After back-to-back 2-10 seasons, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Vanderbilt was picked to finish last in its division when the Southeastern Conference Media Days All-SEC Teams were announced on Friday.
The Commodores received 215 points and were picked sixth in the SEC East by the media contingent at Hoover, Ala. Only Ole Miss received fewer points (214). The Rebels were pegged for last in the SEC West.
Defending East champ South Carolina was picked to repeat, with Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky following. Overall, Alabama was projected to finish first in the league, with fellow West rivals LSU and Arkansas rounding out the top three.
Vanderbilt had three players named to the preseason all-conference teams, which included three teams for offense, defense and special teams.
Senior linebacker Chris Marve was named to the all-defense second team. The 6-foot, 235-pounder from Memphis is the league’s active career leader in tackles. A leg injury last year kept him from starting for the first time in his career but he still ranked high among team leaders with eight tackles for loss (first), 80 tackles (second) and 49 solo stops (third).
Senior cornerback Casey Hayward earned third-team defensive honors. The 5-11, 188-pounder from Perry, Ga., ranked fifth in the country last year with six interceptions. He led the SEC with 17 passes defended, which was third in the nation.
Tight end Brandon Barden split third-team offense honors with Alabama's Michael Williams.
Tennessee also placed three players on the all-conference teams. As a junior in 2010, the 6-5, 246-pounder led the team in receptions (34) and receiving yards (425). Both were also single-season career highs for the Lincolnton, Ga., native.
Senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson was named to the first-team defense. The 6-5, 270-pounder had 48 tackles, 11 for loss, and five sacks in 2010.
Junior cornerback Janzen Jackson was tabbed to the second team. The 6-foot, 187-pounder intercepted five passes and recorded 69 tackles last season.
Running back Tauren Poole was named to the third-team offense. The 5-10, 215-pound senior rushed for 1,034 yards, including six 100-yard rushing games, and 12 total touchdowns in 2010.