2017 preseason All-SEC team: Alabama sets new record with 10 first-team selections

On Friday, the media predicted the order of finish for each SEC division along with the projected conference champion. Media members also voted on the conference's first, second and third-team offensive, defensive and special teams units. 

Surprise! Alabama Crimson Tide , the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC in 2017, leads the pack with 10 first-team selections across all three areas. That's a SEC preseason record. For reference, Alabama held the previous records with nine first-team picks in 2011 and eight in 2010. Florida Gators also had eight first-team picks in 2009.

Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts , receiver Calvin Ridley , defensive linemen  Da'Ron Payne and  Da'Shawn Hand , and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick highlight the first-team selections. In all, the Crimson Tide have 16 selections in the preseason media teams.

Georgia Bulldogs , the preseason favorite to win the SEC East, had four first-team picks. Below are the first-team selections, followed by the second and third teams. Total points are in parenthesis. 

OFFENSE First-Team 

QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama (196)
RB Derrius Guice , LSU Tigers (223)
RB Nick Chubb , Georgia (211)
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (232)
WR Christian Kirk , Texas A&M Aggies (197)
TE Isaac Nauta , Georgia (134)
OL Braden Smith , Auburn Tigers (201)
OL Martez Ivey , Florida (198)
OL Jonah Williams , Alabama (187)
OL Ross Pierschbacher , Alabama (174)
C Frank Ragnow , Arkansas Razorbacks (174)

DEFENSE First-Team

DL Da'Ron Payne, Alabama (196)
DL Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama (180)
DL Trenton Thompson , Georgia (172)
DL Marquis Haynes , Ole Miss Rebels (159)
LB Arden Key , LSU (191)
LB Rashaan Evans , Alabama (180)
LB Roquan Smith , Georgia (157)
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (232)
DB Ronnie Harrison , Alabama (156)
DB Armani Watts , Texas A&M (137)
DB Duke Dawson , Florida (137)

SPECIALISTS First-Team

P JK Scott , Alabama (222)
PK Daniel Carlson , Auburn (218)
RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (176)
AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (161)

And now for the second and third teams....

Second-Team Offense

QB Nick Fitzgerald , Mississippi State Bulldogs (121)
RB Bo Scarbrough , Alabama (151)
RB Kamryn Pettway , Auburn (141)
WR Antonio Callaway , Florida (152)
WR J'Mon Moore , Missouri Tigers (91)
TE Hayden Hurst , South Carolina Gamecocks (115)
OL Isaiah Wynn , Georgia (116)
OL Jashon Robertson , Tennessee Volunteers (108)
OL K.J. Malone, LSU (101)
OL Martinas Rankin , Mississippi State (101)
C Bradley Bozeman , Alabama (155)

Third-Team Offense

QB Austin Allen , Arkansas (102)
RB Ralph Webb , Vanderbilt Commodores (105)
RB Sony Michel , Georgia (30)
WR Deebo Samuel , South Carolina (64)
WR Jauan Jennings , Tennessee (42)
TE DeAndre Goolsby , Florida (76)
OL Lester Cotton , Alabama (96)
OL Greg Little , Ole Miss (94)
OL Javon Patterson , Ole Miss (87)
OL Koda Martin , Texas A&M (69)
C Will Clapp , LSU (66)

Second-Team Defense

DL Cece Jefferson , Florida (151)
DL Marlon Davidson , Auburn (120)
DL Christian LaCouture , LSU (107)
DL Denzil Ware , Kentucky Wildcats (78)
LB Shaun Dion Hamilton , Alabama (156)
LB Skai Moore , South Carolina (128)
LB Tre' Williams , Auburn (103)
DB Tray Matthews , Auburn (126)
DB Donte Jackson , LSU (123)
DB Carlton Davis , Auburn (109)
DB Dominick Sanders , Georgia (109)

Third-Team Defense

DL Marcell Frazier , Missouri (77)
DL Jabari Zuniga , Florida (76)
DL Dontavius Russell , Auburn (70)
DL Rashard Lawrence , LSU (54)
LB Jordan Jones , Kentucky (91)
LB Lorenzo Carter , Georgia (82)
LB Oren Burks , Vanderbilt (58)
DB Anthony Averett , Alabama (104)
DB Marcell Harris , Florida (83)
DB Mike Edwards , Kentucky (71)
DB Tony Brown , Alabama (62)

Second-Team Specialists

P Johnny Townsend , Florida (99)
PK Eddy Piniero, Florida (106)
RS Evan Berry , Tennssee (117)
AP Derrius Guice, LSU (133)

Third-Team Specialists 

P Trevor Daniel , Tennessee (58)
PK Gary Wunderlich , Ole Miss (94)
RS Antonio Callaway, Florida (84)
AP Kerryon Johnson , Auburn (66)

CBS Sports Writer

Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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