Georgia QB Murray voted first-team All-SEC ahead of Manziel, McCarron

Georgia’s Aaron Murray doesn’t own a Heisman Trophy or a national championship ring, but the Southeastern Conference coaches voted him as the league’s top quarterback entering the season.

Murray was named the first-team preseason All-SEC in voting by the league’s coaches that was released on Thursday.

Heisman winner Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M is on the second team and AJ McCarron, who has led Alabama to back-to-back BCS national titles, is on the third team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The media who cover the SEC voted Murray third-team preseason All-SEC last month. They had Manziel first team and McCarron second team.

Murray may have benefited by the coaches voting later this year instead of leading up to SEC Media Days in July. Voting takes place 7 to 10 days prior to the announcement of the awards, according to SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap.

Manziel is practicing this month under the scrutiny of ESPN reports he was paid by brokers to sign memorabilia.

Murray is the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards three straight seasons and he ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency last season while setting a school single-season record with 36 touchdown passes.

“He’d be my pick,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Thursday night. “He’s our guy. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the league or the country. I’m glad he’s on our football team.”

Georgia head coach Mark Richt wasn’t available to the media in Athens on Thursday, but during a radio interview said he was happy and proud for Murray.

“I think all three of those quarterbacks could have easily gotten that vote,” Richt said on the David Glenn Radio Show in North Carolina. “Each one of them easily could have been third. They’re all tremendous quarterbacks. … Three outstanding players and you know what? Our league’s got more than that. We’re really loaded at quarterback in our league this year.”

Georgia had eight players selected preseason All-SEC by the coaches. Alabama led the way with 16 selections and LSU also tied for second with eight. Georgia and Alabama tied for the most first team selections on offense with three.

Tailback Todd Gurley and tight end Arthur Lynch also made the first team from Georgia. Offensive guard Chris Burnette, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and cornerback Damian Swann were selected to the second team and tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell are on the third team.

 

 

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB – Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia

RB – T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

TE – Arthur Lynch, Georgia

OL – Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

OL – Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

C – Travis Swanson, Arkansas

 

Second-Team

QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB – LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

RB – Tre Mason, Auburn

WR – Mike Evans, Texas A&M

WR – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

TE – Rory Anderson, South Carolina

OL – Anthony Steen, Alabama

OL – Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

OL – Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

OL – *A.J. Cann, South Carolina

OL – *Chris Burnette, Georgia

OL – *Zach Fulton, Tennessee

OL – *Jon Halapio, Florida

C – Reese Dismukes, Auburn

 

Third-Team

QB – AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB – Alfred Blue, LSU

RB – Keith Marshall, Georgia

WR – *Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

WR – *Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WR – *Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

TE – *Brian Vogler, Alabama

TE – *C.J. Uzomah, Auburn

OL – La’el Collins, LSU

OL – David Hurd, Arkansas

OL – Justin Britt, Missouri

OL – Aaron Morris, Ole Miss

C – James Stone, Tennessee

 

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL – Dominique Easley, Florida

DL – Anthony Johnson, LSU

DL – Chris Smith, Arkansas

LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LB – Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

DB – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DB – Craig Loston, LSU

DB – Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

DB – Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

 

Second-Team

DL – Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

DL – Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

DL – *Ed Stinson, Alabama

DL – *Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

DL – *Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

LB – Lamin Barrow, LSU

LB – Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

LB – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

DB – Damian Swann, Georgia

DB – Marcus Roberson, Florida

DB – E.J. Gaines, Missouri

DB – Deion Belue, Alabama

 

Third-Team

DL – *Dee Ford, Auburn

DL – *C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss

DL – *Ronald Powell, Florida

DL – *Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

DL – *Denico Autry, Mississippi State

LB – Avery Williamson, Kentucky

LB – Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LB – *Ronald Powell, Florida

LB – *Trey DePriest, Alabama

DB – Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M

DB – Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

DB – Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

DB – Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss

 

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

PK – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt

P – Kyle Christy, Florida

RS – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

 

Second-Team

PK – Cody Parkey, Auburn

P – *Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss

P – *Cody Mandell, Alabama

P – *Steven Clark, Auburn

RS – Marcus Murphy, Missouri

AP – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

 

Third-Team

PK – *Andrew Baggett, Missouri

PK – *Zach Hocker, Arkansas

P – Michael Palardy, Tennessee

RS – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

AP – LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

* – Ties

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