My fourth SEC Media Days is in the books.
Unlike previous years, the wisdom of the collective won’t be released until sometime Friday, but here’s a look at my picks for the All-SEC preseason team and a predicted order of finish for 2017.
Missouri has a chance to surprise some people in the SEC East, but I also think the schedule doesn’t set up great for that to be reflected in the standings.
Two of the Tigers’ three most-winnable conference games, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, are on the road along with the Battle Line Rivalry at Arkansas on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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Mizzou also drew Auburn from the SEC West, while Kentucky, for instance, gets Mississippi and Mississippi State.
I voted Missouri wide receiver J’Mon Moore on the All-SEC first team and quarterback Drew Lock, tackle Paul Adams and defensive end Marcell Frazier on the second team.
Here’s the complete list:
Tod Palmer’s All-SEC ballot
SEC EAST PROJECTED STANDINGS
1. Georgia, 2. Florida, 3. Tennessee, 4. Kentucky, 5. Vanderbilt, 6. Missouri, 7. South Carolina
SEC WEST PROJECTED STANDINGS
1. Alabama*, 2. Auburn, 3. LSU, 4. Texas A&M, 5. Arkansas, 6. Mississippi State, 7. Mississippi
* SEC champion
Quarterback — Jalen Hurts, Alabama, sophomore
Running back — Derrius Guice, LSU, junior; Bo Scarbrough, Alabama, junior
Wide receiver — Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, junior; J’Mon Moore, Missouri, senior
Tight end — DeAndre Goolsby, Florida, senior
Offensive line — Braden Smith, Auburn, senior; Jonah Williams, Alabama, sophomore; Martez Ivey, Florida, junior; Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, junior
Center — Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, senior
Defensive line — Da’Ron Payne, Alabama, junior; Trenton Thompson, Georgia, junior; Marquis Haynes, Mississippi, senior; Denzil Ware, Kentucky, junior
Linebacker — Arden Key, LSU, junior; Jordan Jones, Kentucky, junior; Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama, senior
Defensive back — Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, junior; Ronnie Harrison, Alabama, junior; Mike Edwards, Kentucky, junior; Carlton Davis, Auburn, junior
Placekicker — Daniel Carlson, Auburn, senior
Punter — JK Scott, Alabama, senior
Return specialist — Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, junior
All-purpose — Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, junior
Quarterback — Drew Lock, Missouri, junior
Running back — Nick Chubb, Georgia, senior; Kamryn Pettway, Auburn, junior
Wide receiver — Calvin Ridley, Alabama junior; Antonio Callaway, Florida, junior
Tight end — Isaac Nauta, Georgia, sophomore
Offensive line — Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State, senior; Paul Adams, Missouri, junior; Jawaan Taylor, Florida, sophomore; Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, sophomore
Center — Will Clapp, LSU, junior
Defensive line — Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama, senior; Cece Jefferson, Florida, junior; Marlon Davidson, Auburn, sophomore; Marcell Frazier, Missouri, senior
Linebacker — Roquan Smith, Georgia, junior; Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas, junior; Skai Moore, South Carolina, senior
Defensive back — Duke Dawson, Florida, senior; Donte Jackson, LSU, junior; Dominick Sanders, Georgia, senior; Armani Watts, Texas A&M, senior
Placekicker — Gary Wunderlich, Mississippi, senior
Punter — Johnny Townsend, Florida, senior
Return specialist — Evan Berry, Tennessee, senior
All-purpose — Derrius Guice, LSU, junior