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Florida Gators Tim Tebow not unanimous selection for SEC coaches' first-team offense

GAINESVILLE -- We here at Gator Clause demand full transparency. We want to know which Southeastern Conference football coach did not vote Florida quarterback Tim Tebow for first-team offense in the SEC football preseason all-conference football team? (sarcasm, people)

The league's preseason all-SEC teams were released today. While coaches voted in 16 UF players total and eight UF players to the first-team offense, defense and special teams, there is one minor problem. Tebow isn't a unanimous selection for first-team offense!

If ever there was a no-brainer in selecting an all-conference quarterback, then it would be selecting Tebow -- in his senior year, after winning a national championship and an SEC championship -- as the league's top quarterback this season. Tebow was such a shoe-in for first-team offense, you got to think that one coach didn't vote for Tebow just out of spite. (And you'd think coaches would be above all that.) Who's better in the SEC, I ask you? Jevan Snead of Ole Miss? Snead might be drafted higher than Tebow next year but for now Tebow is the best quarterback with the most experience in the SEC. He's the only quarterback with national title rings, for which he has two. He's the only quarterback with a Heisman Trophy. 

People are talking about Tebow being one of the best players in the history of college football, but apparently one coach (or maybe more than one, who knows) doesn't think Tebow is the best quarterback in the SEC this season. Does anyone else find this bizarre or at least very intriguing?

Who could it be? Who is the Gator hater? Lane Kiffin at Tennessee? Everyone blames him for everything these days. He has never coached against Tebow, so maybe he doesn't fully respect the player and his Kiffin abilities yet. Maybe Mark Richt at Georgia? Nah, got to believe Mark has plenty of respect for Tebow. Maybe it was Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt? Nope. It can't be Nutt because coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players.

[PICTURED, A Gator hater?]

This much I know, we're going to get to the bottom of this. SEC Media Days are next week and I'll be asking every single coach if they voted Tebow to the first team.

Gators first-team players: Tebow, guard Mike Pouncey, center Maurkice Pouncey (although he might not play center this season), defensive end Carlos Dunlap, middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, cornerback Joe Haden, punter Chas Henry and return specialist Brandon James.

A few other things of interest...

UF safety Ahmad Black isn't on the first-team defense despite making THE play of the national championship game and collecting seven interceptions last season...The only unanimous first-team selections were Alabama receiver Julio Jones, LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black and Tennessee safety Eric Berry...The two Floridians who were selected to the first-team defense do not play for Florida. They play for Alabama: defensive tackle Terrence Cody (Fort Myers) and cornerback Javier Arenas (Tampa)...UF tight end Aaron Hernandez is a third-team tight end? Talk about motivation...The same goes for UF safety Major Wright of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Wright seems better than a third-team safety...UF defensive end Jermaine Cunningham didn't make the list.

OFFENSE

First-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           
TE           Richard Dickson, LSU                        6-3          246         Sr.           Ocean Springs, Miss.
*OL        Ciron Black, LSU                                6-5          325         Sr.           Tyler, Texas
OL          Mike Johnson, Alabama                    6-6          305         Sr.           Pensacola, Fla.
OL          Mike Pouncey, Florida                       6-5          312         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.
OL          John Jerry, Ole Miss                            6-5          350         Sr.           Batesville, Miss.
C             Maurkice Pouncey, Florida               6-5          312         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.
*WR       Julio Jones, Alabama                          6-4          210         So.          Foley, Ala.
WR         A.J. Green, Georgia                              6-4          207         So.          Summerville, S.C.
QB          Tim Tebow, Florida                             6-3          240         Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.
RB          Michael Smith, Arkansas                   5-7          176         Sr.           Tallahassee, Fla.
RB          Charles Scott, LSU                              5-11        233         Sr.           Saline, La.

Second-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown
TE           D.J. Williams, Arkansas                      6-2          251         Jr.            Little Rock, Ark.
OL          Lee Ziemba, Auburn                           6-8          285         Jr.            Rogers, Ark.
OL          Clint Boling, Georgia                           6-5          297         Jr.            Alpharetta, Ga.
#OL        Chris Scott, Tennessee                        6-5          346         Sr.           Riverdale, Ga.
#OL        Carl Johnson, Florida                          6-6          330         Jr.            Durham, N.C.
#OL        Cordy Glenn, Georgia                         6-5          331         So.          Riverdale, Ga.
C             Josh McNeil, Tennessee                     6-4          280         Sr.           Collins, Miss.
WR         Brandon LaFell, LSU                          6-3          209         Sr.           Houston, Texas
WR         Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss               5-8          165         Sr.           Largo, Fla.
QB          Jevan Snead, Ole Miss                        6-3          215         Jr.            Stephenville, Texas
RB          Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State    6-1          235         Sr.           Jackson, Miss.
RB          Jeff Demps, Florida                             5-8          176         So.          Winter Garden, Fla.

Third-Team Offense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown
TE           Aaron Hernandez, Florida                 6-3          255         Jr.            Bristol, Conn.
OL          Jacques McClendon, Tennessee       6-3          324         Sr.           Cleveland, Tenn.
OL          Zipp Duncan, Kentucky                    6-5          291         Sr.           Magnolia, Ky.
OL          Mitch Petrus, Arkansas                      6-4          315         Sr.           Carlisle, Ark.
OL          Trinton Sturdivant, Georgia               6-5          306         So.          Wadesboro, N.C.
C             Jorge Gonzalez, Kentucky                 6-3          300         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.
WR         Shay Hodge, Ole Miss                        6-1          207         Sr.           Morton, Miss.
#WR       Terrance Tolliver, LSU                       6-5          194         Jr.            Hempstead, Texas
#WR       Gerald Jones, Tennessee                    6-0          199         Jr.            Oklahoma City, Okla.
#QB        Stephen Garcia, South Carolina       6-2          219         So.          Lutz, Fla.
#QB        Mike Hartline, Kentucky                   6-6          206         Jr.            Canton, Ohio
RB          Mark Ingram, Alabama                     5-10        215         So.          Flint, Mich.
RB          Ben Tate, Auburn                                                5-11        216         Sr.           Newark, Md.  

DEFENSE

First-Team  Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           
DL          Terrence Cody, Alabama                  6-5          365         Sr.           Fort Myers, Fla.
DL          Greg Hardy, Ole Miss                          6-4          265         Sr.           Millington, Tenn.
DL          Carlos Dunlap, Florida                       6-6          290         Jr.            North Charleston, S.C.
LB          Rolando McClain, Alabama             6-4          249         Jr.            Decatur, Ala.
LB          Brandon Spikes, Florida                     6-3          245         Sr.           Shelby, N.C.
LB          Rennie Curran, Georgia                      5-11        222         Jr.            Snellville, Ga.
LB          Eric Norwood, South Carolina          6-1          252         Sr.           Acworth, Ga.
*DB        Eric Berry, Tennessee                         5-11        203         Jr.            Fairburn, Ga.
DB          Javier Arenas, Alabama                     5-9          198         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.
DB          Trevard Lindley, Kentucky               6-0          179         Sr.           Hiram, Ga.
DB          Joe Haden, Florida                              5-11        185         Jr.            Ft. Washington, Md.

Second-Team Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown
DL          Charles Alexander, LSU                     6-3          310         Sr.           Breaux Bridge, La.
DL          Antonio Coleman, Auburn                                6-3          250         Sr.           Mobile, Ala.
#DL        Geno Atkins, Georgia                          6-1          290         Sr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla.
#DL        Dan Williams, Tennessee                   6-3          327         Sr.           Memphis, Tenn.
#DL        Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas          6-2          280         Sr.           Bainbridge, Ga.
LB          Micah Johnson, Kentucky                                6-2          258         Sr.           Ft. Campbell, Ky.
LB          Patrick Benoist, Vanderbilt                6-0          224         Sr.           Southlake, Texas
LB          Rico McCoy, Tennessee                    6-1          220         Sr.           Washington, D.C.
LB          Dont’a Hightower, Alabama             6-4          250         So.          Lewisburg, Tenn.
DB          Ahmad Black, Florida                        5-9          190         Jr.            Lakeland, Fla.
DB          Chad Jones, LSU                                 6-3          214         Jr.            New Orleans, La.
DB          Prince Miller, Georgia                          5-8          198         Sr.           Duncan, S.C.
DB          Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt                   6-2          205         Sr.           Pompano Beach, Fla.

Third-Team Defense
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown
DL          Jeff Owens, Georgia                            6-3          300         Sr.           Sunrise, Fla.
DL          Marcus Tillman, Ole Miss                  6-4          260         Sr.           McCall Creek, Miss.
#DL        Rahim Alem, LSU                               6-3          254         Sr.           New Orleans, La.
#DL        Corey Peters, Kentucky                     6-3          295         Sr.           Louisville, Ky.
LB          Chris Marve, Vanderbilt                     6-0          228         So.          Memphis, Tenn.
LB          Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State      6-1          245         Sr.           Fort Pierce, Fla.
LB          Ryan Stamper, Florida                       6-2          232         Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.
LB          Perry Riley, LSU                                  6-1          240         Sr.           Ellenwood, Ga.
DB          Major Wright, Florida                         6-0          200         Jr.            Miramar, Fla.
DB          Janoris Jenkins, Florida                      5-10        185         So.          Pahokee, Fla.
#DB        Ryan Hamilton, Vanderbilt               6-2          210         Sr.           Wycombe, Penn.
#DB        Chris Culliver, South Carolina          6-0          190         Jr.            Garner, N.C.
#DB        Reshad Jones, Georgia                      6-2          214         Jr.            Atlanta, Ga. 

SPECIALISTS

First-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           
PK          Leigh Tiffin, Alabama                        6-1          199         Sr.           Muscle Shoals, Ala.
P              Chas Henry, Florida                            6-4          215         Jr.            Dallas, Ga.
RS           Brandon James, Florida                     5-7          186         Sr.           St. Augustine, Fla.

Second-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           
PK          Jonathan Phillips, Florida                   5-10        210         Sr.           Wellington, Fla.
P              Brett Upson, Vanderbilt                     5-11        185         Sr.           Griffin, Ga.
RS           Javier Arenas, Alabama                     5-9          198         Sr.           Tampa, Fla.

Third-Team  Specialists
Pos.         Name, Team                                        Ht.          Wt.          Class      Hometown           
PK          Joshua Shene, Ole Miss                      5-8          170         Sr.           Oklahoma City, Okla.
P              Spencer Lanning, South Carolina    5-11        188         Jr.            Rock Hill, S.C.
RS           Trindon Holliday, LSU                       5-5          165         Sr.           Zachary, La.

* - Unanimous Selections# - Ties

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I can't believe Tebow wasn't selected as a unanimous SEC first team pick. I think your right Jo and it could only be Lane Kiffin that didn't vote for him out of spite. Tennessee is trying to get ran off the field this September with all the disrespect flying from the head coach.

I'm thinking it was Saban. voted Snead so he can say with a straight face that he voted JS the best QB in the SEC before their massive matchup this year.

Good call, Rico. Whoever it was, I guarantee you it wasn't the coach at Miss. State.

-jo-

So....if coaches can't vote for their own players....Urban Meyer?

Sorry for the confusion. Since coaches can't vote for their own players, 11 votes is considered unanimous.

-jo-

What a spiteful, absurd thing to do. Guy is the back-to-back Maxwell award winner (2nd ever to win back-to-back, first time since 1952/53) and should have been the back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner. SEC coaches really are fickle.

This is just a preview of the Tebow backlash you will see this year. All I can say is keep it coming, it what fuels him. Last year, before the NC game, that Oklahoma player made that aburd comment about Tebow and the Big 12 QBs and look where it got him! I believe he was Gator Chomped literally and figuratively in the second half. Bring it on, we need all the ammo we can get to keep these guys motivated!!!

I'm thinking it was Saban. voted Snead so he can say with a straight face that he voted JS the best QB in the SEC before their massive matchup this year.

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It wasn't Lane Kiffin, Coach K has nothing but great respect for Tim Tebow.

But I guess from another fan's perspective, it would definitely seem like it would be Kiffin, the obvious choice..

Nice try though.

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