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The University of South Carolina football squad has been tabbed as favorites to win the 2014 Eastern Division title, according to the media attending the annual SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

The Gamecocks received 1,895 points to outdistance Georgia (1,777) for the top spot in the East. Florida (1,362) and Missouri (1,263) were picked third and fourth respectively, while Tennessee (893), Vanderbilt (619) and Kentucky (395) round out the Eastern Division.

The Gamecocks placed three players, junior running back Mike Davis and senior offensive linemen A.J.Cann and Corey Robinson, on the preseason All-SEC second-team unit. Senior safety Brison Williams was named to the third-team squad.

Alabama, which had the most first-team selections with nine, is favored to win the Western Division, tallying 1,915 points, ahead of defending SEC champion Auburn (1,735) and LSU (1,453). Ole Miss (1,069), Mississippi State (890), Texas A&M (791) and Arkansas (351) round out the West.

Alabama is also the prohibitive favorite to capture the SEC championship. The Crimson Tide picked up 154 votes, more than double that of Auburn (75). South Carolina (32) was third, just ahead of Georgia (19). LSU (9), Ole Miss (2), Arkansas (1) and Mississippi State (1) also received votes.

The 293 voters is an all-time high for SEC Media Days. The previous high was 243 in 2013.

2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(Total points earned in parenthesis)

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)         

RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)       

RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)        

WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)      

WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)                   

TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)                

OL        La'el Collins, LSU (231)             

OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)     

OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)      

OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)     

C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)          

Second-Team

QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)     

RB        Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)       

RB        Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)    

WR      Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)       

WR      Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)      

TE        C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)      

OL        A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)      

OL        Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)    

OL        Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)    

OL        Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)    

C          Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)                 

Third-Team

QB       Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)                 

RB        Corey Grant, Auburn (52)      

RB        Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)   

WR      Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)        

WR      Marquez North, Tennessee (66)    

TE        Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)         

OL        Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)

OL        Chad Slade, Auburn (101)

OL        John Theus, Georgia (96)

OL        Chaz Green, Florida (94)   

C          Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)       

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL        Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)        

DL        Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)     

DL        A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)     

DL        Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)   

LB        Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)      

LB        A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)        

LB        Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)       

DB       Landon Collins, Alabama (274)     

DB       Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)      

DB       Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)     

DB       Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183)

Second-Team

DL        Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)             

DL        Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)     

DL        Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky (134)   

DL        Markus Golden, Missouri (125)  

LB        Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)    

LB        Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)      

LB        Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)      

DB       Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)     

DB       Tre'Davious White, LSU (141)      

DB       Damian Swann, Georgia (127)     

DB       Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)      

Third-Team

DL        Ray Drew, Georgia (102)               

DL        Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)     

DL        Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)     

DL        Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)        

LB        Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)        

LB        Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)     

LB        Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)     

DB       Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)   

DB       Corey Thompson, LSU (86)       

DB       Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)  

DB       Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)     

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P          Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)     

PK        Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)              

RS        Christion Jones, Alabama (262)               

AP        Christion Jones, Alabama (130)             

Second-Team

P          Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)       

PK        Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)                   

RS        Andre Debose, Florida (97)       

AP        Terrence Magee, LSU (111)      

Third-Team

P          Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)        

PK        Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)                 

RS        Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)       

AP        Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89)     

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

SEC CHAMPION

School   Points

Alabama              154

Auburn 75

South Carolina   32

Georgia                19

LSU        9

Ole Miss               2

Arkansas              1

Mississippi State               1

EASTERN DIVISION

School   Points

South Carolina   1895

Georgia                1777

Florida  1362

Missouri               1263

Tennessee          893

Vanderbilt           619

Kentucky             395

WESTERN DIVISION

School   Points

Alabama              1915

Auburn 1735

LSU        1453

Ole Miss               1069

Mississippi State               890

Texas A&M         791

Arkansas              351

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