SEC Football: Breaking Down Coaches' All-SEC Team Hits and Misses
With SEC Media Days fast approaching, All-SEC teams will be front and center in the headlines.
The SEC's coaches released their All-SEC team on Thursday.
The names atop the list aren't surprising. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu were all named to the All-SEC first-team, as expected.
Who were some of the hits and misses of the coaches' All-SEC team? Here are a few thoughts:
T.J. Moe and Malcolm Mitchell Behind La'Rod King
Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe and Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell find themselves on the third team, while Kentucky wide receiver La'Rod King is on the second team.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why.
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Moe established himself as a big-time weapon in the pass-happy Big 12. The rising senior caught 92 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, and he followed that up with a 54-catch, 649-yard season in 2011.
Those are pretty lofty stats when compared to King, who has 1,218 receiving yards for his three-year career.
In Mitchell's case, I assume that he's on the third team simply because his position is a bit of an unknown. In Georgia's preseason depth chart, Mitchell was not listed as a wide receiver, only as a defensive back. With that said, Mitchell will likely switch back to offense once Georgia gets through the early part of the season, while several members of the secondary sit out due to suspension.
As a freshman in 2011, Mitchell established himself as Georgia's top playmaker, catching 45 passes for 665 yards and two touchdowns.
Eddie Lacy as a Second-Team Running Back
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I know Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has a ton of potential. He will also be running behind one of the top offensive lines in the country. However, can we hold off on anointing him as the next coming of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson?
That is, at least until he proves that he can handle the pressure of being an every-down back in the SEC.
Lacy has just 325 career rushing yards against SEC teams, and 562 of his 674 rushing yards last season came after Alabama had already built a lead of eight or more points.
In Richardson's first two seasons playing behind Ingram, he totaled 754 rushing yards vs. SEC opponents—more than twice as much as Lacy.
I'm not saying that Lacy can't be a star in the SEC, but let's see it first.
Where's LSU Defensive Tackle Bennie Logan?
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The coaches' All-SEC team lists 87 players and 13 defensive linemen—none of whom are named Bennie Logan.
While playing in the large shadow cast by Michael Brockers, Logan notched 57 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2011. He may not get the glory, but Logan is a big reason why Tiger defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo have been so successful.
I'd be floored if Logan isn't on this list after the season.
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