Media names Osemwegie first-team preseason All-SEC

Moses Osemwegie (B. Wiseman)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers, with 16 starters returning from last year's 10-3 team, has been predicted to win the Southeastern Conference Championship by media voting at the 2005 SEC Football Media Days, which concluded Friday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Vanderbilt linebacker Moses Osemwegie was named to the preseason All-SEC team.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers, with 16 starters returning from last year's 10-3 team, has been predicted to win the Southeastern Conference Championship by media voting at the 2005 SEC Football Media Days, concluded today at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

The 2005 SEC Football Media Days was the highest attendence in the 21 years of SEC football media days. The media days event drew an attendance of 643, which was larger than last year's attendance of 550.

The Vols, last year's SEC Eastern Division Champions, were listed on 37 of the 87 ballots, while fellow Eastern Division rival Florida was listed on 21 ballots. LSU was predicted to win the league title on 16 entries while Georgia made six ballots followed by Auburn with four, Alabama two and Ole Miss one.

In the Eastern Division race, the Vols were listed first on 49 of the 87 ballots while Florida placed second (29 first place votes), Georgia third (nine first place votes), South Carolina fourth, Vanderbilt fifth and Kentucky sixth.

In the Western Division race, LSU was predicted to win the championship on 62 of 87 ballots while Auburn was second (12 first place votes), Alabama third (12 first place votes), Arkansas fourth, Ole Miss fifth (one first place vote) and Mississippi State sixth.

On the All-SEC Team, Florida led all teams with nine total selections followed by Tennessee with eight, LSU and Auburn with seven apiece. Georgia and Ole Miss were the next highest with three selections. Every SEC school had someone make either the first and/or second team. Auburn led in first-team selections with six followed by Tennessee with four while LSU, Florida and Alabama each had three.


2005 SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(As voted by attending media)
(Number of votes in parenthesis) (87 total voters)

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE Leonard Pope (68) Georgia 6-7 250 Jr. Americus, Ga.
OL #Marcus McNeill (84) Auburn 6-9 337 Sr. Decatur, Ga.
OL Andrew Whitworth (68) LSU 6-7 325 Sr. West Monroe, La.
OL Max Jean-Gilles (63) Georgia 6-4 340 Sr. Miami, Fla.
OL Arron Sears (53) Tennessee 6-4 338 Jr. Russellville, Ala.
C Mike Degory (78) Florida 6-6 306 Sr. Palm Bay, Fla.
WR Courtney Taylor (55) Auburn 6-2 204 Jr. Carrollton, Ga.
WR Chad Jackson (36) Florida 6-1 202 Jr. Hoover, Ala.
QB Chris Leak (66) Florida 6-0 195 Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
RB Gerald Riggs, Jr. (62) Tennessee 6-0 217 Sr. Chattanooga, Tenn.
RB Jerious Norwood (57) Miss. State 6-0 202 Sr. Brandon, Miss.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE Cooper Wallace (11) Auburn 6-4 265 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
OL Tre' Stallings (17) Ole Miss 6-4 317 Sr. Magnolia, Miss.
OL Cody Douglas (11) Tennessee 6-4 330 Sr. LaMarque, Texas
OL Randy Hand (7) Florida 6-6 305 Sr. Fort Myers, Fla.
OL Zac Tubbs (6) Arkansas 6-6 358 Sr. Cullman, Ala.
C JB Closner (8) Alabama 6-4 290 Sr. San Antonio, Texas
WR Andre Caldwell (34) Florida 6-1 195 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
WR Skyler Green (17) LSU 5-10 195 Sr. Westwego, La.
QB Brodie Croyle (10) Alabama 6-3 205 Sr. Rainbow City, Ala.
QB Jay Cutler (10) Vanderbilt 6-4 225 Sr. Santa Claus, Ind.
RB Kenneth Darby (26) Alabama 5-11 205 Jr. Huntsville, Ala.
RB Alley Broussard (18) LSU 6-0 233 Jr. Lafayette, La.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL Stanley McClover (61) Auburn 6-3 247 Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Jesse Mahelona (61) Tennessee 6-2 297 Sr. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
DL Parys Haralson (27) Tennessee 6-2 248 Sr. Flora, Miss.
LB DeMeco Ryans (76) Alabama 6-2 232 Sr. Bessemer, Ala.
LB Travis Williams (61) Auburn 6-1 207 Sr. Columbia, S.C.
LB Moses Osemwegie (60) Vanderbilt 6-0 228 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
LB Freddie Roach (34) Alabama 6-2 239 Sr. Killen, Ala.
DB Jason Allen (77) Tennessee 6-2 202 Sr. Muscle Shoals, Ala.
DB LaRon Landry (65) LSU 6-2 187 Jr. Ama, La.
DB Roman Harper (65) Alabama 6-1 197 Sr. Prattville, Ala.
DB Ko Simpson (52) South Carolina 6-1 199 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL McKinley Boykin (21) Ole Miss 6-2 285 Sr. Bessemer, Ala.
DL Claude Wroten (21) LSU 6-3 293 Sr. Bastrop, La.
DL Kyle Williams (16) LSU 6-2 295 Sr. Ruston, La.
LB Brandon Siler (27) Florida 6-2 230 So. Orlando, Fla.
LB Kevin Simon (25) Tennessee 5-11 234 Sr. Walnut Creek, Calif.
LB Omar Gaither (11) Tennessee 6-2 230 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
LB Earl Everett (9) Florida 6-2 224 Jr. Webster, Fla.
LB Patrick Willis (9) Ole Miss 6-2 230 Jr. Bruceton, Miss.
DB Greg Blue (20) Georgia 6-2 214 Sr. College Park, Ga.
DB Charlie Peprah (15) Alabama 5-11 193 Sr. Plano, Texas
DB Muhammad Abdullah (13) Kentucky 6-0 205 Sr. Folkston, Ga.
DB Demetrice Webb (10) Florida 5-11 190 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
PK John Vaughn (52) Auburn 6-1 201 Jr. Brentwood, Tenn.
P Kody Bliss (46) Auburn 5-11 177 Jr. Brentwood, Tenn.
RS Skyler Green (49) LSU 5-10 195 Sr. Westwego, La.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
PK James Wilhoit (15) Tennessee 5-10 198 Jr. Hendersonville, Tenn.
P Eric Wilbur (30) Florida 6-2 192 Jr. Winter Park, Fla.
RS Tyrone Prothro (23) Alabama 5-8 176 Jr. Heflin, Ala.


SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

SEC Champion - Tennessee (37), Florida (21), LSU (16), Georgia (6), Auburn (4), Alabama (2), Ole Miss (1).

No. School Votes
Eastern Division
1. Tennessee (49) 134
2. Florida (29) 161
3. Georgia (9) 202
4. South Carolina 347
5. Vanderbilt 401
6. Kentucky 492
Western Division
1. LSU (62) 121
2. Auburn (12) 192
3. Alabama (12) 215
4. Arkansas 377
5. Ole Miss (1) 439
6. Mississippi State 478


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