Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Moore, Langford receive preseason All-SEC honors

The coaches' preseason All-SEC team was released Monday and Vanderbilt had just two representatives. Junior cornerback D.J. Moore was the only Commodore named to the first unit, while senior safety Reshard Langford earned third-team honors.

"D.J. is coming off a remarkable year and deserves all the attention he is getting. He's a big-time player in a big-time conference," said coach Bobby Johnson. "I'm pleased that Reshard is getting notice because he's truly one of the finest defensive players in this conference. Reshard simply does his job at a very high level. He's a great competitor, a great athlete, and a tremendous leader for the Commodores."

LSU led all teams with 14 players selected, followed by Florida (10), Georgia (9), Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina (all 8), Tennessee (7), Kentucky (5), Ole Miss and and Mississippi State (4), Arkansas (3) and Vanderbilt (2).

There were seven unanimous first-team selections to the squad, but Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was not one of them (one coach voted for Matthew Stafford). The group includes four offensive linemen - Alabama's Andre Smith, Arkansas Jonathan Luigs, Ole Miss' Michael Oher and Tennessee's Anthony Parker -- along with Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, Ole Miss defensive lineman Greg Hardy and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes.

In addition, of the 81 players named to the first, second and third teams, six are sophomores, 35 are juniors and 40 are seniors.

You can check out all of the coaches' selections here.

While it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Vanderbilt had just two players selected, I pose this question to all of you: Other than Moore and Langford, which Commodores do you expect to earn All-SEC honors at the end of the season?

My take: Offensively, I wouldn't be shocked to see linemen Bradley Vierling and possibly Thomas Welch earn recognition. Defensively, there are a number of possibilities, including cornerback Myron Lewis (who's quite talented and would be getting a whole lot more attention if not for Mr. Moore) and defensive ends Broderick Stewart and Steven Stone.

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