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SEC Releases All-League Team And Standings Picks

crystal_ball_swamiThe media have spoken.  Well, OK, there are clearly some fans among the 1,200 credentialed folks in Birmingham, too.  That said, straight from SEC Media Days, here are the predictions for the 2013 season.


SEC Champ

Alabama 182 votes

Georgia 38 votes

South Carolina 18 votes

Texas A&M 4 votes

LSU 1 vote


SEC East Division

1.  Georgia 1570 votes (149 1st place)

2.  South Carolina 1474 votes (75 1st place)

3.  Florida 1300 votes (19 1st place)

4.  Vanderbilt 858 votes

5.  Tennessee 694 votes

6.  Missouri 577 votes

7.  Kentucky 331 votes


SEC West Division

1.  Alabama 1681 votes (225 1st place)

2.  Texas A&M 1333 votes (11 1st place)

3.  LSU 1324 votes (7 1st place)

4.  Ole Miss 883 votes

5.  Auburn 579 votes

6.  Miss. State 516 votes

7.  Arkansas 488 votes


The All-SEC team predictions are listed below.

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Gators’ 23 seniors end career in The Swamp

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The Gators are hoping to send their seniors out with a win. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

With kickoff against Appalachian State coming up, it’s Senior Day in The Swamp. The Gators have 23 seniors playing their final game in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Here’s a list with a little info about each.

Name: Marcus Gilbert
Position: LT
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale
Career accomplishments: Gilbert has started every game this season and has 27 career starts. He has appeared in 49 games and last season was picked Fourth Team All-SEC by Phil Steele.

Name: Maurice Hurt
Position: RG
Hometown: Milledgeville, Ga.
Career accomplishments: Has 16 starts, including all 10 this season, in 39 career appearances.

Name: Carl Johnson
Position: LG
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Career accomplishments: Johnson has started in 30 of the 47 games he has appeared in.

Name: Emmanuel Moody
Position: RB
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Career accomplishments: A transfer from UCS, Moody ranks second in rushing attempts this season.

Name: Carl Moore
Position: WR
Hometown: Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Career accomplishments: Moore, who transferred from Sierra Community College, is third on the team in receptions this season. He played in all but one game in 2008, his first season with the team.

Name: Mike Pouncey
Position: C
Hometown: Lakeland
Career accomplishments: Named to the Outland Trophy watch list last season, Pouncey earned AP Second Team All-American Honors. He was also an AP First-Team All-SEC pick by the conference and Phil Steele. He has appeared in 51 career games, starting 42.

Name: Solomon Schoonover
Position: WR
Hometown: Aventura
Career accomplishments: A walk-on, Schoonover plays WR on the scout team.

Name: Justin Williams
Position: WR
Hometown: Folkston, Ga.
Career accomplishments: Played safety last season before returning to receiver this year. Has appeared in 44 games.

Name: Brandon Antwine
Position: NT
Hometown:Garland, Texas
Career accomplishments: Primarily a backup, Antwine has appeared in 32 games and started three.

Name: Gary Beemer
Position: DT
Hometown: Valrico
Career accomplishments: Named to the 2009 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Name: Ahmad Black
Position: SS
Hometown: Lakeland
Career accomplishments: Black leads the Gators with 93 tackles this season and has three interceptions. He is first in the SEC and tied for 10th nationally among active players with 11 career interceptions. Black earned Fourth-Team All-SEC honors from Phil Steele last season and was an Honorable Mention AP All-SEC pick.

Name: Miguel Carodine
Position: S
Hometown: Gainesville
Career accomplishments: Has appeared in four career games.

Name: Lorenzo Edwards
Position: LB
Hometown: Orlando
Career accomplishments: A back-up linebacker, Edwards starts on punts and kickoff returns. He has 42 career appearances.

Name: Brandon Hicks
Position: LB
Hometown: Jacksonville
Career accomplishments: Has appeared in 50 games, which is more than any other player on the Gators’ defense. Matched his career high of two sacks in a game this season at Tennessee.

Name: A.J. Jones
Position: LB
Hometown: Tampa
Career accomplishments: A starter in 39 of his 48 appearances, Jones it tied for fourth on the team this season with 44 tackles.

Name: Duke Lemmens
Position: DE
Hometown: Westlake Village, Calif.
Career accomplishments: In his first year as a starter, Lemmens leads the Gators with four sacks and five quarterback hurries. He has started 11 games and appeared in 42.

Name: Lawrence Marsh
Position: NT
Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
Career accomplishments: Marsh has 18 starts in 39 appearances in his career.

Name: Terron Sanders
Position: DT
Hometown: Bradenton
Career accomplishments: Sanders has started in six of the nine games he appeared in this season. He had a career-high five tackles at Alabama on Oct. 2.

Name: Shawn Schmieder
Position: DT
Hometown: Jacksonville
Career accomplishments: A walk-on, Schmieder has appeared in 14 games.

Name: Justin Trattou
Position: DE
Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.
Career accomplishments: In his first year as a starter, Trattou is second on the team with nine tackles for a loss. That includes a streak of seven games that he recorded on. Trattou has 28 starts in 49 career appearances.

Name: Glen Watson
Position: DT
Hometown: Pensacola
Career accomplishments: A walk-on, Watson has appeared in two games.

Name: John Fairbanks
Position: LS
Hometown: Celebration
Career accomplishments: The center on field goal unit, Fairbanks has played in all 10 games this season. He has appeared in 38 career games.

Name: Chas Henry
Position: P/K
Hometown: Dallas, Ga.
Career accomplishments: A Ray Guy Award semifinalist for the third consecutive year, Henry leads the nation in punting this season. Last season he was selected Second-Team All-SEC by the AP and Third-Team All-SEC by Phil Steele.

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Todd Wade’s Take on How to Beat Auburn

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Ole Miss hosts the #1 BCS ranked Auburn Tigers as they come to Oxford in hopes of remaining undefeated.  A loud showing by the Ole Miss fan base and continuous noise when Auburn is on offense could make things difficult for the Tigers. All of Auburn’s big wins came at home. They narrowly escaped the likes of Kentucky and Mississippi State when playing on the road. Hopefully, they won’t escape Oxford. In order for Ole Miss to win, here’s what needs to happen:

DEFENSE: The Ole Miss defense has its work cut out for it as it will take a systematically aggressive approach to stop Heisman Candidate Cam Newton.  Each defender in the front seven for Ole Miss will have to play fast and hold their gaps to be successful in containing Newton.  The Ole Miss secondary will have to play tight man coverage the cover guys cannot afford to bite on the play action. In short, the defense must play disciplined football the entire game. On every play.

OFFENSE: Quarterback Jermiah Masoli will take the brunt of the offensive load once again in the running game and in converting third downs. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking down field for Melvin Harris and Markieth Summers. Masoli needs to play like he did last week, but he’ll need help from the running game. The Rebels must run the ball between the tackles and continuously move the chains.  Time of possession will be key in this game.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The special teams touchdown by Arkansas hurt bad last week. Ole Miss must avoid collapses in punt coverage against Auburn if wants a chance to win this game.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: I can’t emphasize enough the effect a loud and boisterous crowd inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium could have on Auburn’s offense. Auburn’s big wins came at home. But, they’re not on the Plains anymore. Hopefully, Rebel fans will remind them of this throughout the game.

-Todd Wade
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