BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference office has released the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team.

The University of Alabama placed a league-leading 15 representatives on the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team.

This marks the 15th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. All 14 SEC schools were represented on the All-SEC team, including eight schools with five or more selections. Nine SEC schools had at least one First-Team All-SEC selection, including a conference-best nine from Alabama.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The SEC begins its 2017 season Thursday, Aug. 31 when Arkansas plays host to Florida A&M in Little Rock on the SEC Network. Auburn will begin its season on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. against Georgia Southern, and Alabama will start off the year against Florida State the same night.

Below is a list of the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* – ties)

First Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

Tight End

  • Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Offensive Line

  • Braden Smith, Auburn
  • Martez Ivey, Florida
  •  Jonah Williams, Alabama
  •  Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

Center

  •   Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

Wide Receiver

  •  Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
  •  Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Quarterback

  • Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Running Back

  • Derrius Guice, LSU
  • Nick Chubb, Georgia

All Purpose

  • Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

DEFENSE

Defensive Line    

  • Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
  • Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
  • Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
  • Trenton Thompson, Georgia

Linebacker

  • Arden Key, LSU
  • Skai Moore, South Carolina
  • Roquan Smith, Georgia

Defensive Back

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
  • Armani Watts, Texas A&M
  • Duke Dawson, Florida
  • Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS

Place Kicker  

  • Daniel Carlson, Auburn

Punter

  • JK Scott, Alabama

Kick Returner 

  • Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

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