Surprise: SEC coaches put Murray ahead of Manziel

semerson@macon.comAugust 22, 2013 

ATHENS - Enough SEC coaches either think Johnny Manziel's autograph situation is serious, or think that much of Aaron Murray.

In a surprise, Murray was named the preseason first-team all-SEC quarterback, beating out the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as well as A.J. McCarron, the reigning national championship quarterback.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

"He'd be my pick," Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "He's our guy, and I wouldn't trade him for anybody in the league or the country. I'm glad he's on our football team."

Murray was only a third-teamer in last month's media vote, behind Manziel and McCarron. That was prior to the story published by ESPN.com, with memorabilia dealers saying they paid Manziel to sign thousands of autographs.

There were three Georgia players on the first-team, all on offense:

- Murray, the four-year starter who is on the verge of breaking more SEC records.

- Senior tight end Arthur Lynch, who was also the first-team selection by the media.

- Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards last year, and was a second-teamer in the media vote.

Three more Georgia players were on the second team:

- Guard Chris Burnette, a senior.

- Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, a sophomore.

- Cornerback Damian Swann, a junior.

Finally, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tailback Keith Marshall both made the third team.

Here's the full list:

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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