Alabama, Florida dominate preseason All-SEC team at Media Days

jwmashek@sunherald.comJuly 23, 2010 

— Not surprisingly, Alabama and Florida dominated the balloting for the preseason All-SEC team selected this week at SEC Media Days.

Alabama, the defending BCS national champion, had a league-high 12 representatives on the preseason All-SEC team, including eight on the first team. Florida, which lost to Alabama in the SEC title game last year and won the BCS national championship in the 2008 season, had 10 selections, three of those on the first team.

An overwhelming majority of sportswriters and broadcasters picked Alabama as the eventual SEC champion. The Crimson Tide was the choice for SEC champion on 143 of the 177 ballots cast. Florida, the strong favorite in the SEC's Eastern Division, was next with 17 votes.

Alabama's Mark Ingram, the Heisman Trophy winner last season, was one of his team's eight first-team offensive selections on the preseason All-SEC team.

Ole Miss was represented by defensive tackle Jerrell Powe, a first-team choice, and defensive end Kentrell Lockett, a second-team choice. Mississippi State's Pernell McPhee was a second-team pick at defensive end and offensive line teammate Derek Sherrod joined him on the second team.

Arkansas' Ryan Mallett was the choice as All-SEC quarterback, and he's joined in the backfield by Ingram and Alabama teammate Trent Richardson.

LSU had two first-team picks on the All-SEC team, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Alabama was the pick to win the SEC West on 157 of the 177 ballots, followed by Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide and Florida have played in the last two SEC championship games.

Media members have correctly picked the SEC champion at Media Days only four times since 1992 -- Florida in 2008, 1995 and '94, and LSU in 2007.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and LSU coach Les Miles will speak later at SEC Media Days today. See sunherald.com for further updates.

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