Five Rebels Named Preseason All-SEC By Media

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Denzel Nkemdiche (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Denzel Nkemdiche (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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July 18, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Five Ole Miss Rebels were selected preseason All-SEC by media members at the Southeastern Conference Media Days, the league announced Thursday.

Sophomore Denzel Nkemdiche was selected to the first team at linebacker to the lead the Ole Miss contingent. Junior Donte Moncrief was a second-team pick at wide receiver, while senior Jeff Scott (RB), junior C.J. Johnson (DE) and senior Charles Sawyer (DB) were voted to the third team.

Nkemdiche and Moncrief have already been recognized on watch lists for national awards this preseason. Nkemdiche is on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player) and Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker), while Moncrief is up for the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver).

Last year, Nkemdiche, Moncrief and Johnson earned All-SEC distinction from at least one media outlet after helping Ole Miss to a 7-6 record and a victory over Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

The media picked Ole Miss to finish fourth in the SEC West behind Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU. The Crimson Tide were picked to win the West and the overall SEC Championship, while Georgia was tabbed to win the East.

2013 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(243 voters - most voters in SEC Media Days history / * - Ties)

OFFENSE

First Team

QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)    
TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)    
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)    
OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)
OL - Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)
OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

Second Team
QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)
RB - Tre Mason, Auburn (15)
RB  - *LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)
RB - *Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)
WR - Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss ( 46)
WR - Mike Evans,  Texas A&M (33)
TE - Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)
OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)
OL - Jon Halapio, Florida (51)
OL - Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)
OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)
C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)     

Third Team
QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)    
RB - *Matt Jones, Florida (5)
RB - *Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)
RB - *Alfred Blue, LSU (5)
WR - Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)
WR - Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)
TE - Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)
OL - La'el Collins, LSU (37)    
OL - Josh Williford, LSU (30)
OL - Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)
OL - *A.J. Cann, South Carollina (14)
OL - *Zach Fulton, Tennessee (14)
C - *James Stone, Tennessee (30)
C - *Jonotthan Harrison, Florida (30)

DEFENSE

First Team

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)    
DL - Dominique Easley, Florida (162)
DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)
DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94)  
DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)
DB - Craig Loston, LSU (135)
DB - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)
DB - Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

Second Team
DL - Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (49)    
DL - Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)
DL - Dee Ford, Auburn (38)
DL - Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)
LB - Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)
LB - Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)
LB - Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)
DB - Damian Swann, Georgia (70)
DB - Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)
DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)
DB - Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

Third Team
DL - Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)    
DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)
DL - Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)
DL - C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)
LB - Ronald Powell, Florida (24)
LB - Tahj Jones, LSU (20)
LB - *Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)
LB - *Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)
DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)
DB - Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)
DB - Jalen Mills, LSU (22)
DB - Chris Davis, Auburn (20)
    
SPECIALISTS

First Team

P - Kyle Christy, Florida (108)
PK - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)    
RS - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)    
AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)    

Second Team
P - Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)
PK - Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)    
RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)
AP - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

Third Team
P - Steven Clark, Auburn (33)
PK - Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)    
RS - Andre Debose, Florida (53)
AP - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

SEC CHAMPION

Alabama - 182
Georgia - 38
South Carolina - 18
Texas A&M - 4
LSU - 1

EASTERN DIVISION
Georgia (149) - 1570
South Carolina (75) - 1474
Florida (19) - 1300
Vanderbilt - 858
Tennessee - 694
Missouri - 577
Kentucky - 331

WESTERN DIVISION
Alabama (225) - 1681
Texas A&M (11) - 1333
LSU (7) - 1324
Ole Miss - 883
Auburn - 579
Mississippi State - 516
Arkansas - 488

NOTES:

* - Official attendance at 2013 SEC Media Days is 1,239, a new high for the event. The previous high was 1,085 in 2012.
* - 243 voters Is an all-time high for SEC media days.  The previous high was 222 voters in 2012.
* - The top two vote-getters were defensive players: C.J. Mosley, Alabama and Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina.
* - Since 2000, Arkansas' Darren McFadden is the only unanimous selection to the SEC Media Days Team, collecting all 80 votes.
* - Alabama had the most first-team selections this season with 7.  Since 1992, the most players on a first-team were 9 by Alabama in 2011 and 8 by Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009).

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