SEC Media Days
LSU was picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Western Division as SEC media Days drew to a close Thursday in Hoover, Ala.
Alabama was the overwhelming choice to capture the SEC championship, collecting 154 votes out of the 293 ballots cast by media members covering the event.
Alabama tops the Western Division poll, followed by Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
South Carolina is favored in the Eastern Division with Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky rounding out the list.
LSU returns 16 starters (6 offense, 7 defense, 3 special teams) from last year's squad which capped a 10-3 season with a 21-14 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
One of the Tigers' biggest question marks entering fall practice is at quarterback where sophomore Brandon Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris, who enrolled early to suit up for spring practice, are battling for the starting job.
“It will be a very competitive event from the start to the finish,” LSU coach Les Miles said of the QB contest. “Cam Cameron, a guy who's made a career mentoring quarterbacks, is our offensive coordinator and will do exactly the right things with those guys. You'll see how well a freshman can execute at quarterback.”
Regarding the future of the program, Miles is extremely optimistic.
“We recruited the second nationally ranked team in the last year,” Miles said, referring to the Tigers' incoming freshman class. “We're a team that will expect some of these freshmen to come in and play. Leonard Fournette, Malaci Dupre, C.J. Garrett and Brandon Harris, to name four freshmen that we would expect to have a great impact on our season.
“We're a team that's really on the cusp of an opportunity to win championships.”
LSU claimed 10 spots on the preseason All-Conference team with offensive tackle La'el Collins as the lone first-team selection. Collins received the most votes of any offensive lineman on the squad. Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, cornerback Tre'Davious White, all-purpose Terrance Magee and placekicker Colby Delahoussaye were chosen to the second team. Representing LSU on the third unit are defensive end Jermauria Rasco, linebacker Kwon Alexander, cornerback Rashard Robinson, safety Corey Thompson and punter Jamie Keehn.
Alabama leads the way with nine first-team honorees.
The SEC preseason media poll:
1. South Carolina 1,895
2. Georgia 1,777
3. Florida 1,362
4. Missouri 1,263
5. Tennessee 893
6. Vanderbilt 619
7. Kentucky 395
1. Alabama 1,915
2. Auburn 1,735
3. LSU 1,453
4. Ole Miss 1,069
5. Mississippi State 890
6. Texas A&M 791
7. Arkansas 351
Alabama 154, Auburn 75, South Carolina 32, Georgia 19, LSU 9, Ole Miss 2, Arkansas 1, Mississippi State 1.