BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU led all Southeastern Conference teams with seven players on the preseason Coaches All-SEC first-team and tied Alabama for the most total All-SEC selections with 11, the league office announced Thursday.
The conference released a first, second and third-teams for offense, defense and specialists. The preseason All-SEC team was voted on by the 14 head coaches in the conference, and coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.
LSU’s first-team All-SEC players include Alex Hurst on offense, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Reid on defense and Brad Wing and Mathieu on special teams.
The Tigers had three players listed on the second-team and one on the third-team.
Sophomore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., junior offensive tackle Chris Faulk and senior placekicker Drew Alleman were named to the second-team while junior running back Spencer Ware earned a spot on the third-team offense.
Hurst is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, and he is coming off a season in which he earned first-team All-SEC recognition after starting all 14 games and racking up 71.5 knockdowns in 2011.
Montgomery earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 after he led the team with 9.0 sacks and ranked second with 13.5 tackles for a loss.
Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15.0 last season and finished second on the squad with 8.0 sacks.
Reid tied for the team lead in tackles with 76 last season, and he also registered two interceptions, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Wing excelled as a redshirt freshman last season as he averaged 44.4 yards a punt and placed 27 of his 59 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line on the way to earning First-Team All-America and First-Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press.
Mathieu, a junior, was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history.
This marks the ninth straight year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Tuesday through Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
LSU is slated to appear at SEC Media Days on Wednesday from 2:30-5 p.m. with head coach Les Miles, junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Beckham Jr. and Reid scheduled to attend.
2012 SEC COACHES PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC TEAM
QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas 6-3 220 Sr. Greenwood, Ark.
RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 6-0 218 Jr. Duncan, S.C.
RB Knile Davis Arkansas 6-0 226 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
WR Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee 6-3 215 Jr. Calhoun, Ga.
WR *Cobi Hamilton Arkansas 6-3 209 Sr. Texarkana, Texas
WR *Ryan Swope Texas A&M 6-0 206 Sr. Austin, Texas
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 6-5 256 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
OL Alex Hurst LSU 6-6 340 Sr. Bartlett, Tenn.
OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
OL D.J. Fluker Alabama 6-6 335 Jr. Foley, Ala.
OL Larry Warford Kentucky 6-3 343 Sr. Richmond, Ky.
C Barrett Jones Alabama 6-5 311 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.
QB Aaron Murray Georgia 6-1 211 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
RB Eddie Lacy Alabama 6-0 220 Jr. Geismar, La.
RB Zac Stacy Vanderbilt 5-9 210 Sr. Centreville, Ala.
WR Justin Hunter Tennessee 6-4 200 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
WR *Emory Blake Auburn 6-2 197 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR *Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU 5-11 183 So. New Orleans, La.
WR *La’Rod King Kentucky 6-4 222 Sr. Radcliff, Ky.
TE Chris Gragg Arkansas 6-3 236 Sr. Warren, Ark.
OL Alvin Bailey Arkansas 6-5 312 Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL Chance Warmack Alabama 6-3 320 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
OL Chris Faulk LSU 6-6 325 Jr. Slidell, La.
OL Gabe Jackson Miss. State 6-4 320 Jr. Liberty, Miss.
C T.J. Johnson South Carolina 6-6 319 Sr. Aynor, S.C.
QB A.J. McCarron Alabama 6-4 205 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
RB Spencer Ware LSU 5-11 223 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Christine Michael Texas A&M 5-11 220 Sr. Beaumont, Texas
WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia 6-1 184 So. Valdosta, Ga.
WR T.J. Moe Missouri 6-0 200 Sr. O’Fallon, Mo.
TE Michael Williams Alabama 6-6 269 Sr. Reform, Ala.
OL Jake Matthews Texas A&M 6-5 305 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
OL Dallas Thomas Tennessee 6-5 305 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
OL Xavier Nixon Florida 6-6 309 Sr. Fayetteville, N.C.
OL Elvis Fisher Missouri 6-5 295 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
C Travis Swanson Arkansas 6-5 305 Jr. Kingwood, Texas
DL Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 6-6 256 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Sam Montgomery LSU 6-4 245 Jr. Greenwood, S.C.
DL Corey Lemonier Auburn 6-4 240 Jr. Hialeah, Fla.
DL Barkevious Mingo LSU 6-5 240 Jr. West Monroe, La.
ILB *C.J. Mosley Alabama 6-2 234 Jr. Theodore, Ala.
ILB *Nico Johnson Alabama 6-3 245 Sr. Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones Georgia 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter Texas A&M 6-2 230 Sr. Schertz, Texas
DB Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
DB Bacarri Rambo Georgia 6-0 218 Sr. Donalsonville, Ga.
DB Eric Reid LSU 6-2 208 Jr. Geismar, La.
DB Johnthan Banks Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
DL John Jenkins Georgia 6-3 351 Sr. Meriden, Conn.
DL Devin Taylor South Carolina 6-8 267 Sr. Beaufort, S.C.
DL Jesse Williams Alabama 6-4 319 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
DL Sharrif Floyd Florida 6-3 305 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
ILB Jon Bostic Florida 6-1 243 Sr. Wellington, Fla.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith Arkansas 6-1 233 Sr. Missouri City, Texas
OLB DeVonte Holloman South Carolina 6-2 241 Sr. Rock Hill, S.C.
DB Robert Lester Alabama 6-2 210 Sr. Foley, Ala.
DB D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB Prentiss Waggner Tennessee 6-2 185 Sr. Clinton, La.
DB Matt Elam Florida 5-10 210 Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
DL Josh Boyd Miss. State 6-3 300 Sr. Philadelphia, Miss.
DL *Dominique Easley Florida 6-2 286 Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
DL *Abry Jones Georgia 6-3 309 Sr. Warner Robins, Ga.
DL *Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6-4 250 Jr. Rowlett, Texas
DL *Rob Lohr Vanderbilt 6-4 290 Sr. Phoenixville, Pa.
ILB *Alec Ogletree Georgia 6-3 236 Jr. Newnan, Ga.
ILB *Daren Bates Auburn 5-11 211 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
ILB *Jelani Jenkins Florida 6-0 233 Jr. Olney, Md.
OLB Zaviar Gooden Missouri 6-2 230 Sr. Pflugerville, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson Tennessee 6-3 245 So. Gainesville, Ga.
DB Dee Milliner Alabama 6-1 196 Jr. Millbrook, Ala.
DB Charles Sawyer Ole Miss 5-11 175 Jr. Miami, Fla.
DB Akeem Auguste South Carolina 5-9 188 Sr. Hollywood, Fla.
DB *E.J. Gaines Missouri 5-10 190 Jr. Independence, Mo.
DB *Sanders Commings Georgia 6-2 217 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
P Brad Wing LSU 6-3 184 So. Melbourne, Australia
PK Caleb Sturgis Florida 5-11 187 Sr. St. Augustine, Fla.
RS Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
AP Dennis Johnson Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Russellville, Ark.
P Steven Clark Auburn 6-5 235 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
PK Drew Alleman LSU 5-11 183 Sr. Lafayette, La.
RS Andre Debose Florida 5-11 186 Jr. Sanford, Fla.
AP Johnthan Banks Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
P *Dylan Breeding Arkansas 6-1 211 Sr. Hoover, Ala.
P *Tyler Campbell Ole Miss 6-2 220 Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
PK Zach Hocker Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Russellville, Ark.
RS Dustin Harris Texas A&M 6-0 175 Sr. Livingston, Texas
AP Bruce Ellington South Carolina 5-9 197 So. Moncks Corner, S.C.
* - Ties