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Razorbacks Picked Third in SEC West Preseason

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Picked Third in SEC West Preseason

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas is predicted to finish third in the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division according to a preseason poll conducted among league media attending the 2003 Southeastern Conference Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
Auburn tops the SEC West poll garnering 60 of a possible 78 first-place votes. LSU picked up 13 first-place votes and garnered second while Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State rounded out the division selections. The Razorbacks received two first place votes in the divisional race.
Georgia topped the SEC East projections followed by Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
Auburn was also tabbed as the favorite for the overall title earning 45 votes. Georgia and Tennessee ranked second and third, respectively, while LSU finished fourth in the overall title vote. Arkansas received one vote for the overall SEC crown.
Five Razorbacks earned spots on the preseason All-SEC teams selected by the media. Junior offensive tackle Shawn Andrews tallied the most votes of any offensive player on the first team while senior outside linebacker\free safety Tony Bua secured a position on the first team defensive squad.
Senior linebacker Caleb Miller, senior cornerback Lawrence Richardson and junior cornerback Ahmad “Batman” Carroll were named to the All-SEC second team defensive unit.




(As voted on by members of attendees at SEC Football Media Day) [78 total voters]
* – Ties

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
TE Ben Watson (65) Georgia 6-3 255 Sr. Rock Hill, S.C.
OL Shawn Andrews (69) Arkansas 6-5 330 Jr. Camden, Ark.
OL Wesley Britt (53) Alabama 6-8 315 Jr. Cullman, Ala.
OL Justin Smiley (44) Alabama 6-4 302 Jr. Ellabell, Ga.
OL Antonio Hall (33) Kentucky 6-5 302 Sr. Canton, Ohio
C Ben Wilkerson (47) LSU 6-4 300 Jr. Hemphill, Texas
WR Michael Clayton (67) LSU 6-4 200 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
WR Fred Gibson (58) Georgia 6-4 196 Jr. Waycross, Ga.
QB Eli Manning (59) Ole Miss 6-5 218 Sr. New Orleans, La.
RB Carnell Williams (68) Auburn 5-11 204 Jr. Attalla, Ala.
RB Shaud Williams (34) Alabama 5-8 182 Sr. Andrews, Texas
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
DL David Pollack (75) Georgia 6-3 278 Jr. Snellville, Ga.
DL Antwan Odom (48) Alabama 6-5 273 Jr. Bayou LaBatre, Ala.
DL Chad Lavalais (35) LSU 6-3 289 Sr. Marksville, La.
LB Karlos Dansby (77) Auburn 6-5 235 Sr. Birmingham, Ala.
LB Dontarrious Thomas (67) Auburn 6-4 238 Sr. Perry, Ga.
LB Tony Bua (45) Arkansas 5-11 218 Sr. River Ridge, La.
LB Brooks Daniels (38) Alabama 6-2 198 Sr. Jasper, Fla.
DB Corey Webster (59) LSU 6-0 197 Jr. Vacherie, La.
DB Rashad Baker (51) Tennessee 5-11 185 Sr. Camden, N.J.
DB Keiwan Ratliff (50) Florida 5-10 178 Sr. Columbus, Ohio
DB Guss Scott (31) Florida 5-11 195 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS
PK Billy Bennett (64) Georgia 5-8 175 Sr. Athens, Ga.
RS Derek Abney (73) Kentucky 5-10 175 Sr. Mosinee, Wisc.
P Dustin Colquitt (52) Tennessee 6-2 196 Jr. Knoxville, Tenn.
SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE
TE Ben Troupe (12) Florida 6-4 262 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
OL Stephen Peterson (30) LSU 6-4 325 Sr. Waveland, Miss.
OL Michael Munoz (23) Tennessee 6-6 305 Jr. Mason, Ohio
OL Travelle Wharton (19) South Carolina 6-4 315 Sr. Fountain Inn, S.C.
OL Shannon Snell (13) Florida 6-4 310 Sr. Tampa, Fla.
C Scott Wells (20) Tennessee 6-2 300 Sr. Spring Hill, Tenn.
WR Chris Collins (19) Ole Miss 6-2 190 Sr. Gloster, Miss.
WR Carlos Perez (5) Florida 5-11 193 Sr. Hoboken, N.J.
QB David Greene (14) Georgia 6-3 230 Jr. Snellville, Ga.
RB Cedric Houston (28) Tennessee 6-0 215 Jr. Clarendon, Ark.
RB Ronnie Brown (23) Auburn 6-1 223 Jr. Cartersville, Ga.
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE
DL DeMarco McNeil (28) Auburn 6-2 300 Sr. Prichard, Ala.
DL Jesse Mitchell (19) Ole Miss 6-1 277 Sr. Moss Point, Miss.
DL Vincent Burns (12) Kentucky 6-2 264 Jr. Lake Park, Ga.
LB Freddie Roach (23) Alabama 6-2 237 So. Killen, Ala.
LB Kevin Burnett (19) Tennessee 6-3 235 Jr. Carson, Calif.
LB T.J. Mawhinney (19) Miss. State 6-1 235 Sr. Madisonville, La.
LB Caleb Miller (14) Arkansas 6-3 220 Sr. Sulphur Springs, Texas
DB Lawrence Richardson (28) Arkansas 5-10 188 Sr. Galveston, Texas
DB Ahmad Carroll (22) Arkansas 5-11 190 Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
DB Kentrell Curry (22) Georgia 6-1 198 Sr. Toccoa, Ga.
DB Dunta Robinson (12) South Carolina 6-0 185 Sr. Athens, Ga.
SECOND-TEAM SPECIALISTS
PK Brent Smith (10) Miss. State 5-10 203 Sr. Byhalia, Miss.
*RS Damien Gary (2) Georgia 5-10 178 Sr. Athens, Ga.

Kwane Doster (2) Vanderbilt 5-11 188 So. Tampa, Fla.
P Donnie Jones (23) LSU 6-3 217 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.

SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(Tabulated on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 scale) [78 total voters]

SEC CHAMPION [There were six voters that did not have a champion selected]
Auburn (45), Georgia (12), Tennessee (10), LSU (6), Ole Miss (2), Florida (2), Arkansas (1).

No. School Points
Eastern Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)
1. Georgia (42) 124
2. Tennessee (30) 138
3. Florida (6) 207
4. South Carolina 349
5. Kentucky 356
6. Vanderbilt 464
Western Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)
1. Auburn (60) 105
2. LSU (13) 162
3. Arkansas (2) 278
4. Alabama (1) 303
5. Ole Miss (2) 332
6. Mississippi State 458




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