TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football placed a conference-best nine players on the first-team of the preseason coaches All-SEC team released Wednesday afternoon.
In all, Alabama led the league with 15 players across the three teams. Coaches were not permitted to vote on their own players.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, offensive linemen Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher, and wide receiver Calvin Ridley made the first-team defense. Defensive linemen Da’Shawn Hand and Da’Ron Payne, and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison were named to the first-team defense.
Punter JK Scott earned a spot on the first-team as a specialist.
Running back Bo Scarbrough and linebacker Rashaan Evans earned spots on the second-team. Center Bradley Bozeman, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, cornerback Anthony Averett and cornerback Trevon Diggs (all-purpose) were on the third-team.
Hurts won SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors after accounting for 3,734 yards and 36 total touchdowns.
Williams is making the move from right to left tackle this year, while Pierschbacher is a two-year starter on the offensive line. Ridley had 72 catches for 769 yards and 7 touchdowns last season.
Hand has 7 sacks for his career. As a sophomore last season, Payne totaled 36 tackles, 3 quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Payne added 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Fitzpatrick finished fourth on the team last season with 66 tackles. He added 5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
Harrison finished second on the team with 86 total tackles. Harrison also added 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (1 returned for touchdown), 2 fumble recoveries (1 returned for touchdown) and 7 pass breakups.
Alabama and Florida State open the season in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 2. It’ll be the 51st time Alabama will play a game as the No. 1 team under Saban.
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