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Post Coaches preseason all-SEC teams

Thursday July 20, 2006

The SEC coaches have released their preseason all-SEC teams, and Georgia has placed 12 players on them. Auburn leads all teams with 14 selections. Interestingly, there was only one unanimous first team selection (Mississippi LB Patrick Willis). The SEC is waiting for some stars to step up.

Several of the selections were quality players who will be coming back from serious injury. It would be an amazing story if Prothro played this season. Broussard is a key for LSU. Andre Caldwell was scary good early last year. Can they overcome those injuries to play at an all-SEC level this year?

As expected, DE Quentin Moses leads the Bulldog delegation on the first team. Surprising to some might be who joined him on the first team. The supposedly-depleted Georgia offensive line placed C Nick Jones and OT Daniel Inman on the first team. Former walk-on Tra Battle is a first-team safety.

I know some will be upset that Thomas Brown was the only Dawg RB on the list, and he was only third-team. Blame it on the rotation or whatever you’d like, but the backs as a unit or as individuals have to be more productive and consistent to move past the other guys on the list.

Some might also wonder where Massaquoi is. He wasn’t among the top 10 in RPG or YPG. He also had very few impact/highlight catches that would get the attention of voters. You have to do more than get 3 or 4 catches a game and 50-60 yards. Good hands guy as a freshman, and there we are.

Now as a more experienced player he should expect more chances each game and the opportunity to have a bigger impact on games. It’s not automatic though as he’ll face double-teams and tight coverage until other threats step up.

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