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

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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 -- Ha Ha 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 -- Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)
DL -- Alvin 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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