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Dupree, Williamson on Media Preseason All-SEC Team
HOOVER, Ala. - Two Wildcats, junior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree and senior linebacker Avery Williamson, were named third-team Preseason All-Southeastern Conference, the league announced on Thursday.
The Preseason All-SEC teams were chosen by the 243 of the 1,239 media members attending 2013 SEC Media Days.
Dupree, who is projected to play defensive end this season after splitting time at defensive end and linebacker his first two seasons, enjoyed a strong 2012 season. The Irwinton, Ga., native was a Sophomore All-America Second-Team selection by CollegeFootballNews.com. Phil Steele's College Football and CollegeFootballMadness.com also named him a 2012 All-SEC performer. Dupree finished top 10 in the SEC in tackles (91), quarterback sacks (6.5) and tackles-for-loss (12.5) last season having started all 12 games. He set a career-high in tackles last season vs. WKU with 12, while he had double-digit tackles at Tennessee with a career-best three tackles-for-loss.
Williamson has also been named preseason second-team All-SEC honoree by Phil Steeles College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com. He was listed on the 2013 College Football Performance Defensive Awards and the 2013 Butkus Award Preseason Watch Lists.
Williamson is coming off a breakout 2012 season, in which he picked up All-SEC honors from Phil Steele's College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com. The Milan, Tenn., product is the returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 135 tackles last season. Williamson, who has played in 37 career games, started all 12 games for UK last season, posting eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 20 against Vanderbilt. The physical linebacker had a streak of four games with a least 13 tackles, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Randy Holleran in 1990. Williamson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery and an interception last season.
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 02: Jeremy Wright #28 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball while defended by Avery Williamson #40 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)