Alabama football dominates preseason All-SEC lists

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Alabama football players are ready to dominate again

SEC Media Days carry a variety of traditions. One is the release of the SEC’s preseason all-conference team, and there were plenty of Alabama football players on it this year.

Despite losing almost every starter on offense and three key stars on defense, the Tide had more All-SEC players than any other team once again. The Tide landed 16 players on the lists, including 10 on defense.

Alabama football had half of the first-team All-SEC defensive players. Phil Mathis made it in the interior, and three of Alabama’s four starting linebackers made it as well. Josh Jobe and Malachi Moore filled out the list in the secondary.

That left LaBryan Ray and Jordan Battle on the second team, and Chris Allen made the third team. Allen led Alabama football in tackles for a loss, but he still appears to be underrated in the conference.

Notable names not on the list are DeMarcco Hellams and Brian Branch. Both will be competing for significant roles in Alabama’s secondary.

On offense, only John Metchie and Evan Neal made the first team. Chris Owens and Jahleel Billingsley were on the second team, and Brian Robinson rounded things out on the third team. This leaves off Slade Bolden and Jameson Williams at receiver along with three of Alabama’s five starting offensive linemen. To be fair, Williams has yet to play in the SEC and Alabama will be starting plenty of new players on the line.

Another snub is Alabama football’s Bryce Young. Young only has one touchdown to his name as a college quarterback, but he is still a Heisman candidate. By the end of the year, he will likely be receiving far more hype than he is currently getting. Until then, he will remain slightly underrated, although his bank account would beg to differ. 

Don’t forget Will Reichard, the conference’s second-team kicker. Reichard made every kick last season, so this is well earned.

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Alabama football was also voted as the media’s pick to win the SEC this year.