BATON ROUGE, La. — The votes have been tallied for the Preseason All-SEC teams and the two LSU football players you’d expect to be at the top were right there.
Running back Derrius Guice and linebacker Arden Key were both named first-team All-SEC performers at their respective positions. Guice was the SEC’s leading rusher in 2016 by yards and yards per carry and Key set the LSU record for single season sacks in 2016. Guice was the third-leading vote getter on the entire ballot, finishing only behind Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Offensive linemen K.J. Malone and Will Clapp rounded out LSU’s involvement on offense. Malone was named a second-team offensive lineman along with Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn, Tennessee’s Jashon Robertson and Mississippi State’s Martinas Rankin, while Clapp was named the third-team center. Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow and Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman were picked ahead of Clapp.
Defensively, the LSU football team had two players named second-team All-SEC and one more player named third-team. Senior defensive end Christian LaCouture and junior cornerback Donte Jackson appeared on the second-team rankings, while sophomore defensive end Rashard Lawrence profiled as a third-teamer.
Additionally, Guice was also ranked as a second-team all-purpose performer behind Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk.
The LSU football team was picked to finish third in the SEC West behind Alabama and Auburn. Four of the 247 ballots cast picked LSU to win the SEC West. Three of those four projected LSU to win the SEC outright. Only Alabama, Auburn and Georgia received more first-place votes.
The projected SEC champion from the SEC Media Days has gone on to win the SEC Championship outright four times in the last 20 years, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Alabama. That said, Alabama’s 10 first-team All-SEC honorees is a new preseason All-SEC team record.
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