Georgia's Murray picked ahead of Manziel, McCarron for first-team All-SEC QB

ASSOCIATED PRESSAugust 22, 2013 

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BEAU CABELL/THE TELEGRAPH.Athens, Ga., 11/12/11: .Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray drops to pass against Auburn in the first quarter. Murray completed 14 of 18 passes on the day for 224 yards in the 45-7 rout.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Southeastern Conference coaches apparently don't think Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the league's best quarterback.

The coaches rated the Texas A&M quarterback as the preseason second-team selection on the teams released by the league on Thursday. Georgia's Aaron Murray was the first-team choice while Alabama's AJ McCarron received third-team honors.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility.

Manziel's lawyer has said he believes the quarterback will play in Texas A&M's season opener against Rice on Aug. 31 even if an NCAA investigation isn't finished, but that decision could ultimately be the Aggies'.

The cloud over his eligibility might have had something to do with Manziel's downgrade. He was the first-team pick by league media before those allegations surfaced.

All three quarterbacks put up big stats, but Manziel had an unprecedented season in the SEC, even one-upping 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton of Auburn. He led the league with 1,410 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and also passed for 3,706 yards and 26 scores.

Manziel is the first player in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Murray also has put up impressive numbers.

He is the first quarterback in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons, throwing for a school-record 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while being intercepted 10 times.

Murray already holds the school career marks for touchdown passes with 95 and touchdowns responsible for (104).

McCarron led the nation in passing efficiency with 30 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.

Alabama led the way with five first-team picks and 16 selections overall.

LSU and Georgia both had eight make one of the teams, while Florida and Tennessee had seven each.

Murray and McCarron might have better supporting casts among the skill positions, at least according to the coaches picks.

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley and tight end Arthur Lynch are both first-teamers. So are Crimson Tide tailback T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Jake Matthews, who protects Manziel's blind side at left tackle, also made the first team.

Defensively, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as a first-team pick. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix were also among those selected.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. And the SEC didn't release the ballots or vote totals.

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The 2013 SEC Coaches' Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team is listed below:

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia

RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia

OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas

Second-Team

QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

RB - Tre Mason, Auburn

WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M

WR - Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

TE - Rory Anderson, South Carolina

OL - Anthony Steen, Alabama

OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee

OL - Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

OL - *A.J. Cann, South Carolina

OL - *Chris Burnette, Georgia

OL - *Zach Fulton, Tennessee

OL - *Jon Halapio, Florida

C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn

Third-Team

QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB - Alfred Blue, LSU

RB - Keith Marshall, Georgia

WR - *Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

WR - *Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WR - *Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

TE - *Brian Vogler, Alabama

TE - *C.J. Uzomah, Auburn

OL - La'el Collins, LSU

OL - David Hurd, Arkansas

OL - Justin Britt, Missouri

OL - Aaron Morris, Ole Miss

C - James Stone, Tennessee

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL - Dominique Easley, Florida

DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU

DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas

LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

DB - Craig Loston, LSU

DB - Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

DB - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

Second-Team

DL - Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

DL - *Ed Stinson, Alabama

DL - *Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

DL - *Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

LB - Lamin Barrow, LSU

LB - Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

LB - Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

DB - Damian Swann, Georgia

DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida

DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri

DB - Deion Belue, Alabama

Third-Team

DL - *Dee Ford, Auburn

DL - *C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss

DL - *Ronald Powell, Florida

DL - *Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

DL - *Denico Autry, Mississippi State

LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky

LB - Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LB - *Ronald Powell, Florida

LB - *Trey DePriest, Alabama

DB - Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M

DB - Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

DB - Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

DB - Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

PK - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt

P - Kyle Christy, Florida

RS - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

Second-Team

PK - Cody Parkey, Auburn

P - *Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss

P - *Cody Mandell, Alabama

P - *Steven Clark, Auburn

RS - Marcus Murphy, Missouri

AP - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Third-Team

PK - *Andrew Baggett, Missouri

PK - *Zach Hocker, Arkansas

P - Michael Palardy, Tennessee

RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

AP - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

* - Ties

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