Georgia, South Carolina players make SEC first team

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Alabama and Louisiana State University are in a dead heat once again.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide and reigning Southeastern Conference champ Tigers each placed 11 players on the preseason Coaches All-SEC teams. The league released the teams on Thursday.

Georgia and South Carolina each placed two players on the first team.

Running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney made it for the Gamecocks and linebacker Jarvis Jones and defensive back Bacarri Rambo were the Bulldog selections.

The Tigers have a league-high seven first-team picks. That’s three more than Alabama, which beat LSU to claim the national title.

Arkansas is third with 10 total players selected. The Razorbacks’ four first-team picks include quarterback Tyler Wilson.

The first-teamers also include Alabama’s Outland Trophy-winning offensive lineman Barrett Jones.

AUBURN: Reuben Foster, the nation’s No. 2 prospect, had a change of heart on Thursday afternoon, flipping his verbal commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn.

The linebacker committed to Alabama last July.

VANDERBILT: Vanderbilt has named David Williams as athletic director and will hire people to take over some of Williams’ other jobs.

Vanderbilt restructured athletics in 2003 under former chancellor Gordon Gee and merged the athletics department with the rest of the school.

Williams has overseen athletics since shortly after the department was merged, but he also has worked as Vanderbilt’s general counsel and university secretary while also holding the title of vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics.


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