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LSU RB Leonard Fournette Tops SEC Players with Three All-Conference Selections


The Southeastern Conference released their preseason All-SEC football teams on Friday, putting LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette in rarified air. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound, bruising playmaker made all three SEC teams, as he was voted first-team running back, second-team all-purpose, and third-team return specialist.

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Overall, Georgia running back Nick Chubb led the way with 189 total points followed by Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland (181), and Fournette (180).

South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper had the honored distinction of making multiple teams as well, earning second-team wide receiver and first-team all-purpose recognition. Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil was voted second-team return specialist and third-team all-purpose.

Other LSU players joining Fournette on the first team were offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and defensive back Jalen Mills. The Tigers did not place any other players on the All-SEC offensive second or third-teams.

Confirming the Tigers will be stacked on defense, linebacker Kendell Beckwith and defensive back Tre’Davious White were named to the second team and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and defensive back Jamal Adams were selected as All-SEC third-team members.

Ole Miss led the way with three first-team offensive selections. Alabama topped out with three first-team defensive selections — Ragland, defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson and defensive back Cyrus Jones. Auburn placed two on the first-team defense — defensive lineman Carl Lawson and defensive back Jonathan Jones.

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First Team All-SEC

QB: Dak Prescott, Mississippi State 
RB: Nick Chubb, Georgia 
RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU 
WR: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss 
WR: D’haquille Williams, Auburn 
TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss 
OL: Cam Robinson, Alabama 
OL: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss 
OL: Vadal Alexander, LSU 
OL: John Theus, Georgia 
OL: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

DL: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 
DL: A’Shawn Robinson, Albama 
DL: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 
DL: Carl Lawson, Auburn 
LB: Reggie Ragland, Alabama 
LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia 
LB: Curt Maggitt, Tennessee 
DB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida 
DB: Cyrus Jones, Alabama 
DB: Jonathan Jones, Auburn 
DB: Jalen Mills, LSU

P: JK Scott, Alabama 
PK: Marshall Morgan, Georgia 
RS: Speedy Noil, Texas A&M 
AP: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Second Team

QB: Jeremy Johnson, Auburn; RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama, Jonathan Williams, Arkansas; WR: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State; TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas; OL: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M, Dan Skipper, Arkansas, Denver Kirkland, Arkansas, Greg Pyke, Georgia, Mike Matthews, Texas A&M.

DL: Jonathan Bullard, Florida, Derek Barnett, Tennessee, Jonathan Allen, Alabama, Chris Jones, Mississippi State; LB: Kendell Beckwith, LSU, Leonard Floyd, Georgia, Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn; DB: Tony Conner, Ole Miss, Cameron Sutton, Tennessee, Will Redmond, Mississippi State, Tre’Davious White, LSU.

P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M; PK: Elliott Fry, South Carolina; RS: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina; AP: Leonard Fournette, LSU.

Third Team

QB: Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee; RB: Alex Collins, Arkansas, Kenyan Drake, Alabama; WR: Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia, Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M; TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama; OL: Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas, Alex Kozan, Auburn, Avery Young, Auburn, Brandon Shell, South Carolina, Evan Boehm, Missouri.

DL: Montravius Adams, Auburn, Jarran Reed, Alabama, Davon Godchaux, LSU, Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss; LB: Kris Frost, Auburn, Antonio Morrison, Florida, Kentrell Brothers, Missouri; DB: A.J. Stamps, Kentucky, Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Jamal Adams, LSU, Johnathan Ford, Auburn.

P: Jamie Keehn, LSU; PK: Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky; RS: Leonard Fournette, LSU; AP: Speedy Noil

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.