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Georgia football redshirt sophomore was amazingly overlooked by the SEC coaches, not receiving first- second- or third-team preseason mention.

Azeez Ojulari tops list of Georgia football players snubbed by SEC coaches

ATHENS — There’s a new way to spell Rodney Dangerfield, the late comedian best-known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect;” A-Z-E-E-Z   O-J-U-L-A-R-I.

Ojulari, a team captain last season and one of seven semifinalists for the FWAA Freshman of the Year Award in 2019, didn’t make first, second or third team preseason All-SEC as voted on by the coaches.

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Amazingly, Ojulari didn’t make the All-SEC Freshman team last season despite his national recognition and gaudy numbers.

This, despite leading the team with 34 QB with a team-high 5.5 sacks. Ojulari, who started at outside linebacker last season, was a force in the Sugar Bowl with five tackles, a QB sack and a forced fumble.

Maybe the coaches who voted weren’t watching.

There were 10 Georgia players who were recognized, though none made first-team All-SEC offense.

Just two were first-team defensive selections despite the Bulldogs leading the nation last season in scoring defense and run defense, and ranking third in the country in total defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense.

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Athlon Magazine had just one UGA player make preseason first-team All-SEC earlier this offseason, despite 80 percent of the defensive production returning.

Hence, the “No-Name Defense” label defensive coordinator Dan Lanning mentioned last December.

Interestingly enough, Ojulari’s backup last season, former No. 1-nationally ranked recruit Nolan Smith, was a third-team preseason All-SEC pick.

Ojulari wasn’t the only talented Georgia football player snubbed, as neither cornerback DJ Daniel nor Tyson Campbell were among the 15 defensive backs recognized on the first, second or third teams.

Here’s a list of Georgia players who figure to make first- second- or third-team All-SEC at the end of the season that went unrecognized on the SEC coaches’ preseason team:

• OLB Azeez Ojulari

• DT Devonte Wyatt

• DL Travon Walker

• CB DJ Daniel

• CB Tyson Campbell

• OT Jamaree Salyer

• OG Justin Shaffer

• OG Ben Cleveland

• RB James Cook

• RB Zamir White

• TE Tre’ McKitty

Here are the SEC Coaches’ Teams

First Team Preseason All-SEC

(Georgia players in boldface type)

TE Kyle Pitts, Florida

OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Trey Smith, Tennessee Darian Kinnard, Kentucky Landon Dickerson, Alabama

C Drake Jackson, Kentucky

WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

QB Kyle Trask, Florida

RB Najee Harris, Alabama Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

DL Bobby Brown, Texas A&M LaBryan Ray, Alabama Big Kat Bryant, Auburn Jordan Davis, Georgia

LB Dylan Moses, Alabama K.J. Britt, Auburn Nick Bolton, Missouri

DB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Derek Stingley, LSU Richard LeCounte, Georgia Jacoby Stevens, LSU

PK Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee

P Max Duffy, Kentucky

RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

OL Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina Deonte Brown, Alabama Landon Young, Kentucky Austin Deculus, LSU* Brodarious Hamm, Auburn* Wanya Morris, Tennessee* Ed Ingram, LSU*

C Trey Hill, Georgia

WR George Pickens, Georgia Terrace Marshall, LSU

QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

RB Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

AP Derek Stingley, LSU

DL Kobie Whiteside, Missouri Malik Herring, Georgia Aaron Sterling,South Carolina Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

LB Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee Monty Rice, Georgia Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State* Nakobe Dean, Georgia* Ventrell Miller, Florida*

DB Kaiir Elam, Florida Eric Stokes, Georgia Demani Richardson, Texas A&M Tyree Gillespie, Missouri* Marco Wilson, Florida* Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina*

PK Cade York, LSU

P Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Third Team Preseason All-SEC

TE Arik Gilbert, LSU

OL Carson Green, Texas A&M Kenyon Green, Texas A&M Evan Neal, Alabama Dan Moore, Texas A&M

C Landon Dickerson, Alabama

WR Seth Williams, Auburn Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

QB Bo Nix, Auburn

RB Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss Larry Rountree, Missouri

AP Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss* Kadarius Toney, Florida* Christian Tutt, Auburn*

DL Zachary Carter, Florida Josh Paschal, Kentucky Kobe Jones, Mississippi State Glen Logan, LSU

LB Boogie Watson, Kentucky Dimitri Moore, Vanderbilt Nolan Smith, Georgia* Ernest Jones, South Carolina* Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt*

DB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina Bryce Thompson, Tennessee Yusuf Corker, Kentucky Christian Tutt, Auburn* Josh Jobe, Alabama*

PK Evan McPherson, Florida

P Mac Brown, Ole Miss

RS Christian Tutt, Auburn

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