12 Georgia football players with All-SEC potential not on preseason lists
ATHENS, Ga. — The SEC Media Days voters have spoken, making their (Alabama) picks, and scattering brad crumbs around the rest of the league.
To be the best, you have to beat the best, they say, and so previously little attention or credit is doled out to other schools when it comes to preseason All-SEC selections.
The Crimson Tide’s dominance on the first team (11 to Georgia’s 4) has been well-documented, with much of this year’s voting based on last season’s results.
The Bulldogs, however, have several players with All-SEC ability who have yet to put up the stats or turn enough heads outside of Athens to have been noticed.
Here are 12 All-SEC candidates from Georgia who did not make the first, second or third- All-SEC preseason teams, a couple of them having already been nominated on the “biggest snubs” list:
Out of the backfield, in the slot or as a return man, Cook possesses the game-breaking speed and cutback ability to score from anywhere on he field.
One year bigger, stronger and tougher after his transfer from Cal, look for D-Rob to take the top off defenses and make plays whether outside or in the slot at receiver.
A sticky cover cornerback who produced when called upon, Stokes is also adequate in run support.
Toasted early but seasoned late, there’s a reason Kirby Smart started Campbell on the corner as a true freshman.
NFL frame, good quickness and strength and a desire to live up to his head coach’s expectations bode well for Herring on the D-Line.
Converted running back will be reacting more than thinking from inside linebacker this season, already on NFL scouts radar
Sophomore takes to the center position naturally, teammates refer to his legs as “tree trunks”
Hungry and durable, 1,000-yard season could be in reach depending on D’Andre Swift and Zamir White workloads.
Simmons is all about speed and toughness, a committed team player who competed most of last season wearing a shoulder brace at receiver.
The first of the three players that follow in this article off the “snubs” list, Davis was an FWAA Freshman All-American defensive tackle who dominated at times.
Perhaps the biggest snub of all, Smart has earmarked Rice for greatness, and certainly, a captain role in the linebacker corps.
The Miami transfer receiver is a 6-foot-5 former high school high jump champion with a 40-inch vertical, and while speed is a question, catch radius is not.
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