LB Johnson Leads Six Vols Picked to All-SEC Preseason FootballTeam

Linemen Richardson, James Land On Media's Second Unit

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – Six members of the Tennessee football team were named to the All-SEC preseason team as announced by the Southeastern Conference on Thursday.

 

0001pt;">Junior A.J. Johnson earned first team accolades while offensive linemen Ja’Wuan James and Antonio Richardson found themselves on the second team.

 

Fellow linemen Zach Fulton and James Stone were named to the third team joined by defensive lineman Daniel McCullers.

 

The Vols were picked by the media to finish fifth in the SEC East.

 

The preseason media day selections were chosen by 243 voters, the most voters in SEC Media Days history.

 

The six Vols preseason All-SEC selections ranks fifth in the conference behind Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia.

 

Johnson, a 2012 All-SEC linebacker, finished the season fourth in the NCAA in tackles and tackles per game with 138 for 11.5 per game leading the SEC in tackles in his 12 starts.

 

A leader in the middle linebacker role, Johnson also had team-high 8.5 TFLs for 25 yards along with his first-career sack and eight quarterback hurries. He posted the most tackles by a Vol since Jerod Mayo made 140 in 2007 while his 75 assisted tackles are the third-most in a season at UT.

 

Johnson averaged 12.9 tackles over the last 10 games of the season with at least 11 tackles in each game.

 

The Vols offensive line, helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA in 2012.

 

The front has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports.

 

In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage.

 Vols Preseason All-SEC Selections

2013 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(* - Ties)

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB           Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)

RB           T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)

RB           Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)

WR          Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)

WR          Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)              

TE            Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)         

OL           Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)

OL           Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)

OL           Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)

OL           Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)

C              Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

Second-Team

QB           AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)

RB           Tre Mason, Auburn (15)

RB           *LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)

RB        *Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)

WR          Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss ( 46)

WR          Mike Evans,  Texas A&M (33)

TE            Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)

OL           Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)

OL           Jon Halapio, Florida (51)

OL           Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)

OL           Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)

C              Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)        

Third-Team

QB           Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)          

RB           *Matt Jones, Florida (5)

RB           *Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)

RB        *Alfred Blue, LSU (5)

WR          Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)

WR          Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)

TE            Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)

OL           La'el Collins, LSU (37)     

OL           Josh Williford, LSU (30)

OL           Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)

OL           *A.J. Cann, South Carollina (14)

OL        *Zach Fulton, Tennessee (14)

C              *James Stone, Tennessee (30)

C          *Jonotthan Harrison, Florida (30)

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL            Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223) 

DL            Dominique Easley, Florida (162)

DL            Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)

DL            Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)

LB            C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)

LB            A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)

LB            Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94) 

DB           Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)

DB           Craig Loston, LSU (135)

DB           Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)

DB           Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

Second-Team

DL            Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (49)    

DL            Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)

DL            Dee Ford, Auburn (38)

DL            Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)

LB            Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)

LB            Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)

LB            Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)

DB           Damian Swann, Georgia (70)

DB           Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)

DB           Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)

DB           Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

Third-Team

DL            Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)       

DL            Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)

DL            Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)

DL            C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)

LB            Ronald Powell, Florida (24)

LB            Tahj Jones, LSU (20)

LB            *Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)

LB         *Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)

DB           E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)

DB           Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)

DB           Jalen Mills, LSU (22)

DB           Chris Davis , Auburn (20)

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P              Kyle Christy, Florida (108)

PK           Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)     

RS            Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)         

AP           Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)          

Second-Team

P              Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)

PK           Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)             

RS            Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)

AP           Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

Third-Team

P              Steven Clark, Auburn (33)

PK           Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)         

RS            Andre Debose, Florida (53)

AP           Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

Predicted Order of Finish

Eastern Division (First Place Votes)

1.       Georgia (149)    

2.       South Carolina (75)

3.       Florida (19)

4.       Vanderbilt

5.       Tennessee

6.       Missouri

7.       Kentucky

 Western Division (First Place Votes)

1.       Alabama (225)

2.       Texas A&M (11)               

3.       LSU (7) 

4.       Ole Miss

5.       Auburn

6.       Mississippi State

7.       Arkansas

 SEC Champion – Alabama

 (E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 



Red Bank Lions: All-Time Football Team

Friday Night, Red Bank announced its Silver Anniversary All-Time Football Team Offense: Quarterback: Marty Lowe (1990, Louisville), Running backs: Paul “Ox” Vandergriff (1959, Tennessee), Gerald Ware (1990, Tennessee), Gerald Riggs Jr. (2001, Tennessee); Receivers: Cory Simpson (1990, MTSU), Tim Benford (2007, Tenn. Tech); Offensive Line: Tommy Jumper (1948, Tennessee), ... (click for more)

Braman Leads GPS Runners At Berry Invitational

Carley Braman finished 26th overall with a time of 19 minutes, 30 seconds to lead the GPS cross country team to a 12th-place finish at the Clara Bowl Invitational cross country meet at Berry College in Rome, Ga. Saturday morning. Harrison was the team winner with 87 points while Dunwoody was second with 149 and Lovett third with 158. The Bruisers had 312 points for 12th while ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of 3-Year-Old Boy At Soddy Daisy

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother. The mother earlier took out an order of protection against Bradley, and he was arrested for violating the order. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s ... (click for more)

Shooting Of 15-Year-Old Began As Argument Between Teens

According to police, the Tuesday night shooting of a juvenile on Taylor Street started as an argument between the two young men. Terry Marshell Smith Jr., 19, was arrested the following day. Police said the former Hixson High School student shot the juvenile in the shoulder after their argument and then fled the scene.  According to police, Smith admitted to the shooting. ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)