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Once again, defending Southeastern Conference football champion Alabama is the favorite to win the title in 2019, according to the preseason media poll unveiled Friday.

The Crimson Tide was selected by 203 of 260 voters this week at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game last season, received 49 first-place votes.

Eight teams were picked as the SEC champion on at least one ballot. LSU received three first-place votes, followed by Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn with one each.

The predicted order of finish in the West was Alabama (253 first-place votes), LSU (5), Texas A&M, Auburn (1), Mississippi State (1), Mississippi and Arkansas.

Georgia (233 first-place votes) was picked first in the East, followed by Florida (21), Missouri (3), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt.

The SEC championship game is scheduled for Dec. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Alabama also led the way with a record 12 first-team preseason All-SEC picks, led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and linebacker Dylan Moses.

Other Alabama players on the first-team offense were running back Najee Harris, WR Henry Ruggs III, and offensive linemen Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills Jr.

Rounding out the offense were Georgia RB D’Andre Swift, Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, Georgia OL Andrew Thomas, Auburn OL Prince Tega Wanogho and LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry.

The second-team offense includes: Georgia QB Jake Fromm, Vanderbilt RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Florida RB Lamical Perine, Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb, Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Vanderbilt TE Jared Pinkney, Georgia OL Solomon Kindley and Isaiah Wilson, LSU OL Damien Lewis, Missouri OL Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms and Mississippi State center Darryl Williams.

The third-team offense includes: LSU QB Joe Burrow, Missouri RB Larry Rountree, Auburn RB JaTarvious Whitlow, LSU WR Justin Jefferson, South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards, Alabama TE Miller Forristall, Georgia TE Charlie Woerner, Alabama OL Deonte Brown and Matt Womack, Georgia OL Ben Cleveland, Kentucky OL Logan Stenberg and Kentucky center Drake Jackson.

Joining Moses from Alabama on the first-team offense were DL Raekwon Davis, LB Anfernee Jennings and DB Trevon Diggs.

Rounding out the first-team defense are Auburn DL Derrick Brown, LSU DL Rashard Lawrence, Florida DL Jabari Zuniga, Mississippi State LB Erroll Thompson, LSU DB Grant Delpit, Georgia DB J.R. Reed and Florida DB C.J. Henderson.

The second-team defense includes: Auburn DL Nick Coe and Marlon Davidson, Texas A&M DL Justin Madubuike, South Carolina DL Javon Kinlaw, Missouri LB Cale Garrett, Arkansas LB De’Jon Harris, Florida LB David Reese II, Alabama DB Patrick Surtain II and Xavier McKinney, LSU DB Kristian Fulton and Mississippi State DB Cameron Dantzler.

The third-team defense includes: Alabama DL LaBryan Ray, Arkansas DL McTelvin Agim, Mississippi State DL Chauncey Rivers, Georgia DL Tyler Clark, Alabama LB Terrell Lewis, LSU LB Jacob Phillipis, Kentucky LB Kash Daniel, Missouri DB DeMarkus Acy, Alabama DB Shyheim Carter, Georgia DB Richard LeCounte and Auburn DB Daniel Thomas.

First-team specialists are Texas A&M punter Braden Mann and Georgia placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship. Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle was both the return specialist and all-purpose player.

Second-team specialists are Florida punter Tommy Townsend, Auburn placekicker Anders Carlson, Tennessee returner Marquez Callaway and Florida all-purpose Kadarius Toney.

Third-team specialists are Auburn punter Arryn Siposs, Florida placekicker Evan McPherson, Texas A&M returner Jashaun Corbin and Kentucky all-purpose Lynn Bowden.


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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