SEC Football: Athlon’s Preseason Teams Show SEC West Dominance
Athlon Sports recently released its four All-SEC preseason teams and if these nominated players are any indication, the SEC West will be dominant once again.
Of the 22 starters named for First Team offense and defense, 15 come from the West, including nine on offense. Of the four specialist positions, three are taken by West players, and Alabama‘s Christion Jones was the selection for kickoff return and punt return. This cannot be welcome news to fans of East teams.
In fact, scanning all four teams would cause alarm to several schools. Kentucky and Vanderbilt had no players on the first or second team. Defending East champion Missouri did not crack the first team roster. Tennessee, with all of the excitement surrounding the program, only garnered four players total across the four teams.
Georgia was the only East team with double-digit representatives (11). South Carolina was next in line with six. Alabama, Auburn and LSU had 14, 11 and 10 respectively, which exceeds the entire East division combined, excluding the Dawgs. Many preseason predictions have Alabama or Auburn playing Georgia or South Carolina in the Georgia Dome in December, so these prognostications appear to be accurate based on Athlon’s point of view.
The division that has claimed six of the last seven SEC titles seem to be running hot once again. Across Athlon’s four teams, one will notice that three quarterbacks, 14 of the 20 offensive linemen, every tight end, and the majority of the defensive lines and secondary members come from the West. The recruiting train is hurtling down the tracks at warp speed for most these schools and Signing Day looks to reinforce West dominance in 2015.
Can the East catch up? It looks like it may be up to the Dawgs or Gamecocks to stop the bleeding this season.