LSU voted overwhelming favorite to defend SEC title

LSU voted overwhelming favorite to defend SEC title

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LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) returns a punt for a touchdown against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Posted on July 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

LSU’s performance in the 2012 BCS title game appears not to have weighed on the minds of reporters who cover the Southeastern Conference.

The school was the overwhelming pick to win the SEC by reporters during the conference’s annual media days.

LSU garnered 129 of 222 votes, nearly doubling reigning national champion Alabama, as the conference favorite. Georgia was a distant third with 14 votes to be SEC champion.

The Tigers also picked up 139 votes to finish first in the SEC West, nearly double what Alabama had.

The last time LSU was picked to win the conference, it won both the 2007 SEC title and the BCS title. It’s the second time since 1992 that LSU was selected to win the conference.

No school had more preseason first-team All-SEC picks (7) or overall picks (13) than LSU did. The 13 picks is the second-highest total ever, behind only Alabama’s in 2011.

St. Augustine graduate Tyrann Mathieu led the way, earning first team honors on defense and special teams as the return specialist.

He was joined on the preseason first-team defense list by defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery and safety Eric Reid while punter Brad Wing made first-team special teams.

Defensive lineman Bennie Logan and cornerback Tharold Simon were third-team selections on defense.

Offensive lineman Alex Hurst was the only player to make the first-team list on offense. Center P.J. Lonergan and lineman Chris Faulk were second-team selections while running back Spencer Ware was on the third team.

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