UT's Berry, UGA's Green among preseason All-SEC unanimous picks

UT's Berry, UGA's Green among preseason All-SEC unanimous picks

July 17th, 2009 by David Paschall in Sports - College

The University of Tennessee's Eric Berry, and the University of Georgia's AJ Green. AP Photos

Southeastern Conference football coaches echoed the obvious Thursday afternoon.

Florida is overflowing with talent.

The defending national champion Gators had 16 players selected to the SEC preseason first, second and third teams, with eight first-teamers. League coaches voted on the teams for a sixth consecutive year in conjunction with media days, which takes place next week in Hoover, Ala.

Florida's haul topped Auburn's 14 preseason selections in 2006 and LSU's 14 last season. LSU had 10 players this time, followed by Alabama and Georgia with nine apiece and Tennessee and Ole Miss with seven each.

Auburn had just three preseason picks, three fewer than Kentucky and two fewer than Vanderbilt. Auburn's total was one note of intrigue Thursday, as were the underwhelming third-team quarterback selections of South Carolina's Stephen Garcia and Kentucky's Mike Hartline.

There were three unanimous SEC first-team players, and none were named Tim Tebow. The Florida quarterback was a first-team selection, but the unanimous picks were Alabama receiver Julio Jones, LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry.

Berry was Tennessee's lone first-team selection, but offensive linemen Josh McNeil and Chris Scott, defensive lineman Dan Williams and linebacker Rico McCoy were voted to the second team. Former Baylor School offensive lineman Jacques McClendon made the third team.

Georgia was represented on the first team by receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Rennie Curran. The Bulldogs also had four second-team picks: offensive linemen Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn, defensive lineman Geno Atkins and defensive back Prince Miller.