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Dogs picked to win SEC East, 12 named to preseason teams

Mecole Hardman
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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s football team had 12 players named to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams and was picked to win the league’s Eastern Division, according to an announcement on Friday.

The defending SEC and Rose Bowl Game champions received 271 of the 285 first place votes to win their second consecutive SEC East crown. Alabama was the media’s selection to win the conference title and Georgia was picked to be second overall.

The Bulldogs had two First Team selections at the defensive back position with senior Deandre Baker and junior J.R. Reed both being voted to the squad as well as junior Rodrigo Blankenship at place-kicker.

Georgia had an SEC best eight Second Team selections. On offense, sophomore running back D’Andre Swift, senior receiver Terry Godwin, junior tight end Isaac Nauta, sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Thomas and senior center Lamont Gaillard were all included while on defense, senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter and senior outside linebacker D’Andre Walker were listed. In addition, junior returner/receiver Mecole Hardman was included from the special teams.

Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was also named to the Third Team on offense.

The Bulldogs open their 2018 campaign at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Sept. 1 versus Austin Peay. ESPN will televise the matchup at 3:30 p.m. Georgia begins its SEC slate at South Carolina on Sept. 8.

2018 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

OFFENSE

Second-Team

RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
WR Terry Godwin, Georgia
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

Third-Team

*QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
*QB Jake Fromm, Georgia

DEFENSE

First-Team

DB Deandre Baker, Georgia
DB J.R. Reed, Georgia

Second-Team

DL Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

Second-Team

RS Mecole Hardman, Georgia

* – Indicates a tie

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