Media snubs Curran on All-SEC first team

Apparently the media covering the SEC isn’t as high on Rennie Curran as the conference’s coaches are.

When the coaches picked their preseason All-SEC team last week, both wide receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Curran were included on the first team, but only Green made the first team of the media preseason All-SEC team announced today, with Curran dropping to the second team.

Also making the media’s second team were offensive linemen Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant and defensive tackle Geno Atkins.

The difference for Curran was that the coaches picked four linebackers: Curran plus Brandon Spikes of Florida, Rolando McClain of Alabama and Eric Norwood of South Carolina, while the media only picked three linebackers — Spikes, McClain and Norwood — and instead went with another defensive lineman.

Cordy Glenn and Prince Miller made the coaches’ second team but didn’t rate with the media. Jeff Owens and Reshad Jones made the coaches’ third team, along with Sturdivant, but the media didn’t pick a third team.

There were no unanimous selections by the 64 voters picking the media All-SEC team. Leading vote-getters were Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry (62 votes), Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (61) and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes (61). Yes, you read that right. Three media voters didn’t pick Tebow; an investigation no doubt will follow.

As expected, Florida got all 64 first-place media votes to repeat as SEC East champion and all but one vote to win the SEC title. One voter picked Ole Miss to win the SEC. Florida is the first team to be a unanimous selection to win a division since the league started divisional play in 1992.

In the SEC East, Georgia was picked second, followed by South Carolina, Tennessee, Vandy and Kentucky. In the West, Alabama was the top pick, followed by LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State.

54 comments Add your comment

Kendawg

July 24th, 2009
10:45 am

It’s great to be flying under the radar this year. Some people are going to be in for a big surprise.

Tim Tebow

July 24th, 2009
10:54 am

I need to clarify something. I misunderstood the question yesterday. Yes, I am a virgin…if you don’t count my sweet man love with Urban Meyer.

Nachos

July 24th, 2009
10:59 am

Your not flying under the radar kendawg….. your are off the radar. The mutts are irrelevant in SEC play. Nothing but a punchline to any good SEC joke. Go ahead and ban me Bill I dont care! Heaven forbid someone call out your beloved puppies.

Turkey Tacos

July 24th, 2009
11:09 am

Your power to ruin this Dawg’s day is too overwhelming, Nachos. Please, oh pretty please, just leave us “irrelevant” “mutts” alone.

Long Dawg

July 24th, 2009
11:13 am

Nachos, you are a loser and you follow a losing sports program and all of your friends are losers. No one hates like you do if there is anything positive in their life. You should be banned because you add nothing to the discussion. Your posts are like looking into a tolit. Take your hate to a professional and get back on your medicine.

BigMike

July 24th, 2009
11:21 am

Nachos, If you get on highway 10 west,it will take you to houston, pick up some jalapeno’s down there and wait on the next soccer game to start. GET OUTTA HERE !

SEC1

July 24th, 2009
11:45 am

BigMIke:

Don’t worry about burrito or nacho or enchalada, whatever his name is. You see, the more the haters post, the more obvious it becomes that they are envious of our program. Those that truly don’t care don’t post. (exactly why I have never posted on a Tech blog, a UF blog, or any other rival’s blog). Keep talkin’ folks, you’re jealousy is blatant!

Bill King

July 24th, 2009
11:48 am

Nachos:

As is the case with everyone else, as long as you keep it clean, you can post here no matter how unpopular — or silly — your views are.

Huh?

July 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

To be fair, Curran is a little undersized. He runs great and has a knack for the ball, but tends to get outmatched physically by the bigger backs and lineman. I’m not hating though. I wish the rest of our defense had half his heart and desire. True story.

Long Dawg

July 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

Rennie is very good but the three the media picked are great. I love haow Rennie plays and the leadership he provides on the field.

AJ

July 24th, 2009
12:21 pm

If he was 3 or 4 inches taller, he would be looked at as one of the best in the country!

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
12:32 pm

If he was three or four inches taller, he would go in the first round of the NFL draft. That kid plays with as much heart as I have seen in a Dawg.

@ Nachos

July 24th, 2009
12:33 pm

Pretty sure you are just trying to fire people up but if not you shoudl stick with soccer …..Mexican

Robert

July 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

While yes, a snub, it won’t matter after Rennie leads the SEC in tackles, AGAIN.

dawgfanatic24-7

July 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

There is a difference in being picked because of stats or popularity. If my stats were better than the guys on 1st team then who cares. Spikes is the real deal. Not sure about the other two.

sammiamm

July 24th, 2009
12:48 pm

Who cares what the media thinks.

Ask his teammates what THEY think.

Then ask the opposing players he’ll be flattening this fall (if they’re still able to answer).

My two pennies: He’s one of the most exciting players I’ve had the pleasure to watch play Saturdays in Athens. I love his passion.

And it’s gonna be a great fall. I like what I’m hearing from most of you re: how this team is gelling and getting focused.

But please quit the back-and-forth b*tching and sniping–those of you doing it are behaving like a bunch of seventh grade girls. You’re ruing what is otherwise a great blog.

Go Dawgs.

Curran is a very talented

PMC

July 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

Seriously Eric Norwood over Rennie Curran? They got the first two right anyway. I like Eric Norwood. Talented, great player…. Rennie Curran is better. They blew that one.

dawgfanatic24-7

July 24th, 2009
12:53 pm

Anyone got the stats on these players for last season?

Nachos

July 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

Turkey Tacos – come up with your own name, get off my coattails!

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

Shoot, if the Gators had Curran at the weakside LB position, I don’t think anyone would score on the Gators D this year. The dude is a lot better than Norwood in my opinion. I hope you Dawg fans don’t mind me visiting your blog to support Curran for All-SEC. Florida thinks so much of Curran they ran away from him on almost every play last year and blocked him with a tackle and a TE when they did run to his side or passed the ball. He about took Tebow’s head off the previous year.

Sanford Drive

July 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

There will always be snubs. Think: Charles Woodson. But at least this is just preseason stuff, and not something that actually matters.

how2fish

July 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

If the Media only picked 3 and the coaches picked 4 well I don’t understand it but can live with it….Rennie is a great player and perhaps a better leader and man. Tampa Gator your comments are welcome and how we should comport ourselves on these forums. Go Dawgs!

southgadawg88

July 24th, 2009
1:22 pm

I love Rennie but he is a bit of a liability in pass coverage.He peeks into the backfield too much and guys run by him a bit too frequently.Check the film most teams are aware of this and they attack him in passing situations.He is still a great player and should have a long pro career however he will not be an every down player in the pros.So if you go with 3 LBs I can’t complain much

DawgFan

July 24th, 2009
1:34 pm

Obviously there is some adverse media agenda at work here since the beloved Tim Tebow didn’t get all of the votes. But let’s be honest here. Yes, Tebow is a fantastic athlete. Yes, I respect and even admire his work ethic and his faith. And finally, Yes, he’ll make a really good NFL running back one of these days.

And while Rennie Curran did get snubbed, I like to think that you prove these things on the field, not on some reporter’s notepad.

Go Dawgs!

Nachos

July 24th, 2009
1:36 pm

I need therapy!

Nachos

July 24th, 2009
1:37 pm

Because I have long since flown off the radar……or the coo coos nest.

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:00 pm

Nachos works at a mexican soul food joint.It’s called nacho momma.

BG

July 24th, 2009
2:02 pm

Curran is the man! Screw what the media thinks.

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

When it comes to rankings which are predictions anyway they mean nothing.The facts are when it is said and done the stats will prove who is the best.Good luck to all the dawgs you are number 1 in the hearts of the Dawg nation.

Iceman

July 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Rennie’s gonna take revenge on the field, to prove these snubbers wrong!

Iceman

July 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

A punchline to an SEC joke, eh? Obviously Nachos has never heard of the South Carolina Gamecocks

Denver Dog

July 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

Well, I guess we will see how the all end up now won’t we. My pick is with underdogs all the way this year. That may mean UGA in the east, or someone else. In the west, LSU or Auburn.

Curran doesn’t need any preseason hype, from what I’ve seen, he does it on the field.

LifelongDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

I don’t give two Sh*#$ what the media thinks. They also believe Obama walks on water. That should tell you something. Every coach in the SEC, maybe the nation, would take Curran as their linebacker. Non-story here.

Valdosta Dawg

July 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

Bill we all know what Rennie can do, so it is not important to worry about the PRE-SEASON sub, He will be ther at the end of the year! On a side not, because I can not find anywhere else to gripe about it I will do it here.
I go to the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville every year and it is the best trip of the year, unless we make it to the Sugar bowl. All this talk about moving it is crap, we need to win and quit looking for BS excuses. Most of the folks who want it moved have never been, The stadium is 50/50 I know you can see it on TV. It is a 4 or 5 day party for those of us that go. Moving it to Atlanta would suck, no tailgating like in J-ville. Now we have this guy out of Social Circle, Rep John Douglas trying to tie the game into the water war between the states. Mr.Douglas needs to find something better to do with his time.
GO DAWGS, and we will see y’all in Jacksonville! And at all the games in Athens too.

Dawg Man

July 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Obviously Nachos has never heard of South Carolina, if he thinks UGA is the punchline of an SEC joke.

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

TampaGator, enemy bloggers are not unwelcome unless you are named after an Island off the Georgia Coast.

Remember TybeeDawg, I said enemy bloggers.

uuugh.

July 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

@Nachos & Big Mike…it is in fact possible to enjoy soccer and Georgia Football. Sure Nacho is as dumb as a bucket of hair but please leave the beautiful game out of your insults.

As far as Rennie goes…it seems like the Falcons had an undersized MLB for years and years and years named Tuggle that did alright forhimself as a pro. I think an NFL team that doesn’t give him a chance is making a mistake.

As far as the Press goes…if they were good at anything but keeping the pot stirred, they might be teaching or coaching someplace. Instead they have to find something to print…and with all the cuts in the newspaper industry, that whole notion of “fit to print,” went out the window years ago. (See the AJC’s Soccer coverage)

I beleive the coaches have a bit better idea of player talent than the fools in the CFB press (no offense Bill and Mr. College Football)

gomdawg

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Rennie Curran I’m a Bulldawg fan and you are the Best . We would not trade you for all the other 3, also remember the name (Nick Williams ) Rennie back up could play for any team in the country.

Bow Wow

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

Perhaps Curran’s excessive penalties and bad sportsmanship played a role.

45-42, bleah

July 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

You know, I don’t remember Rennie getting called for any late hits or unsportsmanlike penalties last year.

BBR5

July 24th, 2009
4:21 pm

Why is Reshad Jones on ANY team? He did NOTHING last year for us.

uuugh.

July 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

Sure he did BBR5! He opened the door to all of these tech idiots to post on our blog about how they own us now.

Go Gator

July 24th, 2009
5:14 pm

Really?

July 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

BBR5- He did have 5 INT’s one of those 5 saved a win for us against SC. I wouldn’t say he did nothing.

Fools Gold

July 24th, 2009
5:21 pm

Until UGAs defense improves dramatically the defense will not get the recognition from the media or talking heads along with passionate dawg fans. sorry Rennie! The defense needs to learn how to hit and the coach needs to learn how to make adjustments. It will be another year of fools gold for the defense just wait and see dawg fans. Willie Martinez is a system coach. Not a great defensive mind, big big difference.

DaddyDawg

July 24th, 2009
5:47 pm

Making a preseason All-SEC team is really meaningless. You want to make the actual team at the end of the year based upon your play during the season, and I have no doubt that Rennie Curran, the Liberian assassin, will convince the SEC coaches and the sportswriters that he’s first team SEC material. Watch Rennie use the “snub” to elevate his play………..

SamoanDawg

July 24th, 2009
5:52 pm

Rennie is a first teamer on the field! A true football player.

You gotta hand it to Spikes and McClain though, these are guys are good. Norwood is good too.

I wish we have 4 more LBs like Rennie on the team… heart all heart!

dan

July 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

I agree with Fools Gold,

I will say that I think most Div-I college coaches are overrated. I know high school coaches that can coach circles around Bobo and Martinez. So why are these guys coordinators? Connections, plain and simple.

There aren’t a whole lot of guys who I would say are great defensive or offensive minds in college football. It’s all about finding the right talent for the right system.

Glenn

July 24th, 2009
6:33 pm

I think it would be a big improvement if Bill King could find a job he would have a chance at being good at. Go cover Ga.Tech or something. Even I can do better than you. From the DAWGS number one fan in ALASKA

dawgtired

July 24th, 2009
11:38 pm

He wasn’t picked because the defense stinks. Georgia is picked in the right spot, forget all this “low key” hype, its all hype. UGA goes 8-4 because the teams playing for championships know how to”man up” againts their opponents.