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Willis unanimous all-SEC pick

Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis was the only unanimous selection to the Southeastern Conference’s preseason football coaches all-SEC team announced Thursday.

Willis, an All-America selection who led the nation in solo tackles last season, was the only player from the state of Mississippi to make the first team. Auburn led the conference with seven first-team selections and 14 total. Twelve players each from defending SEC champion Georgia, LSU and Arkansas were chosen.

Coaches named three Mississippi State players to the second-team. Lineman Brian Anderson was named to the offensive team, and linebacker Quinton Culberson and defensive back Jeramie Johnson were chosen on defense.

Tackle Michael Oher was the only other Rebels selection, earning a position on third-team offense.

The Auburn Tigers led all teams with 14 players selected to the 2006 Southeastern Conference Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team, announced today.

Defending SEC champion Georgia had 12 players selected as well as Arkansas and LSU. Florida was the only other SEC team with double figure selections with ten. There were first, second and third-teams selected for this year’s coaches pre-season squad.

Ten of the 12 SEC teams had first-team selections and every conference school has representatives on the All-SEC squad.

Tennessee offensive lineman Arron Sears, LSU defensive back LaRon Landry and Auburn punter Kody Bliss were repeat first-team selections from the 2005 Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team.

This is the third year of the SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team. It is released in advance of the 2006 SEC Football Media Days, which will be held July 26-28, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Media in attendance at SEC Football Media Days will vote on the All-SEC Team and a predicted order of finish for the league.

Auburn led all schools with seven first-team selections followed by Georgia with five while Arkansas and Florida had three each. LSU and Tennessee each had two players selected to the first-team while Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt each had one first-team selection.