Alabama dominates media All-SEC

HOOVER, Ala. -- The 2011 SEC media days preseason All-SEC Team was announced Friday.

Alabama led the way with nine first-team selections and led all other SEC teams with 16 total selections. Arkansas was second with 14 total selections, but had just two first-team players -- Greg Childs and Jake Bequette.

Florida was the only team that didn't have a single offensive player on one of the three teams. Only four Gators were selected.

There were a couple of surprises, including Ole Miss getting two first-place votes in the West -- one more than a Mississippi State team that placed higher in 2010 -- and Kentucky received a first-place vote in the East.

Alabama was the overwhelming favorite in the West, registering 111 first-place votes, while the Gamecocks dominated the East with 114 first-place votes.

Alabama is predicted to win the SEC for the fourth time since 1992. The previous times (and the actual finishes) were: 1993 (lost in SEC Championship Game), 2000 (tied for fifth in West) and 2010 (fourth in West).

Alabama’s 16 players on the All-SEC Team are the most in any year. This is only the second time in media days history there have been three units on the All-SEC Team (2006).

Alabama’s nine first-team players are the most in any year. The previous high was eight set in 2010 by Alabama and 2009 by Florida.

There were 167 total votes cast.

Here are the results:

SEC Predicted Order of Finish

SEC CHAMPION: Alabama (98), LSU (29), Arkansas (18), South Carolina (14), Georgia (4), Florida (2), Ole Miss (2)

Eastern Division (First-Place Votes)

Team - (First-Place Votes) - Points

1. South Carolina (114) 931

2. Georgia (38) 794

3. Florida (12) 731

4. Tennessee (2) 496

5. Kentucky (1) 340

6. Vanderbilt 215

Western Division (First-Place Votes)

Team - (First-Place Votes) - Points

1. Alabama (111) 925

2. LSU (30) 790

3. Arkansas (23) 717

4. Mississippi State (1) 455

5. Auburn 406

6. Ole Miss (2) 214