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2022 Preseason All-SEC football team: Alabama leads the way as Bryce Young tops Hendon Hooker for QB honors

With the SEC Media Days officially in the rearview mirror, the conference’s media members are voting on who they think will be this year’s best players. The All-SEC teams were released on Friday as voted on by the media at the four-day event earlier this week at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 

Alabama’s Bryce Young — the reigning Heisman Trophy winner — topped Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker for First-Team All-SEC honors at quarterback. His teammate, edge rusher and Heisman candidate Will Anderson Jr., was named to the first team at linebacker as the Crimson Tide placed 10 players on the first team

In all, Alabama chimed in with the most All-SEC picks with 20, while defending national champion Georgia and SEC West upstart Texas A&M placed nine players on the three-team list. 

Here’s a look at the entire list of preseason All-SEC players heading into the 2022 season:

First-team offense

QB: Bryce Young, Alabama

RB: Tank Bigsby, Auburn

RB: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama 

WR: Kayshon Boutte, LSU 

WR: Jermaine Burton, Alabama

TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia 

OL: Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama 

OL: Warren McClendon, Georgia

OL: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida

OL: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss

C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas

First-team defense

DL: Jalen Carter, Georgia

DL: BJ Ojulari, LSU 

DL: Derick Hall, Auburn 

DL: Byron Young, Tennessee

LB: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

LB: Nolan Smith, Georgia

LB: Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama 

DB: Jordan Battle, Alabama 

DB: Kelee Ringo, Georgia

DB: Eli Ricks, Alabama

DB: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas

First-team special teams

P: Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M

PK: Will Reichard, Alabama

RS: Kearis Jackson, Georgia

AP: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama 

Second-team offense

QB: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

RB: Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky

RB: Devon Achane, Texas A&M

WR: Cedric Tillman, Tennessee

WR: Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss

TE: Cameron Latu, Alabama  

OL: Layden Robinson, Texas A&M

OL: Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky 

OL: Darnell Wright, Tennessee

OL: Javion Cohen, Alabama

C: Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia

Second-team defense

DL: Zacch Pickens, South Carolina

DL: D.J. Dale, Alabama

DL: Ali Gaye, LSU

DL: Colby Wooden, Auburn 

LB: Bumper Pool, Arkansas 

LB: Dallas Turner, Alabama 

LB: Brenton Cox Jr., Florida

DB: Cam Smith, South Carolina 

DB: Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M 

DB: Christopher Smith, Georgia 

DB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State 

Second-team special teams

P: Oscar Chapman, Auburn

PK: Anders Carlson, Auburn  

RS: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M 

AP: Devon Achane, Texas A&M

Third-team offense

QB: Will Levis, Kentucky

RB: Zach Evans, Ole Miss

RB: Kenny McIntosh, Georgia

WR: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

WR: Josh Vann, South Carolina  

TE: Jaheim Bell, South Carolina

OL: Brady Latham, Arkansas

OL: Tyler Steen, Alabama

OL: Javon Foster, Missouri

*OL: Jeremy James, Ole Miss

*OL: Kendall Randolph, Alabama

C: Cooper Mays, Tennessee

Third-team defense

DL: Gervon Dexter, Florida

DL: Justin Eboigbe, Alabama

DL: Maason Smith, LSU 

DL: McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M

LB: Owen Pappoe, Auburn 

LB: Ventrell Miller, Florida   

LB: Jeremy Banks, Tennessee

DB: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

DB: Trey Dean III, Florida

DB: Trevon Flowers, Tennessee 

DB: Malachi Moore, Alabama 

Third-team special teams

P: Paxton Brooks, Tennessee 

PK: Harrison Mevis, Missouri 

RS: JoJo Earle, Alabama  

AP: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

(*) Indicates a tie

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