ESPN.com's SEC Blog named their 2012 preseason All-SEC team as we inch closer and closer to the start of college football.
None of the names on this list should be a surprise but they are certainly worth mentioning. Here's a look at the offense:
- QB - Tyler Wilson - Arkansas
- RB - Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina
- RB - Knile Davis - Arkansas
- WR - Cobi Hamilton - Arkansas
- WR - Justin Hunter - Tennessee
- AP - Malcolm Mitchell - Georgia
- TE - Chris Gragg - Arkansas
- OL - Chance Warmack - Alabama
- OL - Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
- OL - Chris Faulk - LSU
- OL - D.J. Fluker - Alabama
- C - Barrett Jones - Alabama
Now, here is the defense:
- DE - Sam Montgomery - LSU
- DE - Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina
- DT - Bennie Logan - LSU
- DT - Jesse Williams - Alabama
- LB - Jarvis Jones - Georgia
- LB - C.J. Mosley - Alabama
- LB - Sean Porter - Texas A&M
- CB - Tyrann Mathieu - LSU
- CB - Jonathan Banks - Mississippi State
- S - Eric Reid - LSU
- S - Baccari Rambo - Georgia
Here is a look at the special teams:
- PK - Caleb Sturgis - Florida
- P - Brad Wing - LSU
- RS - Tyrann Mathieu - LSU
As you can see, there is a heavy SEC West influence on Chris Low's All-SEC team. Eight players on the defense are from the SEC West while nine are on offense. It's easy to see why people think the West is better than the East currently. Alabama and LSU are clear-cut national championship favorites with Arkansas looking to follow up a strong 2011 season under new coach John L. Smith.
The SEC East will need to do a lot to step up against the West to change the balance of power, but the two most capable teams, South Carolina and Georgia, do have a few representatives on the All-SEC preseason team.
Will this be the year the East takes back the SEC Title? We'll just have to wait for kickoff.