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

12 Bulldogs chosen by media for preseason All-SEC

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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