UK football picked fifth in SEC East, has no players picked first team

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, center, argues with referee Reggie Smith, left, during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP/WKRC) - Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll, while the University of Kentucky was picked fifth in the SEC East and had no player selected first-team All-SEC.

UK, which went 7-6 last season and earned a berth in the TaxSlayer Bowl, didn't have a single player selected on any of the three offensive teams picked. Defensive lineman Denzil Ware was a second-team pick, while linebacker Jordan Jones and safety Mike Edwards, a Winton Woods High School graduate, were third-team picks.

Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week's SEC Media Days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11.

The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Georgia's the favorite in the Eastern Division. Following Georgia in order were Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

The media have correctly picked the SEC champion two of the last three years, but only four times in the last 20 years.

Alabama also had a record 10 first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team.

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