Georgia coach Mark Richt addresses reporters in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday at SEC Media Days.

Georgia coach Mark Richt addresses reporters in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday at SEC Media Days.

Preseason All-SEC honors

A list of the All-Southeastern Conference preseason selections by the league’s media:


First Team

QB—Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

RB—Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

RB—Knile Davis, Arkansas

WR—Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee

WR—Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

TE—Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

OL—D.J. Fluker, Alabama

OL—Alex Hurst, LSU

OL—Chance Warmack, Alabama

OL—Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

C—Barrett Jones, Alabama

Second Team

QB—Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB—Eddie Lacy, Alabama

RB—Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

WR—Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

WR—Justin Hunter, Tennessee

TE—Chris Gragg, Arkansas

OL—Larry Warford, Kentucky

OL—Chris Faulk, LSU

OL—Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

OL—Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

C—xReese Dismukes, Auburn

C—xP.J. Lonergan, LSU

C—xT.J. Johnson, South Carolina

Third Team

QB—A.J. McCarron, Alabama

RB—Onterio McCalebb, Auburn

RB—Spencer Ware, LSU

WR—Emory Blake, Auburn

WR—Tavarres King, Georgia

TE—Michael Williams, Alabama

OL—Kenarious Gates, Georgia

OL—Xavier Nixon, Florida

OL—Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

OL—Elvis Fisher, Missouri

C—Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M


First Team

DL—Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL—Barkevious Mingo, LSU

DL—Sam Montgomery, LSU

DL—Corey Lemonier, Auburn

ILB—Nico Johnson, Alabama

OLB—Jarvis Jones, Georgia

OLB—Sean Porter, Texas A&M

DB—Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

DB—Eric Reid, LSU

DB—Robert Lester, Alabama

DB—Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Second Team

DL—Jesse Williams, Alabama

DL—John Jenkins, Georgia

DL—Damion Square, Alabama

DL—Devin Taylor, South Carolina

ILB—C.J. Mosley, Alabama

OLB—Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas

OLB—A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

DB—Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

DB—Dee Milliner, Alabama

DB—D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

DB—Matt Elam, Florida

Third Team

DL—Sharrif Floyd, Florida

DL—Dominique Easley, Florida

DL—Bennie Logan, LSU

DL—Nosa Equae, Auburn

ILB—Jon Bostic, Florida

OLB—Cam Lawrence, Mississippi State

OLB—DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

DB—T’Sharvin Bell, Auburn

DB—E.J. Gaines, Missouri

DB—Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee

DB—xTharold Simon, LSU

DB—xTrey Wilson, Vanderbilt

DB—xCharles Sawyer, Mississippi


First Team

P—Brad Wing, LSU

PK—Caleb Sturgis, Florida

RS—Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

AP—Dennis Johnson, Arkansas

Second Team

P—Steven Clark, Auburn

PK—Drew Alleman, LSU

RS—Onterio McCalebb, Auburn

AP—Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

Third Team

P—Dylan Breeding, Arkansas

PK—Cody Parkey, Auburn

RS—Andre Debose, Florida

AP—Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

x—Denotes tie in the voting

Predicted Order of Finish — SEC Champion

Team Points

1.LSU 129

2.Alabama 65

3.Georgia 14

4.South Carolina 6

5.Arkansas 4

6.Auburn 2

T7.Florida 1

T7.Ole Miss 1

Eastern Division (First Place Votes)

1.Georgia, (132) 1434

2.South Carolina, (72) 1358

3.Florida, (12) 1045

4.Missouri, (2) 797

5.Tennessee, (4) 718

6.Vanderbilt, 598

7.Kentucky, 266

Western Division (First Place Votes)

1.LSU, (139) 1449

2.Alabama, (72) 1379

3.Arkansas, (6) 1093

4.Auburn, (4) 827

5.Texas A&M, 653

6.Mississippi State, 554

7.Ole Miss, (1) 261

HOOVER, Ala. — The Georgia Bulldogs want to put the SEC’s Eastern Division back atop the league.

They see no reason why it can’t happen this season, especially after a big group opted to return for their senior years instead of heading to the NFL.

“We’re still hungry,” receiver Tavarres King said Thursday during the final session of SEC Media Days. “We did make it to the SEC Championship (last season), but we didn’t win it. That’s something that we want to do, and it’s something that we feel like we can do. Several guys came back to do that. We said that we had some unfinished business.

“That’s it ... winning the big game of the SEC Championship.”

Georgia was picked as the preseason favorite to repeat as East champion, which lately has been another way of saying SEC runner-up.

West teams have won the past three SEC and BCS National Championships. Both Alabama and LSU got more votes to win the overall title among reporters covering the league than Georgia.

The SEC winner and national runner-up LSU clobbered the Bulldogs, 42-10, in last year’s title game, following eventual national champion Auburn’s 56-17 win against South Carolina in 2010.

King said the East can “certainly” snap that losing streak.

If the Bulldogs manage to win, it might be traced back to nine of 10 rising seniors deciding to come back, including SEC sack leader Jarvis Jones.

“That was the main idea of why we all came back,” defensive end Abry Jones said. “We all talked to each other before we made the decision to come back. We knew as soon as the year ended, we could do something big.”

Coach Mark Richt said their return and leadership are big reasons for his optimism leading into this season.

“I think Georgia’s got as good a chance as anybody to win it,” he said of the East.

To do it, the Bulldogs will have to overcome several offseason setbacks.

On June 29, Georgia dismissed tailback Isaiah Crowell following the player’s arrest on felony weapons charges. Cornerback Sanders Commings is facing a two-game suspension for a domestic dispute, and cornerback Branden Smith will miss at least one game (marijuana).

All-American free safety and former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo (marijuana) and linebacker Alec Ogletree (team rules) also could face suspensions.

Richt declined to discuss those players’ status Thursday.

He’s more enthusiastic about discussing leading receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s prospects of playing on both sides of the ball. Mitchell worked exclusively in the secondary during the spring after making 45 catches for 665 yards last season.

“Early in the year, you’ll see a whole lot more of Malcolm on defense percentage-wise,” Richt said. “As the season rolls along, you’ll see closer to 50-50 offense and defense.”

Mitchell could boost a defense that ranked fifth nationally in total yards last season and returns nine starters.

“I think we can be better than just top 5,” Jarvis Jones said. “We can do a lot of great things and become one of the best defenses in the nation. That’s what we’re shooting for.”

If that happens, it might help the Bulldogs make it at least one step beyond last season’s accomplishments.

“We know our league is tremendous,” Richt said. “We know the Eastern Division is going to be a tough road. All we’re trying to do is prepare the best we can to hopefully play the best we can play and maximize the potential of this football team.

“Hopefully, that will be good enough to get back to Atlanta and hopefully play a little bit better this time around.”