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League-High 11 Tigers on Coaches' Preseason Teams
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Published: July 12, 2012, 09:30 AM (CT)
Updated: July 12, 2012, 09:36 AM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU led all Southeastern Conference teams with seven players on the preseason Coaches All-SEC first-team and tied Alabama for the most total All-SEC selections with 11, the league office announced Thursday.

The conference released a first, second and third-teams for offense, defense and specialists. The preseason All-SEC team was voted on by the 14 head coaches in the conference, and coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

LSU's first-team All-SEC players include Alex Hurst on offense, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Reid on defense and Brad Wing and Mathieu on special teams.

The Tigers had three players listed on the second-team and one on the third-team.

Sophomore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., junior offensive tackle Chris Faulk and senior placekicker Drew Alleman were named to the second-team while junior running back Spencer Ware earned a spot on the third-team offense.

Hurst is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, and he is coming off a season in which he earned first-team All-SEC recognition after starting all 14 games and racking up 71.5 knockdowns in 2011.

Montgomery earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 after he led the team with 9.0 sacks and ranked second with 13.5 tackles for a loss.

Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15.0 last season and finished second on the squad with 8.0 sacks.

Reid tied for the team lead in tackles with 76 last season, and he also registered two interceptions, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Wing excelled as a redshirt freshman last season as he averaged 44.4 yards a punt and placed 27 of his 59 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line on the way to earning First-Team All-America and First-Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press.

Mathieu, a junior, was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history.

This marks the ninth straight year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Tuesday through Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

LSU is slated to appear at SEC Media Days on Wednesday in Birmingham from 2:20-5 p.m. with head coach Les Miles, junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Beckham Jr. and Reid scheduled to attend.

The 2012 SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team is listed below:


QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, 6-3, 220, Sr., Greenwood, Ark.
RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Jr., Duncan, S.C.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0, 226, Jr., Missouri City, Texas
WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee, 6-3, 215, Jr., Calhoun, Ga.
WR *Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr., Texarkana, Texas
WR *Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, 6-0, 206, Sr., Austin, Texas
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 6-5, 256, Sr., Marietta, Ga.
OL Alex Hurst, LSU, 6-6, 340, Sr., Bartlett, Tenn.
OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr., Arlington, Texas
OL D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr., Foley, Ala.
OL Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr., Richmond, Ky.
C Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 311, Sr., Germantown, Tenn.

QB Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 211, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr., Geismar, La.
RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr., Centreville, Ala.
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.
WR *Emory Blake, Auburn, 6-2, 197, Sr., Austin, Texas
WR *Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 5-11, 183, So., New Orleans, La.
WR *La'Rod King, Kentucky, 6-4, 222, Sr., Radcliff, Ky.
TE Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 6-3, 236, Sr., Warren, Ark.
OL Alvin Bailey, Arkansas, 6-5, 312, Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
OL Chris Faulk, LSU, 6-6, 325, Jr., Slidell, La.
OL Gabe Jackson, Miss. State, 6-4, 320, Jr., Liberty, Miss.
C T.J. Johnson, South Carolina, 6-6, 319, Sr., Aynor, S.C.

QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 205, Jr., Mobile, Ala.
RB Spencer Ware, LSU, 5-11, 223, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M, 5-11, 220, Sr., Beaumont, Texas
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia, 6-1, 184, So., Valdosta, Ga.
WR T.J. Moe, Missouri, 6-0, 200, Sr., O'Fallon, Mo.
TE Michael Williams, Alabama, 6-6, 269, Sr., Reform, Ala.
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr., Missouri City, Texas
OL Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 305, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
OL Xavier Nixon, Florida, 6-6, 309, Sr., Fayetteville, N.C.
OL Elvis Fisher, Missouri, 6-5, 295, Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla.
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 305, Jr., Kingwood, Texas


DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So., Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-4, 245, Jr., Greenwood, S.C.
DL Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 6-4, 240, Jr., Hialeah, Fla.
DL Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr., West Monroe, La.
ILB *C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 234, Jr., Theodore, Ala.
ILB *Nico Johnson, Alabama, 6-3, 245, Sr., Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M, 6-2, 230, Sr., Schertz, Texas
DB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, 5-9, 175, Jr., New Orleans, La.
DB Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 218, Sr., Donalsonville, Ga.
DB Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 208, Jr., Geismar, La.
DB Johnthan Banks, Miss. State, 6-2, 185, Sr., Maben, Miss.

DL John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 351, Sr., Meriden, Conn.
DL Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-8, 267, Sr., Beaufort, S.C.
DL Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 319, Sr., Brisbane, Australia
DL Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6-3, 305, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
ILB Jon Bostic, Florida, 6-1, 243, Sr., Wellington, Fla.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas, 6-1, 233, Sr., Missouri City, Texas
OLB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina, 6-2, 241, Sr., Rock Hill, S.C.
DB Robert Lester, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Sr., Foley, Ala.
DB D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Greenwood, S.C.
DB Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee, 6-2, 185, Sr., Clinton, La.
DB Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 210, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

DL Josh Boyd, Miss. State, 6-3, 300, Sr., Philadelphia, Miss.
DL *Dominique Easley  , Florida, 6-2, 286, Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.
DL *Abry Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 309, Sr., Warner Robins, Ga.
DL *Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr., Rowlett, Texas
DL *Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 290, Sr., Phoenixville, Pa.
ILB *Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 236, Jr., Newnan, Ga.
ILB *Daren Bates, Auburn, 5-11, 211, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
ILB *Jelani Jenkins, Florida, 6-0, 233, Jr., Olney, Md.
OLB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri, 6-2, 230, Sr., Pflugerville, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, 6-3, 245, So., Gainesville, Ga.
DB Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 196, Jr., Millbrook, Ala.
DB Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss, 5-11, 175, Jr., Miami, Fla.
DB Akeem Auguste, South Carolina, 5-9, 188, Sr., Hollywood, Fla.
DB *E.J. Gaines, Missouri, 5-10, 190, Jr., Independence, Mo.
DB *Sanders Commings, Georgia, 6-2, 217, Sr., Augusta, Ga.


P Brad Wing, LSU, 6-3, 184, So., Melbourne, Australia
PK Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 187, Sr., St. Augustine, Fla.
RS Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, 5-9, 175, Jr., New Orleans, La.
AP Dennis Johnson, Arkansas, 6-0, 180, Jr., Russellville, Ark.

P Steven Clark, Auburn, 6-5, 235, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
PK Drew Alleman, LSU, 5-11, 183, Sr., Lafayette, La.
RS Andre Debose, Florida, 5-11, 186, Jr., Sanford, Fla.
AP Johnthan Banks, Miss. State, 6-2, 185, Sr., Maben, Miss.

P *Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr., Hoover, Ala.
P *Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss, 6-2, 220, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.
PK Zach Hocker, Arkansas, 6-0, 180, Jr., Russellville, Ark.
RS Dustin Harris, Texas A&M, 6-0, 175, Sr., Livingston, Texas
AP Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, 5-9, 197, So., Moncks Corner, S.C.

* Ties were not broken.

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