Southeastern Conference coaches named Tennessee offensive lineman Anthony Parker a unanimous pick and one of seven Vols selected Monday for the 2008 Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Football Team.
Other Tennessee first-teamers besides Parker were tailback Arian Foster, defensive back Eric Berry and linebacker Rico McCoy. Offensive lineman Ramon Foster was a second-team pick, while center Josh McNeil and wide receiver Lucas Taylor earned third-team status.
Berry, Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno and Auburn punter Ryan Shoemaker were the only sophomores named to the first team.
Eleven of the 12 SEC teams had first-team selections and every conference school has representatives on the All-SEC squad.
There were six unanimous first-team selections to the squad. The group includes a quartet of offensive linemen – Alabama’s Andre Smith, Arkansas Jonathan Luigs, Ole Miss’ Michael Oher and UT’s Parker. Other unanimous choices were Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, Ole Miss defensive lineman Greg Hardy and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes. Since coaches cannot vote for their own players, unanimous choices were listed on 11 of the 12 ballots.
Of the 81 student-athletes named to the first, second and third teams, six are sophomores, 35 are juniors and 40 are seniors.
This is the fifth year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team. It is released in advance of the 2008 SEC Football Media Days, which begins Wednesday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on the All-SEC Team and a predicted order of finish for the league.