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Blog: Checking on Georgia’s early rankings, All-American and All-SEC candidates

We’re four weeks away from what’s the unofficial start of the college football season in these parts.

Yep, SEC Media Days. Already.

I had to look twice when I saw that the talkfest of Southeastern Conference football coaches and players in suburban Birmingham, Ala., begins the same day as Major League Baseball’s All-Star game. Either the SEC event is too early or the all-star game is too late.

In case you are wondering, quarterback Aaron Murray, tight end Arthur Lynch and defensive end Garrison Smith—all seniors–are slated to represent Georgia this year.

The preview magazines have been out for weeks already to whet your appetite.

Here are some highlights for Georgia:

National rankings–Athlon: No. 4 (behind Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon); Lindy’s No. 6 (behind Alabama, Ohio Sate, Stanford, Oregon and Texas A&M); Sporting News No. 12 (Notre Dame and Louisville are 10 and 11).

SEC prediction–Athlon (1st SEC East). Lindy’s (1st SEC East). Sporting News (3rd SEC East).

Bowl projection—Athlon: Sugar vs. Louisville.

Heisman talk–Tailback Todd Gurley is listed as the No. 8 Heisman Trophy contender by Athlon. Murray is No. 13. Murray draws a mention by Sporting News, too.

First-Team All-Americans–Athlon: Gurley. Sporting News: Gurley.

Second-team All-Americans–Athlon: Arthur Lynch. Lindy’s: Gurley.

First-team All-SEC—Athlon: Gurley, Lynch, OLB Jordan Jenkins. Lindy’s: Gurley,
Lynch, Swann. Sporting News: Gurley, Lynch.

Second-team All-SEC–Athlon: TB Keith Marshall, OG Chris Burnette. Lindy’s: Offensive guard Chris Burnette, linebacker Amarlo Herrera.

Third-team All-SEC–Athlon: QB Aaron Murray, WR Malcolm Mitchell, CB Damian Swann. Lindy’s: Murray, Marshall, Mitchell.

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