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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.NameSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
TEBen Watson (65)Georgia6-3255Sr.Rock Hill, S.C.
OLShawn Andrews (69)Arkansas6-5330Jr.Camden, Ark.
OLWesley Britt (53)Alabama6-8315Jr.Cullman, Ala.
OLJustin Smiley (44)Alabama6-4302Jr.Ellabell, Ga.
OLAntonio Hall (33)Kentucky6-5302Sr.Canton, Ohio
CBen Wilkerson (47)LSU6-4300Jr.Hemphill, Texas
WRMichael Clayton (67)LSU6-4200Jr.Baton Rouge, La.
WRFred Gibson (58)Georgia6-4196Jr.Waycross, Ga.
QBEli Manning (59)Ole Miss6-5218Sr.New Orleans, La.
RBCarnell Williams (68)Auburn5-11204Jr.Attalla, Ala.
RBShaud Williams (34)Alabama5-8182Sr.Andrews, Texas
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
DLDavid Pollack (75)Georgia6-3278Jr.Snellville, Ga.
DLAntwan Odom (48)Alabama6-5273Jr.Bayou LaBatre, Ala.
DLChad Lavalais (35)LSU6-3289Sr.Marksville, La.
LBKarlos Dansby (77)Auburn6-5235Sr.Birmingham, Ala.
LBDontarrious Thomas (67)Auburn6-4238Sr.Perry, Ga.
LBTony Bua (45)Arkansas5-11218Sr.River Ridge, La.
LBBrooks Daniels (38)Alabama6-2198Sr.Jasper, Fla.
DBCorey Webster (59)LSU6-0197Jr.Vacherie, La.
DBRashad Baker (51)Tennessee5-11185Sr.Camden, N.J.
DBKeiwan Ratliff (50)Florida5-10178Sr.Columbus, Ohio
DBGuss Scott (31)Florida5-11195Sr.Jacksonville, Fla.
FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS
PKBilly Bennett (64)Georgia5-8175Sr.Athens, Ga.
RSDerek Abney (73)Kentucky5-10175Sr.Mosinee, Wisc.
PDustin Colquitt (52)Tennessee6-2196Jr.Knoxville, Tenn.
SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE
TEBen Troupe (12)Florida6-4262Sr.Augusta, Ga.
OLStephen Peterson (30)LSU6-4325Sr.Waveland, Miss.
OLMichael Munoz (23)Tennessee6-6305Jr.Mason, Ohio
OLTravelle Wharton (19)South Carolina6-4315Sr.Fountain Inn, S.C.
OLShannon Snell (13)Florida6-4310Sr.Tampa, Fla.
CScott Wells (20)Tennessee6-2300Sr.Spring Hill, Tenn.
WRChris Collins (19)Ole Miss6-2190Sr.Gloster, Miss.
WRCarlos Perez (5)Florida5-11193Sr.Hoboken, N.J.
QBDavid Greene (14)Georgia6-3230Jr.Snellville, Ga.
RBCedric Houston (28)Tennessee6-0215Jr.Clarendon, Ark.
RBRonnie Brown (23)Auburn6-1223Jr.Cartersville, Ga.
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE
DLDeMarco McNeil (28)Auburn6-2300Sr.Prichard, Ala.
DLJesse Mitchell (19)Ole Miss6-1277Sr.Moss Point, Miss.
DLVincent Burns (12)Kentucky6-2264Jr.Lake Park, Ga.
LBFreddie Roach (23)Alabama6-2237So.Killen, Ala.
LBKevin Burnett (19)Tennessee6-3235Jr.Carson, Calif.
LBT.J. Mawhinney (19)Miss. State6-1235Sr.Madisonville, La.
LBCaleb Miller (14)Arkansas6-3220Sr.Sulphur Springs, Texas
DBLawrence Richardson (28)Arkansas5-10188Sr.Galveston, Texas
DBAhmad Carroll (22)Arkansas5-11190Jr.Atlanta, Ga.
DBKentrell Curry (22)Georgia6-1198Sr.Toccoa, Ga.
DBDunta Robinson (12)South Carolina6-0185Sr.Athens, Ga.
SECOND-TEAM SPECIALISTS
PKBrent Smith (10)Miss. State5-10203Sr.Byhalia, Miss.
*RSDamien Gary (2)Georgia5-10178Sr.Athens, Ga.

Kwane Doster (2)Vanderbilt5-11188So.Tampa, Fla.
PDonnie Jones (23)LSU6-3217Sr.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.SchoolPoints
Eastern Division (First Place Votes in parenthesis)
1.Georgia (42)124
2.Tennessee (30)138
3.Florida (6)207
4.South Carolina349
5.Kentucky356
6.Vanderbilt464
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 State458




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