ATHENS - Enough SEC coaches either think Johnny Manziel's autograph situation is serious, or think that much of Aaron Murray.
In a surprise, Murray was named the preseason first-team all-SEC quarterback, beating out the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as well as A.J. McCarron, the reigning national championship quarterback.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
"He'd be my pick," Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "He's our guy, and I wouldn't trade him for anybody in the league or the country. I'm glad he's on our football team."
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Murray was only a third-teamer in last month's media vote, behind Manziel and McCarron. That was prior to the story published by ESPN.com, with memorabilia dealers saying they paid Manziel to sign thousands of autographs.
There were three Georgia players on the first-team, all on offense:
- Murray, the four-year starter who is on the verge of breaking more SEC records.
- Senior tight end Arthur Lynch, who was also the first-team selection by the media.
- Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards last year, and was a second-teamer in the media vote.
Three more Georgia players were on the second team:
- Guard Chris Burnette, a senior.
- Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, a sophomore.
- Cornerback Damian Swann, a junior.
Finally, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tailback Keith Marshall both made the third team.
Here's the full list:
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
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
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
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
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
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
PK - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt
P - Kyle Christy, Florida
RS - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
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
PK - *Andrew Baggett, Missouri
PK - *Zach Hocker, Arkansas
P - Michael Palardy, Tennessee
RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
AP - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
* - Ties