The LSU Tigers were picked to win the SEC by the assembled media at 2012 SEC Media Days.
The media members also selected 13 Tigers to the preseason All-SEC teams, which led the conference. LSU also had the most first-team selections with seven. There were a total of 222 media members involved in the voting, which was the most in SEC Media Days history. Ties were not broken when players had the same vote totals.
In the team voting, LSU had 139 first-place votes to win the SEC West and had a points lead of 1449-1379 over Alabama (72 first-place votes) in the West. Other teams garnering first-place votes in the West were Arkansas (6), Auburn (4) and Ole Miss (1). That Ole Miss first-place vote is no typo. Someone who holds a media credential and who was allowed to vote picked a team to win the division which received the least amount of votes of any team in the league. Even worse, that same person probably cast the one vote for Ole Miss to win the conference.
Georgia (132 first-place votes) was picked to win the SEC East over South Carolina (72 first-place votes). Nobody picked Kentucky to win the East. I shouldn't have to write that but after the Ole Miss vote, it is probably worth mentioning. The other first-place votes went to Florida (12), Tennessee (4) and Missouri (2). I think Georgia is a fair pick but I wouldn't count out South Carolina with a healthy Marcus Lattimore at running back. Lattimore received 201 votes for first-team running back which is as close to a consensus pick as anyone got this year.
Here were the LSU players on the All-SEC teams:
Alex Hurst, OL, First-Team
Chris Faulk, OL, Second-Team
P.J. Lonergan, C, Second-Team
Spencer Ware, RB, Third-Team
Barkevious Mingo, DL, First-Team
Sam Montgomery, DL, First-Team
Tyrann Mathieu, DB, First-Team
Eric Reid, DB, First-Team
Bennie Logan, DL, Third-Team
Tharold Simon, DB, Third-Team
Brad Wing, P, First-Team
Tyrann Mathieu, RS, First-Team
Drew Alleman, K, Second-Team
LSU didn't have any receivers make the All-SEC teams. If the Tigers are truly going to be a more balanced team on offense this season, that scenario will need to be different at the end of the year. The SEC coaches did name LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. second-team All-SEC, so let's hope the coaches know better than the media about that position.
As an LSU fan, I'm glad the media recognized some of the players who were snubbed on watch lists this preseason.
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"2012 Preseason SEC Media Days All-SEC Team", SEC Digital Network