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.