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July 18, 2013

USC picked as runner-up in SEC East



HOOVER, Ala. - Apparently, at least eight percent of the voting media members attending SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel don't follow college football closely.

Despite being the consensus top defensive player in the sport, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney fell 20 votes short of being a unanimous selection to the media's preseason First-Team All-SEC defensive team, being named on 223 of 243 ballots, an all-time high for the voting.

Clowney, the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a sophomore, finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks.

He was also a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.

Clowney was one of the top two vote getters along with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Slightly less than 20 percent of the media attending the three-day event submitted ballots.

Clowney, in fact, was the lone Gamecock defender named to the All-SEC defensive team, which consisted of three units of 11 players each. Hence, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, defensive end Chaz Sutton and cornerback Victor Hampton were slighted by the media even though they are considered by some media entities (ESPN, etc.) as being among the best players in the SEC at their respective positions.

The Gamecocks placed two players on the All-SEC offensive team - tight end Busta (Rory) Anderson on the second team and left guard A.J. Cann on the third team. Bruce Ellington (18 kickoff returns for a net average of 22.6 yards) was recognized as one of the best kick returners in the SEC with a first-team spot as an all-purpose specialist.

USC was picked to finish second in the SEC East behind Georgia in a close vote, finishing with 1,474 points compared to 1,570 for the Bulldogs, a 96-point difference. The Gamecocks were picked to win the division on 75 ballots.

Florida (1,300 points) was third, Vanderbilt (858) fourth, Tennessee (694) fifth, Missouri (577) sixth and Kentucky (331) seventh. The Volunteers and Wildcats are starting over with first-year head coaches Butch Jones and Mark Stoops, respectively.

Not surprisingly, two-time defending national champion Alabama was predicted to win the SEC West, tallying a league-high 1,681 points with Texas A&M, despite having the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, a distant second with 1,333 points.

LSU (1,324 points) was narrowly picked to finish third in the West, with Ole Miss in fourth, Auburn fifth, Mississippi State sixth and Arkansas seventh.

The Crimson Tide were an overwhelming choice to win the SEC title for the second straight year as 183 of the 243 voting media named Alabama on their ballots.

Eighteen media members (7.4 percent) predicted USC would win the SEC championship, the third-highest total after Alabama and Georgia (38).

2013 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM:
Total ballots: 243

OFFENSE
First-Team
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)
TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)
OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)
OL - Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)
OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

Second-Team
QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)
RB - Tre Mason, Auburn (15)
RB - *LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)
RB - *Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)
WR - Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss (46)
WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M (33)
TE - Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)
OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)
OL - Jon Halapio, Florida (51)
OL - Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)
OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)
C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)

Third-Team
QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)
RB - *Matt Jones, Florida (5)
RB - *Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)
RB - *Alfred Blue, LSU (5)
WR - Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)
WR - Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)
TE - Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)
OL - La'el Collins, LSU (37)
OL - Josh Williford, LSU (30)
OL - Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)
OL - *A.J. Cann, South Carolina (14)
OL - *Zach Fulton, Tennessee (14)
C - *James Stone, Tennessee (30)
C - *Jonathan Harrison, Florida (30)

DEFENSE
First-Team
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)
DL - Dominique Easley, Florida (162)
DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)
DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94)
DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)
DB - Craig Loston, LSU (135)
DB - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)
DB - Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

Second-Team
DL - Xavier Dickson, Alabama (49)
DL - Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)
DL - Dee Ford, Auburn (38)
DL - Jeffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)
LB - Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)
LB - Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)
LB - Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)
DB - Damian Swann, Georgia (70)
DB - Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)
DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)
DB - Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

Third-Team
DL - Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)
DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)
DL - Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)
DL - C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)
LB - Ronald Powell, Florida (24)
LB - Tahj Jones, LSU (20)
LB - *Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)
LB - *Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)
DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)
DB - Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)
DB - Jalen Mills, LSU (22)
DB - Chris Davis, Auburn (20)

SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P - Kyle Christy, Florida (108)
PK - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)
RS - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)
AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)

Second-Team
P - Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)
PK - Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)
RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)
AP - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

Third-Team
P - Steven Clark, Auburn (33)
PK - Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)
RS - Andre Debose, Florida (53)
AP - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
SEC CHAMPION
Alabama - 182
Georgia - 38
South Carolina - 18
Texas A&M - 4
LSU - 1

EASTERN DIVISION
Georgia (149) - 1,570
South Carolina (75) - 1,474
Florida (19) - 1,300
Vanderbilt - 858
Tennessee - 694
Missouri - 577
Kentucky - 331

WESTERN DIVISION
Alabama (225) - 1,681
Texas A&M (11) - 1,333
LSU (7) - 1,324
Ole Miss - 883
Auburn - 579
Mississippi State - 516
Arkansas - 488

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