12 Bulldogs chosen by media for preseason All-SEC

Georgia linebacker D'Andre Walker recorded 40 tackles in 2017, tied for seventh on the team, but ranked second in tackles for loss (13.5) and in sacks (5.5). Defensive back J.R. Reed recorded 79 tackles in 2017, second on the team behind Roquan Smith, who left for the NFL. Reed also recorded five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. Cornerback Deandre Baker ranks second among 2018 returning players in tackles and interceptions in 2017. Linebacker Monty Rice recorded 22 tackles as a freshman

In a vote of SEC media who attended the conference’s annual media days this week, held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, 12 Georgia Bulldogs were chosen either first-team, second-team or third-team preseason All-SEC.

Defensive backs Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed and place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were the headliners, as each was a first-team selection.

Five Bulldogs made second-team offense: running back D’Andre Swift, wide receiver Terry Godwin, tight end Isaac Nauta and offensive linemen Andrew Thomas and Lamont Gaillard. Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and linebacker D’Andre Walker made second-team defense. Mecole Hardman was chosen second-team return specialist.

Jake Fromm was tied with Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State as the third-team quarterback, behind Drew Lock of Missouri and Jarrett Stidham of Auburn.

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Here are the full selections:

2018 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

OFFENSE

>First team

QB Drew Lock, Missouri

RB Damien Harris, Alabama

RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky

WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

OL Jonah Williams, Alabama

OL Greg Little, Ole Miss

OL Martez Ivey, Florida

OL Trey Smith, Tennessee

C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

>Second team

QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia

RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

WR Terry Godwin, Georgia 

WR Ryan Davis, Auburn

TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia  

OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia  

OL Lester Cotton, Alabama

OL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas

OL Garrett Brumfield, LSU

C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia   

>Third team

*QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

*QB Jake Fromm, Georgia   

RB Aeris Williams, Mississippi State

RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida

WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri

TE C.J. Conrad, Kentucky

OL Matt Womack, Alabama

OL Zack Bailey, South Carolina

OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss

OL Marquel Harrell, Auburn

C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

DEFENSE

>First team

DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama

DL Cece Jefferson, Florida

DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

LB Devin White, LSU

LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama

LB Mack Wilson, Alabama

DB Deandre Baker, Georgia   

DB Greedy Williams, LSU

DB J.R. Reed, Georgia   

DB Deionte Thompson, Alabama

>Second team

DL Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia   

DL Terry Beckner, Missouri

DL Derrick Brown, Auburn

DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama

LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

LB Deshaun Davis, Auburn

LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia   

DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky

DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

DB Jamel Dean, Auburn

DB CJ Henderson, Florida

>Third team

DL Dontavius Russell, Auburn

DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU

DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn

*DL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M

*DL Landis Durham, Texas A&M

LB Dylan Moses, Alabama

LB David Reese, Florida

LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas

DB Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State

DB Marco Wilson, Florida

DB Javaris Davis, Auburn

DB Santos Ramirez, Arkansas

SPECIALISTS

>First team

P Corey Fatony, Missouri

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia   

RS Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

AP Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

>Second team

P Joseph Charlton, South Carolina

PK Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M

RS Mecole Hardman, Georgia   

AP Trevon Diggs, Alabama

>Third team

P Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU

PK Tucker McCann, Missouri

RS Trevon Diggs, Alabama

AP Kadarius Toney, Florida

* - Indicates a tie

Kirby Paul Smart was born Dec. 23, 1975 in Montgomery, Alabama. Smart graduated from Bainbridge (Ga.) High School. His HS coach was his dad, Sonny Smart. Smart played football at Georgia from 1995-98 and graduated with an undergraduate business degree in 1998. He earned a master's degree from Florida State in 2003. Smart was a first-team All-SEC choice as a senior at Georgia in 1998. A safety, Smart intercepted 13 passes while playing for the Bulldogs. Smart intercepted six passes as a junior and five as

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