SEC Coaches Tap Seven Players

College Football News
Posted Jul 21, 2008

Coaches Choose Seven Players As Consensus Player Selections To Kick Off 2008

By: BE Coleman

Southeastern Conference coaches have tabbed a running back and four linemen as the consensus picks for All-SEC on offense and two players on defense to begin the college nation-wide pre-season voting.

Named were Alabama OL Andre Smith, Arkansas OL Jonathan Luigs, Ole Miss OL Michael Oher, Tennessee OL Anthony Parker and Georgia TB Knowshon Moreno as the unanimous All-SEC Picks on offense to begin 2008.

Georgia's Moreno lit a fire last season as a true freshman performer while finishing second in the conference with a 1334-yard rushing performance that included a 253-yard pass-receiving addition to his totals.

Moreno was an upstart player who excelled all the way last season in helping lead Georgia to a Sugar Bowl victory over Hawaii. Moreno must avoid the sophomore slump and avoid any injury bug in 08.

Parker is a member of Tennessee's nation leading offensive line that allowed the fewest total sacks in the country with four on the season, that saw the Vols get by Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Parker has made 27 starts in his 32 game career in Knoxville.

Alabama's Smith has already been named as a member of the 52nd Annual Playboy Preseason All-America Football Team in May earlier in the spring.

Smith played in 26 games for the Crimson Tide the last two seasons, was a first team All-SEC selection last year. He won the coveted Jacobs Trophy as the most outstanding blocker in the conference.

Ole Miss' Oher has been a mainstay player that every SEC coach wanted when he entered the collegiate game. He is regarded as one of the NFL"s top picks in the 09 Draft at left tackle. As a freshman, Oher earned first-team the freshman All American status.

Arkansas' Luigs was named the 2007 Rimington Trophy award winner as the nation's top center. He has started in all 37 games of his Razorback football career.

Last year, he helped the Razorbacks pave the way for an SEC-leading and school-record 3,725 rushing yards, an average of 286.5 yards per game, which was fourth in the nation.

Both Luigs and Oher are back-to-back first-team selections from the 2007 Coaches All-SEC Team Pre-Season. Both are regarded as top conference draft choices.

On defense the coaches were not as equally decisive in their balloting. Only two players were chosen as consensus picks by the dozen-member voting panel.

DL Greg Hardy of Ole Miss and LB Brandon Spikes of Florida were the lone pair to represent the defense. Hardy led the conference and tied sixth nationally in sacks with 10.0 for 07.

Spikes tied Hardy for sacks last season, but finished second in tackles with 131 at his inside playing position. Florida needs Spikes to lead the troops on a defense that has more questions heading into the 08-campaign trail, that has already lost 50% of it's secondary during summer off season conditioning.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players in the annual balloting in Hoover, AL. this week as the SEC Media Days kicks off in high fashion.–n-

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