Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications Release: 07/21/2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala — Nine Georgia Bulldogs were selected to the 2008 Southeastern Conference Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team as announced by the league on Monday.
Georgia’s nine players tabbed Pre-Season All-SEC by the league’s coaches ranked as the third most selections behind LSU’s 14 and Florida’s 10. For this year’s coaches pre-season squad, there were first, second and third-teams.
Sophomore running back Knowshon Moreno highlighted the group of Bulldogs on the team by being one of just six unanimous first-team selections, while senior linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was also named first team on defense.
Bulldogs earning second-team selections included senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, junior quarterback Matthew Stafford, junior defensive lineman Geno Atkins and junior defensive back Asher Allen. Earning third-team recognition were senior defensive lineman Jeff Owens, senior punter Brian Mimbs and sophomore linebacker Rennie Curran.
Of the 81 student-athletes named to the first, second and third teams, Moreno and Curran represent two of the six sophomores chosen. A total of 35 juniors and 40 seniors were named to the team.
This is the fifth year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team. It is released in advance of the 2008 SEC Football Media Days, which will be held July 23-25, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Georgia will be represented at the event by head coach Mark Richt, Massaquoi and Owens. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on the All-SEC Team and a predicted order of finish for the league.
Georgia’s 2008 SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team Selections:
First-Team All-SEC Offense
Knowshon Moreno, So., RB, Belford, N.J.
Second-Team All-SEC Offense
Mohamed Massaquoi, Sr., WR, Charlotte, N.C.
Matthew Stafford, Jr., QB, Dallas, Texas
First-Team All-SEC Defense
Dannell Ellerbe, Sr., LB, Hamlet, N.C.
Second-Team All-SEC Defense
Asher Allen, Jr., DB, Tucker, Ga.
Geno Atkins, Jr., DL, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Third-Team All-SEC Defense
Rennie Curran, So., LB, Snellville, Ga.
Jeff Owens, Sr., DT, Sunrise, Fla.
Third-Team All-SEC Special Teams
Brian Mimbs, Sr., P, Dublin, Ga.