In a very unsurprising development, only two Kentucky Wildcat football players were named to the coaches pre-season first or second team All-SEC squads. Wildcat offensive lineman Larry Warford was named to the first team, with wide out La'Rod King (40 catches for 598 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011) being voted a second team member. Both Wildcats are seniors.
Vanderbilt and Ole Miss joined UK in bringing up the rear in selections, with each school also placing two players on the pre-season honors list. Vandy, Ole Miss, and new SEC member Missouri, had no players placed on the first team. Traditional SEC power Florida had only one player, place kicker Caleb Sturgis, selected first team All-SEC.
Both Alabama, the defending national champion, and LSU, 2012's national title runner-up, placed a league-leading 11 players on the list, while Arkansas followed up with 10 picks.
In other Wildcat football news, senior center Matt Smith was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List yesterday, an award given annually to the nation's best center. Smith was one of 10 SEC players selected for the list.