Headlined by first-team selection Da’Rick Rogers, five Tennessee players were named to the preseason Coaches All-SEC team, the league announced Thursday.
The Vols fell six short of prohibitive favorites Alabama and LSU, which posted 11 apiece, and had the eighth-most players selected.
Rogers, a junior wide receiver and AP All-SEC selection in 2011, is joined on the first team by fellow receivers Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton and Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope, who tied in the voting. Rogers led the conference with 67 receptions a year ago and tallied 1,040 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Rogers’ wideout counterpart at UT, Justin Hunter, was a second-team selection by the coaches despite having season-ending ACL surgery. Before seeing his 2011 season cut short in the third game, Hunter caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vols’ other representative on the second team was senior defensive back Prentiss Waggner, while senior offensive lineman Dallas Thomas and sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson were third-team picks.
Quarterback Tyler Bray was left on the outside looking in as Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson (first team), Georgia’s Aaron Murray (second) and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron (third) occupied the three quarterback slots.
The Coaches All-SEC team was announced in advance of SEC Football Media Days held next week at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Teams
First Team Offense: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas; RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina; RB Knile Davis, Arkansas; WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee; WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M; TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn; OL Alex Hurst, LSU; OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M; OL D.J. Fluker, Alabama; OL Larry Warford, Kentucky; C Barrett Jones, Alabama.
Second-Team Offense: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia; RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama; RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt; WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee; WR Emory Blake, Auburn; WR *Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU; WR *LaRod King, Kentucky; TE Chris Gragg, Arkansas; OL Alvin Bailey, Arkansas; OL Chance Warmack, Alabama; OL Chris Faulk, LSU; OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State; C T.J. Johnson, South Carolina.
Third-Team Offense: QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama; RB Spencer Ware, LSU; RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M; WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia; WR T.J. Moe, Missouri; TE Michael Williams, Alabama; OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M; OL Dallas Thomas, Tennessee; OL Xavier Nixon, Florida; OL Elvis Fisher, Missouri; C Travis Swanson, Arkansas.
First-Team Defense: DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; DL Sam Montgomery, LSU; DL Corey Lemonier, Auburn; DL Barkevious Mingo, LSU; ILB C.J. Mosley. Alabama; ILB Nico Johnson, Alabama; OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia; OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M; DB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU; DB Bacarri Rambo, Georgia; DB Eric Reid, LSU; DB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State.
Second-Team Defense: DL John Jenkins, Georgia; DL Devin Taylor, South Carolina; DL Jesse Williams, Alabama; DL Sharrif Floyd, Florida; ILB Jon Bostic, Florida; OLB Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas; OLB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina; DB Robert Lester, Alabama; DB D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina; DB Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee; DB Matt Elam, Florida.
Third-Team Defense: Josh Boyd, Mississippi State; DL *Dominique Easley, Florida; DL Abry Jones, Georgia; DL Damontre Moore, Texas A&M; DL Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt; ILB *Alec Ogletree, Georgia; ILB *Daren Bates, Auburn; ILB *Jelani Jenkins, Florida; OLB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri; OLB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee; DB Dee Milliner, Alabama; DB Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss; DB Akeem Auguste, South Carolina; DB E.J. Gaines, Missouri; DB Sanders Commings, Georgia.
First-Team Specialists: P Brad Wing, LSU; PK Caleb Sturgis, Florida; RS Tyrann Mathieu, LSU; AP Dennis Johnson, Arkansas.
Second-Team Specialists: P Steven Clark, Auburn; PK Drew Alleman, LSU; RS Andre Debose, Florida; AP Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State.
Third-Team Specialists: P Dylan Breeding, Arkansas; P Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss; PK Zach Hocker, Arkansas; RS Dustin Harris, Texas A&M ; AP Bruce Ellington, South Carolina.