College football starts on Thursday. We already previewed the SEC, Big 12, Pac 10, ACC, Big East & Big Ten. We already showed you the All-American senior, junior and freshman teams. To further get you in the mood, here is our All-Time All-SEC Team. We focused on what players did while in school, thus Tebow remains the God he was in Gainesville.
QB: Tim Tebow [Florida] Pro prospects aside, he was one of the best college quarterbacks ever. 88 passing touchdowns. 57 rushing touchdowns. A Heisman trophy as a sophomore. A 26-2 record as a starter his junior and senior seasons. Life-altering to meet in person. Coaching just wasn’t the same to Urban Meyer without him.
RB: Herschel Walker [Georgia] An absolute monster. 5,259 yards and 49 touchdowns over three seasons. He was a top three in Heisman voting each year he played.
RB: Bo Jackson [Auburn] He had freakish athleticism before the term existed. Heisman winner in 1985. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry over his career.
WR: Josh Reed [LSU] He’s the most prolific receiver in LSU history with 3,001 yards. He only played two seasons. Reed holds both the single-season and single-game SEC records. He had 14 catches for 239 yards in the Sugar Bowl against Illinois.
WR: A.J. Green [Georgia] Hard to make a numerical case for him. He got boned with the jersey suspension in his only season as an upperclassman. Still, he could do this.
TE: Ozzie Newsome [Alabama] Technically, he was a wide receiver in a wishbone offense in college, but he deserves to be on the team. He was Alabama’s player of the decade for the 1970’s. He averaged more than 20 yards per reception. The Crimson Tide had a 42-6 record during his four seasons.
OL: John Hannah [Alabama] One of the best offensive linemen in football history. Two-time All-American when he was at Alabama. Later a nine-time Pro Bowler for the Pats.
OL: Chris Samuels [Alabama] Outland trophy winner. Started 42-straight games without allowing a sack.
OL: Bob Gain [Kentucky] Outland trophy winner. Started both ways at tackle, and was the place-kicker. He was 230lbs, which must have been huge in the 1940s.
OL: Andre Smith [Alabama] Best remembered for his tits-flapping 40-yard-dash, but he was an Outland Trophy winner, a consensus All-American and a beast.
OL: Marcus McNeill [Auburn] 6’9″ 335. Two-time All-American. He was a fixture on Auburn’s undefeated team in 2004.
DL: Reggie White [Tennessee] No brainer. He was the “minister of defense” before he got to the NFL. 32 sacks, including 15 his senior season.
DL: Tracy Rocker [Auburn] He did not amount to much in the NFL, but he was three-time SEC and a two-time All American.
DL: Jack Youngblood [Florida] All-American. Prolific pass-rusher (29 sacks) in three seasons in the late 1960s.
DL: David Pollack [Georgia] Three-time All-American. Lombardi award. Hurt his neck in the NFL and now works for ESPN.
LB: Cornelius Bennett [Alabama] Three-time All American. Lombardi award. Owns claim to “the Sack” for this nasty hit on Notre Dame’s Steve Beuerlein.
LB: Lee Roy Jordan [Alabama] Played three seasons from 1960-1962. Alabama lost twice. Best known for his 30-tackle performance in Alabama’s shutout of Oklahoma in the 1963 Orange Bowl.
LB: Derrick Thomas [Alabama] He had 45 sacks from 1987 to 1988. Enough said.
CB: Tommy Casanova [LSU] All-American every year he played varsity. Also played running back and returned punts and kicks. Fantastic name.
CB: Champ Bailey [Georgia] One of the most appropriately named football players ever. Shutdown corner. Also contributed on offense and special teams.
S: Terry Hoage [Georgia] Two-time SEC defensive player of the year. Georgia went 43-4-1 while he was there. Awesome 80s hair.
S: Eric Berry [Tennessee] Unanimous All-American his sophomore and junior seasons. SEC defensive player of the year.
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