Tyann Mathieu is overrated as a corner, there is no doubt he belongs there for special teams, but the starting corner for the SEC? There are several corners ahead of him that can shut down their side of the field, while Mathieu can only shut down the SHORT side of the field. He is fast enough to cover deep down field, but his height was a major issue in the title game, as was jumping, timing, and severely struggled on man on man coverage. I can think of several corners that are better on the same side of the field, much less both sides. Mathieu's skills were also quieted on special teams against the tougher competition. All in all, he has been overrated since day one, and all this year will show is how much so...
The SEC’s coaches have named their preseason All-SEC squads and the schools with the most representatives shouldn’t surprise. Alabama and LSU each had 11 players across the first-, second-, and third-teams with LSU placing a league-high seven players on the first unit.
You can read the full list here, but here’s a breakdown by school of who was represented:
|School||1st Team||2nd Team||3rd Team||TOTAL||Offense||Defense||Special Teams|
* It’s a bit surprising to see Texas A&M with six selections and Missouri with four. As we all know, most of these ballots are filled out by school’s sports information directors with a final once-over — occasionally — provided by the coaches. Being newcomers, I expected fewer players from those schools to be listed since no one in the SEC has really seen much of them. Someone went digging through some preseason magazines it seems.
* If not for placekicker Caleb Sturgis, Florida would have been without a first-team selection for the second-straight year… which speaks to the lack of star talent left for Will Muschamp by Urban Meyer.
* LSU had four first-team players on defense: Sam Montgomery (DL), Barkevious Mingo (DL), Tyrann Mathieu (DB) and Eric Reid (DB).
* You’re preseason All-SEC quarterbacks — according to the coaches — are Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (first team), Aaron Murray of Georgia (second team), and AJ McCarron of Alabama (third team).