Two Georgia Bulldogs found themselves named to the preseason First Team All Southeastern Conference at the recent SEC Media Days, putting them amongst some of the most promising players in the Southeast.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, running back Nick Chubb and offensive lineman Greg Pyke were both named to the list, which is voted on by top members of the college football media prior to each season.
Pyke, the six-foot-six, 313-pound senior, has started 23 games at the University of Georgia and is expected to be an anchor on the Bulldog’s offensive line. Pyke, who started ten games as a right guard last season, is moving to right tackle during the offseason.
Star running back Nick Chubb also found himself on the list, which is good news for the junior who ended last season early after going down with a season-ending injury against Tennessee in October.
Chubb tore three knee ligaments in Knoxville but is expected to return healthy for the first game of the upcoming season.
Chubb rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in the five games before his injury.
UGA’s two first team selections rank it sixth in the fourteen team conference, and second best in the Eastern Division. Alabama boasts the most selections in the SEC with seven, and Tennessee has the most in the East with three.
In addition to Chubb and Pyke, four other players wearing red and black were named to the second and third all conference teams.
Brandon Kublanow, a two-year starter at center, and Dominick Sanders, the safety who intercepted eight passes last season, were both named preseason Second Team All-SEC.
The program’s third team selections were linebacker Lorenzo Carter and kick returner Isaiah McKenzie.
Carter recorded nineteen tackles and forced two fumbles in the 2015-16 season.
McKenzie returned five kickoffs or punts for a touchdown last season, tying the school’s all-time record.
A complete list of the preseason All-SEC selections can be found here.
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