HOOVER, Ala.-- Vanderbilt has been projected to finish fifth in the SEC Eastern Division by media attending the 2004 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, the league announced Thursday.
The media picked Georgia as the 2004 Southeastern Conference champion; the Bulldogs received 61 of the 88 votes cast. LSU took 19 votes while Florida had five and Ole Miss, South Carolina and Auburn had one each. Vanderbilt was picked to finish fifth in the East, ahead of Kentucky.
Three Commodores - junior wide receiver Erik Davis, junior defensive end Jovan Haye and senior offensive tackle Justin Geisinger - were named to the 2004 Media Days All-SEC Team, also announced Thursday.
Davis, Haye and Geisinger were Second Team All-SEC recipients in the vote conducted by beat writers and reporters covering the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days in Birmingham.
Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson endorsed the media all-league ballot. "All three players are very deserving. I'm especially happy for Erik and Justin, because they were not included in the coaches' team. We also have several other players who deserve to be considered for this honor"” Johnson said.
Haye, a two-year captain, has been named to the first or second team of nearly every preseason All-SEC ballot. He also has been added to several preseason watch lists for prestigious individual recognition, including the Hendricks and Nagurski awards.
Haye enters the season ater posting one of the finest campaigns ever by a Vanderbilt defensive end. Haye shared the SEC regular-season lead last year with 8.5 sacks and topped the Commodores with 12.5 tackles for loss. SEC coaches named Haye second-team All-SEC in 2003.
Geisinger, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is named to the media All-SEC team after being snubbed by league coaches. The massive 6-4, 330-lb. senior is a two-time captain, and regarded as one of the SEC’s most underrated players. Several preseason publications list Geisinger as one of the nation’s elite offensive tackles. He was recently named to the Outland Trophy preseason watch list.
Davis is coming off a breakout season in 2003 and is one of the SEC’s top returning receivers. He posted team highs with 41 receptions, 638 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches last year.
Click here to see the complete Preseason All-SEC teams as well as the predicted order of finish.