HOOVER, Ala. – University of Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry was the leading vote-getter among all players for the 2009 SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC team, as selected by the media.
Florida was a unanimous choice to win the conference’s Eastern Division and a nearly unanimous choice to claim the conference championship game in December.
Voting was conducted Wednesday and Thursday and the results were released Friday morning. A total of 64 votes were cast.
Berry, a junior who is being touted for Heisman Trophy consideration, was named on 62 of the ballots, one more than Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes. Berry also was a unanimous choice of the conference coaches for their preseason all-conference team, which was released last week.
Center Josh McNeil and linebacker Rico McCoy were the only other Volunteers honored. Each was named to the second team.
Vanderbilt’s Myron Lewis, a second-team cornerback, was the only Commodore selected.
VU was picked to finish fifth in the East, however, just ahead of Kentucky. Tennessee was pegged for fourth.
Three schools received first-place votes in the West – Alabama (33), LSU (15) and Ole Miss (16) – but the Crimson Tide emerged as the top choice.
Florida was the choice for all but one voter to win the conference title game. The lone other vote went to Ole Miss.