE
: Jacob Tamme
Kentucky, Sr.
In 2006, Tamme led all SEC tight ends with 32 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns.
LB
: Jasper Brinkley
South Carolina, Sr.
A junior college transfer who played his first Division I-A season last year, he posted the second most tackles in the SEC with 207. He also had 85 solo tackles, which is the most of any returning player in the SEC.
OT
: Michael Oher
Ole Miss, Jr.
Considered by many the SEC's best run blocker, Oher helped pave the way for BenJarvus Green-Ellis to rush for 1,000 yards.
LB
: Jonathan Goff
Vanderbilt, Sr.
One of the nation's premier middle linebackers, Goff is excellent against the run and pass. Last season he posted double-digit tackle totals in three games and never had fewer than five. He also had an interception and forced two fumbles.
OT
: Chris Williams
Vanderbilt, Sr.
A starter in 21 consecutive games, Williams only allowed one quarterback sack all of last season. That sack came against Michigan in the first game of the year.
CB
: Simeon Castille
Alabama, Sr.
A returning All-SEC selection. Last season Castille grabbed six of his 10 career interceptions. He also posted 71 tackles.
G
: Will Arnold
LSU, Sr.
If not for health issues, he'd likely be named All-American. Knee and ankle injuries forced him to miss more than half of last season, yet Arnold still notched three 'pancake' blocks and 20 knockdowns.
CB
: Chevis Jackson
LSU, Sr.
Entering his third season as a starter, Jackson is coming off a 2006 campaign in which he posted 46 tackles and two interceptions. He also led he team with 14 passes defended.
G
: Robert Felton
Arkansas, Sr.
Equally adept and run and pass blocking, he posted 57 knockdown blocks and graded out at 84 percent last season. He recorded at least five knockdown blocks in six games, and six times he graded 100 percent for pass blocking.
S
: Jonathan Hefney
Tennessee, Sr.
He's started every game but one of his collegiate career. Last season he posted 96 tackles, second most on the team.
C
: Jonathan Luigs
Arkansas, Jr.
A finalist for last year's Rimington Award, which is presented to the nation's top center, Luigs was the anchor for an offensive line that paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushers.
S
: Derek Pegues
Mississippi State, Jr.
A converted cornerback, Pegues earned second team all-conference recognition in 2006 after posting four interceptions two of which were returned for touchdowns and nine pass deflections.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Brandon Coutu
Georgia, Sr.
Though a torn hamstring caused him to miss most of the 2006 season, Coutu converted 10 of 11 field-goal attempts - including two from beyond 50 yards. He also was perfect on 17 extra point attempts.
P
: Britton Colquitt
Tennessee, Jr.
As a sophomore Colquitt ranked seventh nationally with a 44.9-yard average per punt. He had 11 punts cover at least 50 yards and 18 kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line.
RET
: Mikey Henderson
Georiga, Sr.
Ranked sixth nationally in 2006 with a 14.7-yard average on 25 punt returns. He returned punts for touchdowns against Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
UTIL
: Percy Harvin
Florida, So.
Harvin could be a selection at running back or receiver if he specialized. But he's so effective, he can be used anywhere. As a freshman he gained 427 yards rushing, 428 yards receiving and averaged 11.4 yards for the 75 times he touched the ball. He's going to touch it more frequently this year.
2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-SEC Second Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Erik Ainge
Tennessee, Sr.
The 2006 season was quite literally a break-through year for Ainge, who broke a school record by completing 67 percent of his passes. Ainge also passed for 2,989 yards and threw 19 touchdowns.
DE
: Titus Brown
Mississippi State, Sr.
Last year, in his first season at defensive end, Brown posted 14 1/2 tackles for losses - including 7 1/2 sacks.
RB
: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Ole Miss, Sr.
A year ago, Green-Ellis ranked third in SEC rushing with 1,000 yards and became only the third player in Mississippi history to reach the 1,000-yard mark.
DE
: Tyson Jackson
LSU, Jr.
Along with Dorsey, he anchors perhaps the best defensive line in the country. Jackson posted 37 tackles last year, including 8 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for losses. He also had an interception.
RB
: Rafael Little
Kentucky, Sr.
Little was an all-conference selection in 2005. His totals dipped in '06 largely because of an injury that forced him to miss four games and limited his productivity in four others. He came on strong and recorded more than half of his rushing yardage in the last four games of last season, including a 119-yard performance against Tennessee.
DT
: Jeff Owens
Georgia, Jr.
In his first year as a starter he had 26 tackles, 21 of which were solos, and was credited with 19 quarterback pressures. He had one sack.
WR
: DJ Hall
Alabama, Sr.
A second-team All-SEC selection a year ago, Hall is coming off an excellent junior year in which he caught 62 passes for 1,056 yards and five touchdowns. He set a school record with seven 100-yard receiving games, including five in a row against Arkansas, Florida, Duke, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
DT
: Ernest Mitchell
Arkansas, Jr.
Forced by attrition into the starting lineup, Mitchell responded in a big way. He was credited with 47 tackles 22 solo stops and 10 for losses.
WR
: Keenan Burton
Kentucky, Sr.
Last season, he led the SEC with 12 touchdown catches and was second in the conference with 77 receptions for the improving Wildcats offense.
LB
: Wesley Woodyard
Kentucky, Sr.
Averaged 9.4 tackles last season to rank second in the SEC. He led the Wildcats with 122 total stops and 9 1/2 tackles for losses.
TE
: Cornelius Ingram
Florida, Jr.
He notched 30 receptions for 380 yards in 2006, with the vast majority of that production coming in the second half of the season. He had six catches for 71 yards in the SEC championship game.
LB
: Ali Highsmith
LSU, Sr.
A Butkus Award semifinalist in 2006 after posting 63 tackles, of which 5 1/2 went for losses and three were sacks. He also forced two fumbles.
OT
: Phil Trautwein
Florida, Sr.
Hey, somebody was blocking for that offense that averaged 396 yards in 2006. Trautwein started every game last season and earned second-team All-SEC recognition from the league's coaches.
LB
: Brandon Miller
Georgia, Sr.
Although posting modest tackle totals in 2006, Miller flourished in the middle last spring and is expected to emerge as an elite player this season.
OT
: Andre Smith
Alabama, So.
He was only the seventh true freshman to start a season-opener for Alabama since 1972. Smith posted a team-leading 62 knockdown blocks.
CB
: Jonathan Zenon
LSU, Sr.
Zenon is coming off an excellent season in which he was credited with 16 passes defended, including four interception. Two of those were returned for touchdowns.
G
: Anthony Parker
Tennessee, Jr.
A solid pass blocker, he started in all 12 regular season games for the Volunteers, who allowed just 19 sacks all season and ranked 12th nationally in passing offense.
CB
: Jonathan Wilhite
Auburn, Sr.
A third-year starter, Wilhite has posted 71 tackles, 13 passes broken up and one interception in his career.
G
: Herman Johnson
LSU, Jr.
He's quite literally grown into the role of an effective offensive lineman. At 6-foot-7, 351 pounds, he's the biggest LSU football player in history. He started 10 games last season and recorded 62 knockdowns and 22 "pancake" blocks for the Tigers, who last season led the SEC in total offense.
S
: Tony Joiner
Florida, Sr.
Joiner was a key, though often overlooked, figure in the Gators' national championship campaign. His 59 tackles led all Florida defensive backs, and he also had two interceptions. He'll have more responsibility this year as the only returning starter in the secondary.
C
: Antoine Caldwell
Alabama, Jr.
A starter in 25 consecutive games, Caldwell posted 58 knockdown blocks in '06 and led the Tide in that category in games against Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Monroe, Florida and Ole Miss.
S
: Kelin Johnson
Georgia, Sr.
In his first season as a full-time starter, Johnson ranked third among Bulldogs defenders with 60 tackles, including two sacks, and had two interceptions.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Ryan Succop
South Carolina, Jr.
A year ago, Succop converted 16 of 20 field-goal attempts (80 percent) and had a longest conversion of 55 yards. He was a Groza Award semifinalist.
P
: Ryan Succop
South Carolina, Jr.
Although he didn't punt often enough to qualify for SEC rankings, his 43.6 average on 27 attempts would have ranked third in the conference last year. His longest kick covered 58 yards.
RET
: Felix Jones
Arkansas, Jr.
In 2006 Jones averaged 24.1 yards on 23 kickoff returns. He scored on a 100-yard return against Ole Miss, which was one of three returns he had on the season that covered more than 50 yards.
UTIL
: Trindon Holliday
LSU, So.
Perhaps the fastest player in college football, Holliday's role in the offense is expected to increase significantly. Last season he averaged 12.3 yards on 14 rushes and 32.4 yards on five kickoff returns. He should get many more opportunities to touch the ball this season.

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