Athlon Sports: One Vandy player on All-Conference (3rd Team)

This is literally the face I was making reading some of the names on the 3rd/4th team. - Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Athlon Sports was slightly more respectful towards SEC football than the SEC media was. Slightly.

As CDA recently reported, the SEC media snubbed Vanderbilt and gave us not one player on any of their three all-SEC teams.  That snub not being enough for the hate-Vandy express, picked us to finish 6th in the East, just above Kentucky.

A small bit of good news though - Athlon Sports was slightly more favorable to Vanderbilt in their rankings from about a month ago.  Slightly.  Athlon gave DT Vince Taylor 3rd team all-SEC honors.  Athlon Sports also does a "4th team", for which two Vanderbilt players were listed: LB Caleb Azubike and KR Darrius Sims.

In that same article, Athlon gives pre-season national ranks, putting Vanderbilt at 44, on par with Tennessee (42).  The only two schools Athlon ranks as worse than Vanderbilt are Arkansas (63) and Kentucky (70).

The people at Athlon sports also agree with the SEC media in a separate article which places Vanderbilt 6th in the East.  Athlon projects Vanderbilt to win only 2 conference games, and sweep our non-Conference opponents for an overall record of 6-6.  In the same article, they give Tennessee 3 wins in the conference, but project they will also finish at 6-6 overall.

The moral of the story?  It's not an uncommon opinion that Vanderbilt will return to "same old Vandy" this year.  The credit for our success is getting put entirely on the ol' Bald Poach.  Couple that with what we lost this last offseason, and you have plenty of reason for these types of outlooks.  Do not be surprised to hear "I told you so" even if we finish 6-6.  We need to get used to these kinds of projections, as they will be commonplace for many more years before we can prove that we've truly turned it around.

Below, is the full listing of the Athlon All-SEC team honors.  Again, you can read the full article here.

1ST TEAM 2ND TEAM 3RD TEAM 4TH TEAM
OFFENSE
QB

Nick Marshall

Auburn

Bo Wallace

Mississippi

Maty Mauk

Missouri

Dak Prescott

Miss. State

RB

Todd Gurley

Georgia

Alex Collins

Arkansas

Derrick Henry

Alabama

Leonard Fournette

LSU

RB

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama

Mike Davis

South Carolina

Kelvin Taylor

Florida

Jonathan Williams

Arkansas

WR

Amari Cooper

Alabama

Sammie Coates

Auburn

Jameon Lewis

Miss. State

Malcome Kennedy

Texas A&M

WR

Laquon Treadwell

Mississippi

Malcolm Mitchell

Georgia

Marquez North

Tennessee

Shaw Roland

South Carolina

TE

O.J. Howard

Alabama

Hunter Henry

Arkansas

Evan Engram

Mississippi

Malcom Johnson

Miss. State

C

Reese Dismukes

Auburn

David Andrews

Georgia

Evan Boehm

Missouri

Ryan Kelly

Alabama

G

A.J. Cann

South Carolina

Jarvis Harrison

Texas A&M

Vadal Alexander

LSU

Denver Kirkland

Arkansas

G

Alex Kozan

Auburn

Aaron Morris

Mississippi

Chad Slade

Auburn

Arie Kouandijo

Alabama

T

Cedirc Ogbuehi

Texas A&M

La'El Collins

LSU

Corey Robinson

South Carolina

Mitch Morse

Missouri

T

Laremy Tunsil

Mississippi

Austin Shepherd

Alabama

John Theus

Georgia

Dan Skipper

Arkansas

DEFENSE
DE

Dante Fowler

Florida

Trey Flowers

Arkansas

Alvin Dupree

Kentucky

Ray Drew

Georgia

DE

A'Shawn Robinson

Alabama

Markus Golden

Missouri

Carl Lawson

Auburn

Danielle Hunter

LSU

DT

Chris Jones

Miss. State

Jonathan Bullard

Florida

Darius Philon

Arkansas

Christian LaCouture

LSU

DT

Robert Nkemdiche

Mississippi

Gabe Wright

Auburn

Vince Taylor

Vanderbilt

Brandon Ivory

Alabama

LB

Trey DePriest

Alabama

Leonard Floyd

Georgia

Serderius Bryant

Mississippi

Caleb Azubike

Vanderbilt

LB

A.J. Johnson

Tennessee

Jordan Jenkins

Georgia

Benardrick McKinney

Miss. State

Denzel Devall

Alabama

LB

Ramik Wilson

Georgia

Skai Moore

South Carolina

Cassanova McKinzy

Auburn

Amarlo Herrera

Georgia

CB

Vernon Hargreaves III

Florida

Deshazor Everett

Texas A&M

Taveze Calhoun

Miss. State

Cam Sutton

Tennessee

CB

Tre'Davious White

LSU

Rashard Robinson

LSU

Damian Swann

Georgia

Jonathan Mincy

Auburn

S

Landon Collins

Alabama

Tony Conner

Mississippi

Braylon Webb

Missouri

Brian Randolph

Tennessee

S

Cody Prewitt

Mississippi

Robenson Therezie

Auburn

Jermaine Whitehead

Auburn

Kwon Alexander (LB)

LSU

SPECIAL TEAMS
K

Marshall Morgan

Georgia

Colby Delahoussaye

LSU

Elliott Fry

South Carolina

Andrew Baggett

Missouri

P

Drew Kaser

Texas A&M

Sam Irwin-Hill

Arkansas

Landon Foster

Kentucky

Jamie Keehn

LSU

KR

Christion Jones

Alabama

Trey Williams

Texas A&M

Andre Debose

Florida

Darrius Sims

Vanderbilt

PR

Christion Jones

Alabama

Marcus Murphy

Missouri

Speedy Noil

Texas A&M

DeMarco Robinson

Kentucky

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