VOL. 132 | NO. 141 | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title
By Don Wade
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was one of a record 10 Alabama players named to the All-SEC preseason teams in voting conducted at SEC Media Days. The media also picked Alabama win the league’s West Division title and then to defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.
Alabama was an easy call to win the SEC West, receiving 225 first-place votes. Auburn was very distant second with 13 first-place votes. The order of finish, with other first-place votes noted in parentheses: Alabama, Auburn, LSU (4), Arkansas (1), Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,572 points, including 138 first-place votes, narrowly edging two-time defending division champion Florida, which was second with 1,526 points and 96 votes to win the division. Tennessee was third with 998 total points. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.
• Predicted order of finish in the East: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee (3), South Carolina (5), Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri.
• Ole Miss, which imposed a bowl ban for 2017 and is under investigation by the NCAA, received the fewest total points with 379. Missouri got 388.
• Six times since 1992 – four times in the last 20 years – the predicted champion at SEC Media Days has proceeded to win the SEC Championship.
• Alabama had the most first-team All-SEC selections this season with 10, which is a new record for the SEC Media Days All-SEC Team.
2017 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS
(Total points earned in parenthesis)
QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama (196)
RB Derrius Guice, LSU (223)
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia (211)
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (232)
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (197)
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia (134)
OL Braden Smith, Auburn (201)
OL Martez Ivey, Florida (198)
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama (187)
OL Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (174)
C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (174)
QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (121)
RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (151)
RB Kamryn Pettway, Auburn (141)
WR Antonio Callaway, Florida (152)
WR J’Mon Moore, Missouri (91)
TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (115)
OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (116)
OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (108)
OL K.J. Malone, LSU (101)
OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State (101)
C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (155)
QB Austin Allen, Arkansas (102)
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (105)
RB Sony Michel, Georgia (30)
WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (64)
WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee (42)
TE DeAndre Goolsby, Florida (76)
OL Lester Cotton, Alabama (96)
OL Greg Little, Ole Miss (94)
OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (87)
OL Koda Martin, Texas A&M (69)
C Will Clapp, LSU (66)
DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (196)
DL Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama (180)
DL Trenton Thompson, Georgia (172)
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (159)
LB Arden Key, LSU (191)
LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama (180)
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia (157)
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (232)
DB Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (156)
DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M (137)
DB Duke Dawson, Florida (137)
DL Cece Jefferson, Florida (151)
DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn (120)
DL Christian LaCouture, LSU (107)
DL Denzil Ware, Kentucky (78)
LB Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama (156)
LB Skai Moore, South Carolina (128)
LB Tre’ Williams, Auburn (103)
DB Tray Matthews, Auburn (126)
DB Donte Jackson, LSU (123)
DB Carlton Davis, Auburn (109)
DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia (109)
DL Marcell Frazier, Missouri (77)
DL Jabari Zuniga, Florida (76)
DL Dontavius Russell, Auburn (70)
DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU (54)
LB Jordan Jones, Kentucky (91)
LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (82)
LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt (58)
DB Anthony Averett, Alabama (104)
DB Marcell Harris, Florida (83)
DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky (71)
DB Tony Brown, Alabama (62)
P JK Scott, Alabama (222)
PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn (218)
RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (176)
AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (161)
P Johnny Townsend, Florida (99)
PK Eddy Piniero, Florida (106)
RS Evan Berry, Tennessee (117)
AP Derrius Guice, LSU (133)
P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (58)
PK Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss (94)
RS Antonio Callaway, Florida (84)
AP Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (66)
Memphis 15-Year-Old Impresses at Women’s U.S. Open
Rachel Heck, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at St. Agnes Academy, shot 2-over in the Women’s U.S. Open at Trump National Golf Club. She was the youngest player in the field.
She finished the tournament with consecutive rounds of par-72 on Saturday and Sunday after shooting 72 and 74 in the first and second rounds. Heck qualified for the U.S. Open on her first attempt, taking one of the two spots at a sectional qualifier in Georgia.
She said beforehand she wasn’t going to be overly focused on her score at the tournament, telling golfweek.com: “I just want to enjoy every second of it, and not take it for granted.”
Grizzlies Summer League Team Loses in Semifinals
The Memphis Grizzlies Summer League season came to an end on Sunday, July 16, as they lost 87-82 to Portland. The Grizzlies finished 5-1 in Summer League.
Portland rallied from a 19-point deficit for the victory. The Grizzlies got 16 points off the bench from rookie guard Dillon Brooks, who also had four assists and four rebounds.
Vincent Hunter had 14 points off the bench and starting guard Wayne Selden scored 13 points.
Selden averaged 22.7 points during NBA Summer League this season. The Grizzlies signed him to a multi-year contract just a few weeks ago. He was picked up as a rookie late last season and started in the playoffs due to an injury to Tony Allen. He went undrafted out of the University of Kansas in 2016.