Tigers Land Nine on Coaches' Pre-Season All-SEC First-Team

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Tigers Land Nine on Coaches' Pre-Season All-SEC First-Team

BATON ROUGE — A league-leading nine members of the LSU football team have been named First-Team Pre-Season All-Southeastern Conference by the league’s coaches, the SEC Office announced on Thursday.

The pre-season team marks the first time the coaches from the around the SEC have voted on an all-conference team during the pre-season. The pre-season squad includes a first, second and third team. Each SEC squad had at least two student-athletes on the combined squads. LSU led all schools with 13 players selected. Georgia, Tennessee and Ole Miss each had 10 players selected, with Georgia having six players on the first-team.

Auburn running back Carnell Williams, Georgia defensive end David Pollack, Georgia defensive back Thomas Davis and Tennessee punter Dustin Colquitt were the only unanimous choices by the coaches.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.

Offensively, the Tigers had four players selected to the first unit led by sophomore running back Justin Vincent and junior wide receiver Skyler Green. Joining Vincent and Green on the first offensive unit for the Tigers were senior center Ben Wilkerson and junior tight end David Jones.

Last year, Vincent set and LSU freshman record with 1,001 yards rushing, including an SEC Championship game record of 201 against Georgia. He followed that with 117 yards and a TD in the Tigers’ 21-14 win over in the BCS National Championship game. Green ranked third on the squad last year in both receptions (48), yards (519) and receiving touchdowns (5), which included the game-winner in a 17-10 victory over Georgia in September.

Junior offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Nate Livings were each selected to the second team giving the Tigers three of their five offensive linemen recognized by the league’s coaches.

Defensively, the Tigers had another first first-team selections led by senior cornerbacks Corey Webster and Travis Daniels. Senior defensive end Marcus Spears and senior linebacker Lionel Turner were LSU’s other two first-team selections.

Webster enters the 2004 season ranked second in LSU history with 14 career interceptions after picking off seven passes in 2003. Turner ranked second on the team in 2003 with 78 tackles, while Spears had 13 tackles for losses to go with six sacks for the Tigers.

The second-team defensive unit consisted of sophomore defensive back LaRon Landry along with junior linebacker Cameron Vaughn.

LSU’s Green was also selected first-team kick returner after leading the nation in punt return yardage last season with an 18.5 average.

2004 SEC FOOTBALL COACHES’ PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC TEAM
(#-Unanimous Selection / ^ – Tie / Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
TE David Jones LSU 6-4 259 Jr. Silver Springs, Md.
OL Wesley Britt Alabama 6-8 315 Sr. Cullman, Ala.
OL Max Jean-Gilles Georgia 6-4 340 Jr. Miami, Fla.
OL Marcus McNeill Auburn 6-9 340 Jr. Decatur, Ga.
OL Michael Munoz Tennessee 6-6 315 Sr. Mason, Ohio
C Ben Wilkerson LSU 6-4 300 Sr. Hemphill, Texas
QB David Greene Georgia 6-3 230 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
RB #Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 204 Sr. Attalla, Ala.
RB Justin Vincent LSU 5-11 205 So. Lake Charles, La.
WR Fred Gibson Georgia 6-4 196 Sr. Waycross, Ga.
WR Skyler Green LSU 5-9 190 Jr. Westwego, La.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
TE David Cavan Alabama 6-5 256 Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
OL Andrew Whitworth LSU 6-7 325 Jr. West Monroe, La.
OL Doug Buckles Ole Miss 6-5 305 Sr. Madison, Miss.
OL Nate Livings LSU 6-5 322 Jr. Lake Charles, La.
OL Marcus Johnson Ole Miss 6-6 330 Sr. Coffeville, Miss.
C Mike Degory Florida 6-5 314 Jr. Palm Bay, Fla.
QB Jay Cutler Vanderbilt 6-4 225 Jr. Santa Claus, Ind.
RB Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 232 Sr. Cartersville, Ga.
RB Cedric Houston Tennessee 6-0 220 Sr. Clarendon, Ark.
WR Reggie Brown Georgia 6-1 195 Sr. Carrollton, Ga.
WR James Banks Tennessee 6-3 205 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
DL #David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
DL Marcus Spears LSU 6-4 295 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
DL Sweet Pea Burns Kentucky 6-2 264 Sr. Lake Park, Ga.
LB Kevin Burnett Tennessee 6-3 235 Sr. Carson, Calif.
LB Odell Thurman Georgia 6-1 230 Jr. 
LB Lionel Turner LSU 6-2 257 Sr. Walker, La.
LB Channing Crowder Florida 6-2 241 So. Atlanta, Ga.
DB #Thomas Davis Georgia 6-1 220 Jr. Shellman, Ga.
DB Corey Webster LSU 6-0 197 Sr. Vacherie, La.
DB Carlos Rogers Auburn 6-1 194 Sr. Augusta, Ga.
DB Travis Daniels LSU 6-1 184 Sr. Hollywood, Fla.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
DL Jovan Haye Vanderbilt 6-2 280 Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Anthony Bryant Alabama 6-3 336 Sr. Newbern, Ala.
DL Jeb Huckeba Arkansas 6-4 236 Sr. Searcy, Ark.
LB Freddie Roach Alabama 6-2 245 Jr. Killen, Ala.
LB Kevin Simon Tennessee 5-11 225 Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif.
LB Cameron Vaughn LSU 6-4 225 Jr. Terrytown, La.
LB Ricardo Hurley South Carolina 6-3 233 Jr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB Jason Allen Tennessee 6-2 200 Jr. Muscle Shoals, Ala.
DB LaRon Landry LSU 6-2 180 So. Ama, La.
DB Tim Jennings Georgia 5-8 172 Jr. Orangeburg, S.C.
DB ^Charlie Peprah Alabama 5-11 193 Jr. Plano, Texas
DB ^Mike Williams Kentucky 5-11 186 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
P #Dustin Colquitt Tennessee 6-2 196 Sr. Knoxville, Tenn.
PK Jonathan Nichols Ole Miss 6-0 180 Sr. Greenwood, Miss.
RS Skyler Green LSU 5-9 190 Jr. Westwego, La.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
P Cody Ridgeway Ole Miss 6-1 190 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
PK Matt Leach Florida 6-1 197 Sr. Sarasota, Fla.
RS Decori Birmingham Arkansas 5-11 200 Sr. Atlanta, Texas