Bulldogs Beat

Morning musings: Preseason SEC ballots, Malcolm Mitchell shuts down videos

ATHENS -- Last week at SEC Media Days, reporters voted on which team they think will win the SEC and which players deserve recognition for preseason first-, second- and third-team honors.

I participated and submitted ballots for each.

I picked Alabama to win the SEC West and Georgia to win the SEC East. I went with Alabama to win the SEC. Georgia fans that might be upset with my pick, take note: Only five times since 1992 has the media gotten it right. And I do think Georgia will have a great chance to win its first SEC title in 10 years. By the time the SEC Championship rolls around, whichever quarterback wins the job will be in late-season form. Therefore, there won't be too many questions or concerns about him entering this hypothetical scenario.

But Alabama is Alabama. For now, I'll pick the Crimson Tide to win the SEC. The good news is that if this scenario were to come true, the Bulldogs would still have a good shot at making the College Football Playoff, especially if they entered the SEC Championship with one loss or less.

Though it's just a prediction based on what we know at this time, both teams look to be the top two in the SEC in my estimation. I'd take Georgia over Auburn at this time, and quite honestly, I'm surprised at the kind of love Auburn got from the rest of the media.

In case anyone forgot, Auburn was picked to win the SEC by the media, even though Alabama received the most points to take the SEC West. The Tigers do return a lot on defense, though that unit gave up over 30 points in seven games a year ago. While a ton of experience returns, that side of the ball needs much improvement before competing for an SEC West title.

That said, I still went with Auburn to finish second in the West. Here is what I predicted:


1. Alabama

2. Auburn

3. LSU

4. Arkansas

5. Ole Miss

6. Mississippi State

7. Texas A&M


1. Georgia

2. Tennessee

3. Missouri

4. South Carolina

5. Florida

6. Kentucky

7. Vanderbilt

SEC Champion: Alabama

As for my All-SEC Ballot, here it is by position and in order:


Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)

Jeremy Johnson (Auburn)

Running back

Nick Chubb (Georgia)

Leonard Fournette (LSU)

Jonathan Williams (Arkansas)

Derrick Henry (Alabama)

Wide receiver

Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina)

Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)

Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M)

Demarcus Robinson (Florida)

Tight end

Evan Engram (Ole Miss)

Hunter Henry (Arkansas)


Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)

Greg Pyke (Georgia)

Cam Robinson (Alabama)

Sebastian Tretola (Arkansas)

Dan Skipper (Arkansas)

Connor McGovern (Missouri)

John Theus (Georgia)

Kolton Houston (Georgia)


Ryan Kelly (Alabama)

Mike Matthews (Texas A&M)

Defensive line

Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)

Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)

Derek Barnett (Tennessee)

A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama)

Jonathan Allen (Alabama)

Jonathan Bullard (Florida)

Marquis Haynes (Ole Miss)

Chris Jones (Mississippi State)


Jordan Jenkins (Georgia)

Curt Maggitt (Tennessee)

Reggie Ragland (Alabama)

Kentrell Brothers (Missouri)

Leonard Floyd (Georgia)

C.J. Johnson (Ole Miss)

Defensive back

Jonathan Jones (Auburn)

Jamal Adams (LSU)

Tony Conner (Ole Miss)

Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)

Jalen Mills (LSU)

Quincy Mauger (Georgia)

Tre’Davious White (LSU)

Cameron Sutton (Tennessee)


Austin MacGinnis (Kentucky)

Marshall Morgan (Georgia)


JK Scott (Alabama)

Will Gleeson (Ole Miss)

Return specialist

Speedy Noil (Texas A&M)

Isaiah McKenzie (Georgia)


Leonard Fournette (LSU)

Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina)

*To see the media's preseason order of finish, .

*To see the media's preseason All-SEC teams, CLICK HERE.

Hitting the links

The AJC's Jeff Sentell spoke to Georgia commit Deejay Dallas, who offered predictions on who will give their verbal to the Bulldogs next. Georgia fans will be happy with who he's predicting to pledge.

The Senator at Get the Picture takes a look at the SEC East schedule and how teams have fared on the road in past seasons. The conclusion is not to count out Missouri, which has done well in the conference when away from home.

Bulldawg Illustrated profiles Reggie Carter, who is primed to step in as a starting inside linebacker for the upcoming season.

Saturday Down South's Murf Baldwin breaks down Brian Schottenheimer and Georgia's tight end position in a two-part post, hypothesizing what the group will be able to do in 2015.

Damien Wilkins goes for double-double in Pan Am Games

Former Georgia basketball standout Damien Wilkins posted a double-double in Team USA's opening-round 85-62 win over Venezuela on Tuesday.

Wilkins went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Wilkins shot 6 of 10 from the floor and went 5 of 9 from the free-throw line. Wilkins' effort was a game-best in 27 minutes of action. Wilkins, 35, is the oldest player on the team. Over the past two years, Wilkins has spent time playing professionally in the NBA Development League, China and Puerto Rico.

No more one-handed catch videos

In case you were trying to find those videos of Malcolm Mitchell making one-handed catches, I've got bad news for you. They're gone from the internet, at least for the time being.

Mitchell was posting the videos but noticed how much traction they were getting online. Mitchell decided he didn't want any individual displays of talent to take away from the team with preseason camp approaching.

“I shut them down though. It was fun but the attention I was getting from it wasn’t the main reason for it. It was for fun. But once I saw it getting beyond that point it was time to make sure everyone was focused on Georgia football, not Malcolm catching one-handed passes.”

Mitchell could re-post the videos and add some more after the season is done. For now, they're off the internet.

Song of the day

"Cosmic Love" (Live on KEXP) by Florence + The Machine