MU football recognized in SEC preseason polls
Now that the Southeastern Conference media days are over, media members have made their choices for both preseason team and individual honors.
Missouri was picked to finish third in the SEC East, the second time the Tigers have been predicted to finish that high with the other instance coming in 2015. Missouri received three of the 260 first-place votes.
Georgia was picked to finish atop the division, while Florida was picked to finish second. Alabama was the overwhelming choice to finish first in the West as well as repeat as SEC champions.
Five Tigers were also selected to the preseason All-SEC teams. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who has been ranked among the top tight ends in the nation, was selected to the All-SEC first-team.
Offensive guard Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms (second-team), linebacker Cale Garrett (second-team), running back Larry Rountree (third-team) and cornerback DeMarkus Acy (third-team) rounded out Missouri’s All-SEC picks.
Tigers named to college football preseason watchlists
Over the past week, a number of Missouri football players have been named to different preseason watchlists.
Albert Okwuegbunam was on the most watchlists of the group, being named to both the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation’s most outstanding receiver) and the John Mackey Award (given to the nation’s most outstanding tight end) watchlists.
Newcomer Kelly Bryant was named to the Maxwell Award watchlist, which is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding college football player.
Cale Garrett (Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s defensive player of the year), Larry Rountree (Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding running back) and Trystan Colon-Castillo (Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding center) were the other Tigers named to the preseason watchlists.
— Missourian staff