Tigers place fourth in East of SEC preseason poll, land two on All-SEC team

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 12:44 p.m. CDT; updated 7:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri took fourth place in the Eastern Division of its first Southeastern Conference preseason media poll and landed two players on the All-SEC media third team, the league announced Thursday.

Senior left tackle Elvis Fisher and junior cornerback E.J. Gaines were named to the All-SEC third team.

Missouri and Ole Miss were the only teams in the new 14-team SEC without a player on the first or second teams.

The polls were conducted as part of the SEC's Media Days, which are wrapping up in Hoover, Ala., Thursday after three days of press conferences and interviews.

In the coaches' All-SEC preseason teams released last week, Missouri players Fisher and Gaines, as well as senior linebacker Zaviar Gooden and senior wide receiver T.J. Moe, were named to the third team.

2012 SEC Preseason Media Poll


1. Georgia (132 first-place votes) — 1,434 points

2. South Carolina (72) — 1,358

3. Florida (12) — 1,045

4. Missouri (2) — 797

5. Tennessee (4) — 718

6. Vanderbilt — 598

7. Kentucky — 266


1. LSU (139) — 1,449

2. Alabama (72) — 1,379

3. Arkansas (6) — 1,093

4. Auburn (4) — 827

5. Texas A&M — 653

6. Mississippi State — 554

7. Ole Miss (1) — 261

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