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Alabama leads with seven first-team All-SEC picks, 13 overall selections

Calvin Ridley was one of 13 Alabama selections to make the All-SEC teams for 2016. Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

While selecting Alabama as the preseason favorite to defend its SEC title, the reporters who gathered this week for SEC media days also picked seven Crimson Tide players as first-team all-conference honorees – the most from any school.

With 318 out of a possible 331 votes, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley was the third-leading vote-getter – trailing only LSU running back Leonard Fournette (329) and Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly (321) – to lead the Crimson Tide’s 13 overall selections to the first, second or third teams.

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (301) and Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett (286) were the top vote-getters on defense.

Although he fell two votes shy of joining Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (2000) as the only unanimous All-SEC picks, Fournette still headlines a deep group of running backs within the conference this year.

Joining him on the first team is Georgia’s Nick Chubb, whose return date remains unclear following a serious knee injury suffered midway through the 2015 season. On the second team are Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd and Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb, both 1,000-yard rushers in 2015. And on the third team are Kentucky’s Stanley “Boom” Williams and Auburn’s Jovon Robinson. In addition, Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara made the second team as an all-purpose player.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M sophomore Christian Kirk made the first team in three different ways: as a wide receiver, as a return specialist and as an all-purpose player.

Joining Ridley and Allen on the first team are five other Alabama teammates: offensive tackle Cam Robinson, defensive back Eddie Jackson, tight end O.J. Howard, linebacker Reuben Foster and punter JK Scott.

With four first-team honorees apiece, LSU and Texas A&M tied for second behind Alabama. Auburn and Tennessee had three each, Georgia had two, and Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss all had one.

LSU trailed Alabama with 10 overall selections – along with Fournette, linebacker Kendell Beckwith, cornerback Tre’Davious White and center Ethan Pocic all made the first team – just ahead of Tennessee’s nine (defensive lineman Derek Barnett, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and cornerback Cameron Sutton all made the first team).

Led by lone first-team selection Jalen Tabor, Florida was fourth with eight All-SEC picks, while Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M had seven apiece. Every SEC team had at least one player make the All-SEC list: Ole Miss (five selections), Arkansas (four), Mississippi State (three), Vanderbilt (two), Kentucky (one), Missouri (one) and South Carolina (one).

PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (321)

RB Leonard Fournette, LSU (329)

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia (308)

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (318)

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (223)

TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (294)

OL Cam Robinson, Alabama (315)

OL Dan Skipper, Arkansas (228)

OL Greg Pyke, Georgia (171)

OL Alex Kozan, Auburn (165)

C Ethan Pocic, LSU (188)

DEFENSE

DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama (301)

DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (286)

DL Carl Lawson, Auburn (253)

DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee (171)

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama (265)

LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU (231)

LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee (223)

DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama (293)

DB Jalen Tabor, Florida (249)

DB Tre'Davious White, LSU (221)

DB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (213)

SPECIALISTS

P JK Scott, Alabama (252)

PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn (198)

RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (214)

AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (240)

ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (313)

RB Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (278)

RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (151)

WR Malachi Dupre, LSU (167)

WR Fred Ross, Mississippi State (139)

TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss (214)

OL Martez Ivey, Florida (152)

OL William Clapp, LSU (143)

OL David Sharpe, Florida (138)

OL Alphonse Taylor, Alabama (137)

C Brandon Kublanow, Georgia (121)

DEFENSE

DL Montravius Adams, Auburn (167)

DL Bryan Cox, Florida (105)

DL Davon Godchaux, LSU (105)

DL Charles Harris, Missouri (103)

LB Tim Williams, Alabama (196)

LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (178)

LB Jarrad Davis, Florida (160)

DB Jamal Adams, LSU (193)

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (188)

DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss (146)

DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia (145)

SPECIALISTS

P Johnny Townsend, Florida (124)

PK Adam Griffith, Alabama (174)

RS Evan Berry, Tennessee (163)

AP Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (152)

ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Brandon Harris, LSU (25)

RB Stanley "Boom" Williams, Kentucky (60)

RB Jovon Robinson, Auburn (55)

WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M (78)

WR Drew Morgan, Arkansas (49)

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (65)

OL Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M (120)

OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (119)

OL Braden Smith, Auburn (118)

OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (113)

C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (101)

DEFENSE

DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (102)

DL Deatrich Wise, Arkansas (95)

DL Cece Jefferson, Florida (85)

DL A.J. Jefferson, Mississippi State (84)

LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (92)

LB Richie Brown, Mississippi State (84)

LB Arden Key, LSU (76)

DB Marcus Maye, Florida (139)

DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (120)

DB Johnathan Ford, Auburn (105)

DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M (74)

SPECIALISTS

P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (97)

PK Elliott Fry, South Carolina (91)

RS Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (100)

AP Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (112)

* Votes received in parentheses out of 331 total voters