SEC players litter Sporting News' 2015 Preseason All-American list

BY foxsports • June 18, 2015

A preseason All-American list just wouldn't be complete without a large number of SEC players making the cut. This year is no exception, as The Sporting News recently unveiled their 2015 preseason All-American team filled with Southeastern Conference stars. 

First-team offense

RB: Nick Chubb, Georgia Bulldogs. Chubb was a revelation for the Bulldogs last season, as he accumulated 1760 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns in his first season in Athens.

OL: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas Razorbacks. Kirkland helped pave the way towards the team's 2,834 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns last season. 

OL: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss Rebels. Tunsil has been an anchor for the Rebels at left tackle since stepping onto to campus in 2013. If he can rebound from his broken leg suffered in the Peach Bowl, Tunsil could be the most dominant offensive lineman in the league this season.

First-team defense

DL: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M Aggies. Garrett broke the SEC's freshman sack record last season after to opposing quarterbacks 11.5 times last season. What will he be able to accomplish under John Chavis?

DL: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss Rebels. Nkemdiche may not put up the stats of an All-American, but the work he puts in up front allows the those around him to make plays and destroy offensive schemes. 

DL: Chris Jones, Mississippi State. The former five-star recruit will be looked upon to lead the way for the Bulldogs this season after a somewhat disappointing sophomore campaign a year ago. 

CB: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida Gators. Arguably the Gators best player since arriving on campus three seasons ago, Hargreaves consistently locks up opposing receivers and allows the Gator secondary to focus on stopping all other options.

P: JK Scott, Alabama Crimson Tide. Perhaps the best weapon on Alabama last season was the freshman punter Scott. The freshman consistently showed he has the strongest leg in the nation and the touch to place the ball exactly where he wants it. Scott could be all-time great, he's that good.

Second-team offense

RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU Tigers. Fournette lived up to the hype down the stretch and nearly beat Notre Dame on his own in the bowl game. If he has improved as much as Les Miles claims, expect Fournette to finish on the first-team list by season's end.

RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama Crimson Tide. With injuries and defections this offseason, the Tide's backfield will ride almost exclusively through Henry this season. He's shown promise but has yet to consistently show he is an elite runner. 

WR: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels' offense looked lost after Treadwell went down with an ankle injury last season, he's that important to their offense. Should he fully rebound from his injury, expect the offense to run through him this season.

WR: Duke Williams, Auburn Tigers. Williams is a phyiscal specimen that none can match on the outside. New quarterback should look towards Williams anytime he needs to convert, forcing plays to the massive receiver has proven effective in the past. 

TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss Rebels. Engram had a number of big games last season, but also disappeared at times. If he can consistently put up numbers, he may garner first-team honors. 

OL: Vadal Alexander, LSU Tigers. Alexander will be looked upon to anchor the Tigers' line this season and clear paths for Fournette while the team waits for a quarterback to emerge.

Second-team defense

DL: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama Crimson Tide. The disruptor in the middle for Alabama, Robinson consistently blew up opponent's backfields a season ago.

LB: Leonard Floyd, Georgia Bulldogs. Floyd is a nightmare off the edge, as he got to the quarterback six times and forced three fumbles for the Bulldogs last season. He leads the league's most talented linebackers heading into the season. 

CB: Cam Sutton, Tennessee Volunteers. Sutton was thrown into the fire as a true freshman and proved to be the team's best player the past two seasons. The Volunteers always match up Sutton against opponent's number one option. The junior is also willing to deliver a big hit in the running game when running backs challenge him. 

PR: Speedy Noil, Texas A&M Aggies. As his name suggests, Noil is exceptionally fast. Noil finished third in kick return yards and sixth in punt return yards a season ago.

(h/t The Sporting News)


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