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SEC Football Preseason All-Freshman Team for 2017

Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers Football

Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers Football

Selecting which freshmen will make the biggest impact in a college football season is never easy. While preseason hype and recruiting rankings certainly matter, every player develops at a different pace. Additionally, playing time is likely to depend on how much (or how little) upperclassmen have improved or developed from the previous season. And of course, once the game gets underway, it’s a different contest as opposed to just starring in practice.

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Every year, the SEC recruits some of college football’s best talent. In the 247Sports Composite team rankings for 2017 signing classes, nine of the SEC’s 14 teams ranked inside of the top 25, with Alabama (1) and Georgia (3) checking in the top five.

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With the SEC’s 2017 season set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 31, it’s time to take a look at which freshmen could make the biggest impact in the league. As mentioned above, this isn’t an exact science. The postseason all-freshman team could look significantly different by December. This team takes into account playing time, talent and potential. Additionally, both true and redshirt freshmen were considered for spots on the preseason team. And to get a few more players recognized, we doubled up a couple of spots for players from the same team and position. 

SEC All-Freshman Offense


First Team

Second Team

Third Team


Nick Starkel Texas A&M 

Feleipe Franks Florida 

Jarrett Guarantano Tennessee 


Najee Harris Alabama 

Clyde  Edwards-Helaire LSU 

Jamauri Wakefield Vanderbilt 


Ty Chandler Tennessee 

Chase Hayden Arkansas 

D'Andre Swift Georgia 


Lynn Bowden Kentucky 

Kadarius Toney Florida 

A.J. Rose (RB) Kentucky 


Jhamon Ausbon Texas A&M 

Jordan Jones Arkansas 

Jeremiah Holloman Georgia 


D.K. Metcalf Ole Miss 

Shi Smith South Carolina 

Josh Palmer Tennessee 


Jerry Jeudy (WR) Alabama 

Kemore Gamble Florida 

LaTrell Bumphus Tennessee 


Trey Smith Tennessee 

Ed Ingram LSU 

Trystan Castillo Missouri 


Andrew Thomas Georgia 

Isaiah Wilson Georgia 

Luke Fortner/ Drake Jackson Kentucky 


Lloyd Cushenberry LSU 

Devin Cochran Vanderbilt 

Alex Leatherwood Alabama 


Stewart Reese Miss. State 

Jedrick Wills Alabama 

Calvin Ashley Auburn 


Brett Heggie Florida 

Solomon Kindley Georgia 

Ben Cleveland Georgia 

SEC All-Freshman Defense


First Team

Second Team

Third Team


Quinnen Williams Alabama 

Tre Williams Missouri 

Deandre Johnson Tennessee 


Chris Turner Missouri 

Charles Wiley Ole Miss 

Quinton Bohanna Kentucky 


K'Lavon Chaisson (LB/DL) LSU 

Kyree Campbell Florida 

Kobe Jones Miss. State 


Ray Thornton (LB)/ Andre Anthony LSU 

Nick Coe Auburn 

Jacob Phillips (LB) LSU 


Donta Evans Ole Miss 

Buddy Johnson Texas A&M 

Willie Gay Miss. State 


Anthony Hines Texas A&M 

Grant Morgan Arkansas 

Jeremiah Moon Florida 


Dylan Moses Alabama 

Big Kat Bryant Auburn 

Josh Paschal Kentucky 


Kary Vincent LSU 

DeAngelo Gibbs Georgia 

Cam Dantzler Miss. State 


Jamyest WIlliams South Carolina 

Marco Wilson/ C.J. Henderson Florida 

Shawn Shamburger Tennessee 


Grant Delpit LSU 

Eric Monroe LSU 

Kamren Curl/ Chevin Calloway  (CB) Arkansas 


Richard LeCounte III Georgia 

Shawn Davis  Florida 

Greedy Williams (CB) LSU