July 17, 2014
Sammie Coates is on the media's All-SEC first team
By Charles Goldberg
The media has mostly been wrong, you know, missing on who would win the Southeastern Conference football title, as in 18 of the last 22 years.
Thursday, the media said Auburn had 13 players worthy of preseason mention, but also said the defending SEC champions would finish second in the West as the annual SEC Media Days came to a close. South Carolina was picked to win the SEC East.
Auburn shouldn't be too bothered by the team predictions. Last year, the Tigers were picked to finish fifth in the SEC West, but won the division title, the conference title and played in the national championship game.
This year they'll carry more acclaim into the season.
Thirteen Tigers were named to the media's All-SEC teams, including first-teamers Nick Marshall, the quarterback; Sammie Coates, a wide receiver; Reese Dismukes, the center; and Gabe Wright, a defensive lineman.
Three more were named to the All-SEC second-team: tight end C.J. Uzomah, guard Alex Kozan and defensive back Robenson Therezie.
Named to the third team were running back Corey Grant, offensive lineman Chad Slade, defensive lineman Montravius Adams, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, defensive back Jonathan Mincy and defensive lineman Carl Lawson, who may miss the season following knee surgery.
This year's All-SEC teams showed an uptick for Auburn. The Tigers didn't have a first-teamer last year, and only six won any preseason honors at Media Days. This year, Auburn had those four first-teams and 13 Tigers on either the All-SEC first, second, third teams.
Predicted order of finish
Ole Miss 1,069
Miss. State 890
Texas A&M 791
South Carolina 1,895
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine