Alabama selections include RB Mark Ingram (1st team), WR Julio Jones (1st team), OL Barrett Jones (1st team), DL Marcell Dareus (1st team), LB Dont’a Hightower (1st team), DB Mark Barron (1st team), QB Greg McElroy (2nd team), RB Trent Richardson (2nd team), and OL James Carpenter (2nd team).
Auburn had two first team picks in OL Lee Ziemba and LB Josh Bynes. Four Tigers were second team choices: WR Darvin Adams, C Ryan Pugh, LB Craig Stevens, and DB Neiko Thorpe.
For the official press release and entire list, visit SECsports.com
Many of the Coaches’ picks will be prominently displayed this week at SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover starting Wednesday and running through Friday.
Strong showings by both the Tide and Tigers show the strength of the state of football in Alabama. Both teams have high expectations – Auburn looks to compete for the SEC West title (no small feat), and potentially SEC crown (aka the de facto National Championship); for the pesky Tide, anything less than a National Championship run would be something of a disappointing finish. The Iron Bowl promises to be full of excitement, and meaning, once again this year.
Both teams play monster out-of-conference opponents to open their 2010 campaigns.
Auburn opens its 2010 season at home against the mighty Red Wolves of Arkansas State on September 9th.
The Crimson Tide begin their title defense at Bryant-Denny against 300 Spartans (well, more like 85) on September 4th. And these Spartans are from San Jose State, not Ancient Greece.
Oh well, I do love cupcakes.