Murray not Manziel best SEC QB, coaches say

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 12:51 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s Aaron Murray doesn’t own a Heisman Trophy or a national championship ring, but the Southeastern Conference coaches voted him as the league’s top quarterback entering the season.

Murray was voted first-team preseason All-SEC in voting by the league’s coaches that was released on Thursday morning.

Heisman winner Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M is on the second team and AJ McCarron, who has led Alabama to back-to-back BCS national titles, is on the third team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The media who cover the SEC voted Murray third-team preseason All-SEC last month. They had Manziel first team and McCarron second team.

Murray may have benefited by the coaches voting later this year instead of leading up to SEC Media Days in July. Voting takes place 7 to 10 days prior to the announcement of the awards, according to SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap.

Manziel is practicing this month under the scrutiny of ESPN reports he was paid by brokers to sign memorabilia.

Murray is the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards three straight seasons and he ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency last season while setting a school single-season record with 36 touchdown passes.

Georgia had eight players selected preseason All-SEC by the coaches. Alabama led the way with 16 selections and LSU also tied for second with eight. Georgia and Alabama tied for the most first team selections on offense with three.

Tailback Todd Gurley and tight end Arthur Lynch also made the first team from Georgia. Offensive guard Chris Burnette, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and cornerback Damian Swann were selected to the second team and tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell are on the third team.

SEC TOP PLAYERS

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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faithson
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faithson 08/22/13 - 01:13 pm
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to bad

Murray doesn't have a coaching staff to get him his 'championship', let alone the Hiesman.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/22/13 - 01:35 pm
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As much as I love Georgia and

As much as I love Georgia and appreciate Murray, I don't put much stock in these pre-season things. In fact, I don't think they should put out those pre-season polls...and really should wait until the 3rd or 4th week to put out a poll.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/22/13 - 02:18 pm
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Coaches

There are only 4 active D1 coaches who have won a Nat'l Championship. It's a pretty tough thing to do. Spurrier, considered by most as a great coach, has won exactly 1 in 24 seasons. And that one was under the system where it was totally on a vote. No Championship Game.

faithson
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faithson 08/22/13 - 03:55 pm
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jtf

I guess the real question is... how many D1 teams had the talent to get to the championship game, but were denied because of poor coaching... I'd say that last GA play in the SEC championship game last year was a pretty good indicator of a team that had talent, just did not have a coach.

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rmwhitley 08/22/13 - 04:27 pm
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I'm a
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Gamecock to the bone. Mark Richt is one heck of a coach and Georgia will regret the day he leaves.

restguy
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restguy 08/22/13 - 06:02 pm
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As a Gamecock I would rather

As a Gamecock I would rather have Murray on my team .

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/22/13 - 06:56 pm
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faithson

"I'd say that last GA play in the SEC championship game last year was a pretty good indicator of a team that had talent". Yes, and they got to that game how?? Who recruited that talent?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/23/13 - 01:37 am
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justthefacts

No love for Spurrier?

When we finally get to a true play-off system, if we truly want the best teams playing for the championship, it should go something like this:

The top four SEC teams
The ACC champion
The Big 12 champion
The winner from a PAC 12 and Big 10 bowl game.
A wild card from the rest of the pretenders.

Now that would be a playoff!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/23/13 - 08:06 am
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Young Fred

Please read again. I did not disparage Spurrier. I made the point that even great coaches don't win a lot of Nat'l Champ in response to faithson disparaging Richt because he hasn't. I think SS is a great coach.

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chascushman 08/23/13 - 03:53 pm
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I really like Mark Richt. I
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I really like Mark Richt. I have never really liked Bobo but believe he is really improving. I wonder about the coaching on defense. They gave up a lot of points with players that had 2 1st round draft choices and 5 more that were draft.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/23/13 - 04:12 pm
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chas

Me too.

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