BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Five Vanderbilt football players – junior wide receiver Earl Bennett, senior offensive tackles Chris Williams and Brian Stamper, senior linebacker Jonathan Goff and junior quarterback Chris Nickson – were named to the Southeastern Conference football coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team Thursday.
Bennett, Williams and Goff were named first team All-SEC by the coaches. Stamper was selected second team all-league for the second consecutive year. Nickson earned third team All-SEC by the coaches.
The Commodores are expected to open preseason camp on Aug. 6, pointing toward the 2007 season opener against Richmond on Sept. 1. The Richmond game, featuring a kickoff at 6:00 p.m., is the first of four straight to be played in Vanderbilt Stadium.
Commodore Head Coach Bobby Johnson said the five Commodores were very deserving all-conference recipients on a team that has several other would-be prospects.
“I’m very happy for all five of our guys. To be considered among the best at your position by the coaches, especially in a league as strong as the SEC, is quite an honor," Johnson said. "Vanderbilt fans can take a great deal of pride in the accomplishments and character of these young men."