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Phil Steele's preseason All-SEC teams

5/24/2012

Phil Steele has released his 2012 preseason All-SEC teams [PDF], and the first unit is dominated by Alabama and LSU players.

Of the 28 spots on the first team, 12 are occupied by players from Alabama and LSU, and that counts special teams. Alabama placed six players on the first team and LSU five, although Tyrann Mathieu was named as both a cornerback and punt returner.

The Alabama players making the first team were offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, offensive guard Chance Warmack, center Barrett Jones, noseguard Jesse Williams and linebackers C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson. In addition to Mathieu, the LSU players earning first-team honors were offensive tackle Alex Hurst, defensive end Sam Montgomery, safety Eric Reid and punter Brad Wing.

The biggest surprise to me in looking over Steele's top four teams was that LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo was only third team. Mingo tied for third in the SEC last season with 15 tackles for loss. Also, Florida defensive end Dominique Easley was only fourth team, but Easley did tear his ACL in the last game of the regular season last year. Tennessee's Tyler Bray was not selected among the top four quarterbacks.

Here's a look at the entire first team:

OFFENSE

QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

RB Marcus Lattimore, S. Carolina

RB Knile Davis, Arkansas

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee

WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

C Barrett Jones, Alabama

OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

OT Alex Hurst, LSU

DEFENSE

DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

DT John Jenkins, Georgia

DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn

LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB Nico Johnson, Alabama

LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M

CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

S Eric Reid, LSU

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Caleb Sturgis, Florida

P Brad Wing, LSU

KR Tre Mason, Auburn

PR Tyrann Mathieu, LSU