Manziel, Clowney, Yeldon earn Preseason All-SEC First Team honors

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was picked as a first-team defensive end on 223 of the 234 ballots turned in from media members for the Preseason All-SEC team at the SEC media days in Hoover, Ala., that will end on Thursday.

No players were unanimous, but Clowney, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (231 first-place votes) and Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (221 first-place votes) were close in the balloting for the preseason all-conference team.

Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, easily outdistanced two-time national champion quarterback AJ McCarron of Alabama to earn the first-team spot.

The SEC credentialed a record 1,239 media members and collected a record 234 ballots for the teams. We've listed the results below. Any thoughts on the media's vote?

NOTES: (*) -- tie, first-team votes in parentheses.

OFFENSE

First Team

QB --  Johnny Manziel , Texas A&M (119)
RB -- T.J. Yeldon , Alabama (221)
RB --  Todd Gurley , Georgia (206)
WR --  Amari Cooper , Alabama (194)
WR --  Jordan Matthews , Vanderbilt (106)    
TE --  Arthur Lynch , Georgia (148)    
OL --  Cyrus Kouandjio , Alabama (193)    
OL --  Jake Matthews , Texas A&M (176)
OL --  Anthony Steen , Alabama (109)
OL --  Gabe Jackson , Mississippi State (88)
C --  Travis Swanson , Arkansas (92)

Second Team
QB -- AJ McCarron , Alabama (67)
RB --  Tre Mason , Auburn (15)
RB  -- * LaDarius Perkins , Mississippi State (12)
RB -- * Keith Marshall , Georgia (12)
WR --  Donte Moncrief , Ole Miss ( 46)
WR --  Mike Evans ,  Texas A&M (33)
TE --  Rory Anderson , South Carolina (33)
OL --  Antonio Richardson , Tennessee (76)
OL --  Jon Halapio , Florida (51)
OL --  Chris Burnette , Georgia (50)
OL --  Ja'Wuan James , Tennessee (50)
C --  Reese Dismukes , Auburn (33)     

Third Team
QB --  Aaron Murray , Georgia (52)    
RB -- * Matt Jones , Florida (5)
RB -- * Jeff Scott , Ole Miss (5)
RB -- * Alfred Blue , LSU (5)
WR --  Malcolm Mitchell , Georgia (28)
WR --  Jarvis Landry , LSU (19)
TE --  Brian Vogler , Alabama (18)
OL --  La'el Collins , LSU (37)    
OL --  Josh Williford , LSU (30)
OL --  Wesley Johnson , Vanderbilt (18)
OL -- * A.J. Cann , South Carollina (14)
OL -- * Zach Fulton , Tennessee (14)
C -- * James Stone , Tennessee (30)
C -- * Jonotthan Harrison , Florida (30)

DEFENSE

First Team

DL -- Jadeveon Clowney , South Carolina (223)    
DL --  Dominique Easley , Florida (162)
DL --  Anthony Johnson , LSU (127)
DL --  Chris Smith , Arkansas (56)
LB -- C.J. Mosley , Alabama (231)
LB --  A.J. Johnson , Tennessee (107)
LB --  Denzel Nkemdiche , Ole Miss (94)  
DB -- Hasean Clinton-Dix , Alabama (203)
DB --  Craig Loston , LSU (135)
DB --  Loucheiz Purifoy , Florida (117)
DB --  Deion Belue , Alabama (77)

Second Team
DL --  Xzavier Dickson , Alabama (49)    
DL --  Ed Stinson , Alabama ( 39)
DL --  Dee Ford , Auburn (38)
DL --  Jeoffrey Pagan , Alabama (31)
LB --  Adrian Hubbard , Alabama (66)
LB --  Jordan Jenkins , Georgia (64)
LB --  Lamin Barrow , LSU (29)
DB --  Damian Swann , Georgia (70)
DB --  Andre Hal , Vanderbilt (69)
DB --  Marcus Roberson , Florida (50)
DB --  Vinnie Sunseri , Alabama (36)

Third Team
DL --  Garrison Smith , Georgia (26)    
DL --  Dan McCullers-Sanders , Tennessee (23)
DL --  Bud Dupree , Kentucky (23)
DL --  C.J. Johnson , Ole Miss (22)
LB --  Ronald Powell , Florida (24)
LB --  Tahj Jones , LSU (20)
LB -- * Trey DePriest , Alabama (16)
LB -- * Avery Williamson , Kentucky (16)
DB --  E.J. Gaines , Missouri (34)
DB --  Charles Sawyer , Ole Miss (25)
DB --  Jalen Mills , LSU (22)
DB --  Chris Davis , Auburn (20)
    
SPECIALISTS

First Team

P --  Kyle Christy , Florida (108)
PK --  Carey Spear , Vanderbilt (100)    
RS --  Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)    
AP --  Bruce Ellington , South Carolina (69)    

Second Team
P --  Cody Mandell , Alabama (54)
PK --  Cody Parkey , Auburn (71)    
RS -- Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)
AP -- Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

Third Team
P --  Steven Clark , Auburn (33)
PK --  Zach Hocker , Arkansas (39)    
RS --  Andre Debose , Florida (53)
AP -- Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

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