Rebels' Willis Leads Coaches Pre-Season All-S.E.C. Football List


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss senior linebacker Patrick Willis was the only unanimous first team choice for the Southeastern Conference Coaches Preseason All-SEC Football Team, which was announced Thursday by the league office. Also, Rebel offensive tackle Michael Oher was selected to the third team.

Since coaches cannot vote for their own players, Willis was listed on 11 of the 12 ballots. The Bruceton, Tenn., native has received a wealth of honors this preseason, earning First Team All-America distinction from six different media outlets. Four of those publications tagged him as the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker.

Willis has been named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Nagurski Trophy. Last year, he led the NCAA in solo tackles per game and the SEC in total stops.

A sophomore from Memphis, Oher is garnering preseason all-conference accolades for the seventh time this summer. He was also labeled a Fourth Team Preseason All-America by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

Oher started 10 games in his debut season in the Red and Blue and was a First Team Freshman All-America.

Ten of the 12 SEC teams had first-team selections and every conference school has representatives on the All-SEC squad. Of the 88 student-athletes named to the first, second and third teams, nine are sophomores, 26 are juniors and 53 are seniors.

This is the third year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Football Team. It is released in advance of the 2006 SEC Football Media Days, which will be held July 26-28, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on the All-SEC Team and a predicted order of finish for the league.

2006 SEC COACHES PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM (*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players)


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

TE Cole Bennett Auburn 6-4 261 Sr. Dalton, Ga.

OL Arron Sears Tennessee 6-4 320 Sr. Russellville, Ala.

OL Tim Duckworth Auburn 6-4 310 Sr. Taylorsville, Miss.

OL Daniel Inman Georgia 6-7 319 Sr. Hope Mills, N.C.

OL Will Arnold LSU 6-4 322 Jr. Gloster, Miss.

C Nick Jones Georgia 6-3 295 Sr. Bowdon, Ga.

WR Sidney Rice South Carolina 6-4 200 So. Gaffney, S.C.

WR Earl Bennett Vanderbilt 6-1 202 So. Birmingham, Ala.

QB Chris Leak Florida 6-0 207 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.

RB Darren McFadden Arkansas 6-2 210 So. N. Little Rock, Ark.

RB Kenny Irons Auburn 5-11 200 Sr. Dacula, Ga.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

TE Jacob Tamme Kentucky 6-5 240 Jr. Danville, Ky.

OL Ben Grubbs Auburn 6-3 301 Sr. Eclectic, Ala.

OL Brian Anderson Miss. State 6-6 307 Sr. Butler, Ala.

OL Brian Stamper Vanderbilt 6-5 305 Sr. Windermere, Fla.

OL #Brian Johnson LSU 6-4 297 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla.

OL #Jonathan Palmer Auburn 6-4 325 Sr, Decatur, Ga.

OL #Stephen Parker Arkansas 6-4 310 Sr. Mandeville, La.

C Joe Cope Auburn 6-0 276 Sr. Andalusia, Ala.

WR Dallas Baker Florida 6-3 206 Sr. New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

WR Dwayne Bowe LSU 6-3 217 Sr. Miami, Fla.

QB JaMarcus Russell LSU 6-6 252 Jr. Mobile, Ala.

RB Kenneth Darby Alabama 5-11 205 Sr. Huntsville, Ala.

RB #Arian Foster Tennessee 6-1 215 So. San Diego, Calif.

RB #Rafael Little Kentucky 5-10 188 Jr. Anderson, S.C.

RB #Alley Broussard LSU 6-0 237 Jr. Lafayette, La.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

TE Martrez Milner Georgia 6-4 240 Sr. Gainesville, Ga.

OL Robert Felton Arkansas 6-4 319 Jr. Houston, Texas

OL Zac Tubbs Arkansas 6-6 335 Sr. Cullman, Ala.

OL Michael Oher Ole Miss 6-5 ½ 330 So. Memphis, Tenn.

OL #Michael Aitcheson Kentucky 6-3 300 Sr. Miami, Fla.

OL #Aaron Miller Kentucky 6-5 300 So. Grayson, Ky.

C Antoine Caldwell Alabama 6-3 296 So. Montgomery, Ala.

WR Tyrone Prothro Alabama 5-8 178 Sr. Heflin, Ala.

WR Andre Caldwell Florida 6-1 202 Jr. Tampa, Fla.

QB Brandon Cox Auburn 6-2 201 Jr. Trussville, Ala.

RB Thomas Brown Georgia 5-8 185 Jr. Tucker, Ga.

RB Peyton Hillis Arkansas 6-2 233 Jr. Conway, Ark.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Quentin Moses Georgia 6-5 250 Sr. Athens, Ga.

DL Justin Harrell Tennessee 6-4 300 Sr. Martin, Tenn.

DL Quentin Groves Auburn 6-3 250 Jr. Greenville, Miss.

LB *Patrick Willis Ole Miss 6-2 230 Sr. Bruceton, Tenn.

LB Sam Olajubutu Arkansas 5-9 229 Sr. LaGrange, Ga.

LB Brandon Siler Florida 6-2 235 Jr. Orlando, Fla.

LB Will Herring Auburn 6-3 220 Sr. Opelika, Ala.

DB LaRon Landry LSU 6-2 204 Sr. Ama, La.

DB Tra Battle Georgia 5-11 176 Sr. Forsyth, Ga.

DB David Irons Auburn 5-11 188 Sr. Dacula, Ga.

DB #Ramzee Robinson Alabama 5-10 190 Sr. Huntsville, Ala.

DB #Reggie Nelson Florida 6-1 195 Jr. Melbourne, Fla.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Chase Pittman LSU 6-4 265 Sr. Shreveport, La.

DL Keith Jackson Arkansas 6-0 300 Sr. Little Rock, Ark.

DL #Ray McDonald Florida 6-3 280 Sr. Belle Glade, Fla.

DL #Marcus Thomas Florida 6-3 286 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.

LB Quinton Culberson Miss. State 6-0 239 Sr. Jackson, Miss.

LB #Ali Highsmith LSU 6-1 226 Jr. Miami, Fla.

LB #Tony Taylor Georgia 6-1 237 Sr. Watkinsville, Ga.

LB #Juwan Simpson Alabama 6-3 222 Sr. Decatur, Ala.

LB #Earl Everett Florida 6-2 231 Sr. Webster, Fla.

DB Jonathan Hefney Tennessee 5-9 185 Jr. Rock Hill, S.C.

DB Fred Bennett South Carolina 6-1 199 Sr. Manning, S.C.

DB Jeramie Johnson Miss. State 5-11 216 Sr. East Point, Ga.

DB Jessie Daniels LSU 5-11 203 Sr. Breaux Bridge, La.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Marquies Gunn Auburn 6-4 254 Sr. Alexander City, Ala.

DL Glenn Dorsey LSU 6-2 284 Jr. Gonzales, La.

DL #Turk McBride Tennessee 6-4 275 Sr. Camden, N.J.

DL #Jamaal Anderson Arkansas 6-6 268 Jr. Little Rock, Ark.

LB Wesley Woodyard Kentucky 6-1 212 Jr. LaGrange, Ga.

LB Jarvis Jackson Georgia 6-2 218 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.

LB Jonathan Goff Vanderbilt 6-4 240 Jr. Lynn, Mass.

LB #Karibi Dede Auburn 6-0 216 Sr. Woodbridge, Va.

LB #Freddie Fairchild Arkansas 6-2 215 So. Little Rock, Ark.

DB Roger Williams Kentucky 6-0 210 Jr. Rockmart, Ga.

DB #Michael Grant Arkansas 5-11 185 Jr. Stone Mountain, Ga.

DB #Chevis Jackson LSU 6-0 189 Jr. Mobile, Ala.

DB #Randy Kelly Arkansas 6-0 194 Sr. Palmetto, Fla.

DB # Paul Oliver Georgia 6-0 205 Jr. Kennesaw, Ga.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

PK Brandon Coutu Georgia 6-0 185 Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga.

P Kody Bliss Auburn 5-10 177 Sr. Brentwood, Tenn.

RS Felix Jones Arkansas 6-0 202 So. Tulsa, Okla.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

PK Chris Hetland Florida 6-0 186 Sr. Leesburg, Ga.

P #Gordon Ely-Kelso Georgia 6-2 215 Sr. Athens, Ga.

P #Chris Jackson LSU 5-11 174 Sr. River Ridge, La.

RS Rafael Little Kentucky 5-10 188 Jr. Anderson, S.C.


Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

PK John Vaughn Auburn 6-1 197 Sr. Brentwood, Tenn.

P Eric Wilbur Florida 6-1 202 Sr. Winter Park, Fla.

RS #Thomas Flowers Georgia 5-10 186 Jr. Austell, Ga.

RS #Tyrone Prothro Alabama 5-8 178 Sr. Heflin, Ala.