Not surprisingly, one of this year’s four playoff participants is very well represented on its conference’s all-league team.
The SEC released its first- and second-team all-conference teams Tuesday afternoon, with Alabama pacing all schools with 10 players total on the two squads. The 10 selections are the most since the Tide garnered 11 in 2011.
Seven of UA’s All-SEC selections were first-teamers. Florida was next with three first-team selections, while six teams had two apiece: Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Kentucky was the only team that failed to place a player on the first-team; in fact, UK failed to place a player on either team, an indictment of a coaching staff that has consistently brought in high-rated classes.
Both Ole Miss and Texas A&M had five second-teamers. Those two also had the second-most overall selections with seven each.
Individually, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III, projected to be one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL draft should he do the expected and leave the Gators early, was named first-team All-SEC for the third consecutive season. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper garnered first-team honors for the second straight season. Additionally, LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry jumped from second-team in 2014 to first-team this year.