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Ole Miss places four on Coaches' All-SEC Team


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Four Ole Miss Rebels were recognized Thursday with their selection to the 2011 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches’ Preseason Football Team, including first-team honoree Bradley Sowell.

A senior from Hernando, Miss., Sowell was chosen as an offensive lineman on the preseason first team, while fellow tackle Bobby Massie, of Lynchburg, Va., was named to the third team. Senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, of Hahnville, La., was selected to the coaches’ second unit along with junior punter Tyler Campbell of Little Rock, Ark.

Alabama had a league-high seven representatives on the first team, while Arkansas had a league-high 14 total selections. Georgia had six players on the first team, which was second, while South Carolina had four players and Arkansas had three. Kentucky was the only other school to have multiple members on the first team with two.

Nine of the 12 SEC schools had a member on the first team All-SEC squad. Each SEC school had at least one student-athlete on either the first, second or third team.

Alabama followed Arkansas in total selections with 13, while Georgia was third with nine selections among all three teams. Every team had at least two selections on the combined three units.

There are six first-team preseason selections that were on last year’s first team coaches All-SEC postseason team. Those include WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina), RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), LB Danny Trevathan (Kentucky), DB Mark Barron (Alabama), DB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) and PK Blair Walsh (Georgia).

The All-SEC first-team squad has 14 seniors and 12 underclassmen, including 10 juniors and two sophomores. The second team has 16 seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores. The third team has nine seniors, 11 juniors and eight sophomores.

This marks the eighth straight year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Wednesday through Friday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.