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JD McCarthy
Tue, June 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM·4 min read
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  • Owen Pappoe
  • American football linebacker
  • Tank Bigsby
    American football running back
  • Jahmyr Gibbs
    American football running back

Athlon Sports announced its preseason All-SEC Team for the 2022 season, and nine Auburn players made one of the four teams.

The Tigers had two first-team selections, running back Tank Bigsby and defensive lineman Derick Hall. Defensive lineman Colby Wooden and punter Oscar Chapman were named to the second-team.

Linebacker Owen Pappoe, offensive lineman Keiondre Jones, and kicker Anders Carlson each made the third-team. Tight end John Samuel Shenker and safety Zion Puckett were fourth-team selections.

Check out the full teams below.

A message from Athlon Sports on how they select the teams.

These are based on how players will perform in 2022. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2022 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. Also, team strength does not play a role in selections. These are the best individual players at each position in the league for ’22.


First-Team Offense



QB Bryce Young, Alabama
RB Tank Bigsby, Auburn
RB Christopher Rodriguez, Kentucky
AP Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
WR Cedric Tillman, Tennessee
WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU
TE Brock Bowers, Georgia
C Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
OL Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
OL Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
OL Broderick Jones, Georgia
OL Emil Ekiyor, Alabama

First-Team Defense


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DL Jalen Carter, Georgia
DL Derick Hall, Auburn
DL Byron Young, Alabama
DL Byron Young, Tennessee
LB Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
LB Nolan Smith, Georgia
LB Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama
LB Bumper Pool, Arkansas
CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia
CB Cam Smith, South Carolina
S Jordan Battle, Alabama
S Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

First-Team Specialist


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K Harrison Mevis, Missouri
P Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M
KR Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State
PR Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

Second-team Offense


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QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
RB Devon Achane, Texas A&M
RB Kenny McIntosh, Georgia
AP Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
WR Jermaine Burton, Alabama
WR Josh Vann, South Carolina
TE Jaheim Bell, South Carolina
C Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
OL Javon Foster, Missouri
OL Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky
OL O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
OL Jeremy James, Ole Miss

Second-Team Defense


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DL Maason Smith, LSU
DL Ali Gaye, LSU
DL Isaiah McGuire, Missouri
DL Colby Wooden, Auburn
LB Brenton Cox Jr., Florida
LB BJ Ojulari, LSU
LB Dallas Turner, Alabama
LB J.J. Weaver, Kentucky
LB Jeremy Banks, Tennessee
CB Eli Ricks, Alabama
CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
S Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
S Christopher Smith, Georgia

Second-Team Specialist


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K Will Reichard, Alabama
P Oscar Chapman, Auburn
KR Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
PR Kearis Jackson, Georgia

Third-Team Offense


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QB KJ Jefferson, Arkansas
RB Zach Evans, Ole Miss
RB John Emery, LSU
AP Jo’quavious Marks, Mississippi State
WR Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
WR Jaden Walley, Mississippi State
TE Cameron Latu, Alabama
C Bryce Foster, Texas A&M
OL Keiondre Jones, Auburn
OL Beaux Limmer, Arkansas
OL Jerome Carvin, Tennessee
OL Warren McClendon, Georgia
OL Eli Cox, Kentucky

Third-Team Defense


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DL Gervon Dexter, Florida
DL Zacch Pickens, South Carolina
DL Tyler Baron, Tennessee
DL McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M
LB Anfernee Orji, Vanderbilt
LB Owen Pappoe, Auburn
LB Ventrell Miller, Florida
LB Robert Beal, Georgia
CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
CB Jason Marshall, Florida
CB Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M
S Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
S A.J. Finley, Ole Miss
S Martez Manuel, Missouri

Third-Team Specialist


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K Anders Carlson Auburn
P Paxton Brooks, Tennessee
KR Juju McDowell, South Carolina
PR Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky

Fourth-Team Offense


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QB Will Rogers, Mississippi State
RB Rocket Sanders, Arkansas
RB Jabari Small, Tennessee
AP Dakereon Joyner, South Carolina
WR Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
WR Tauskie Dove, Missouri
WR Adonai Mitchell, Georgia
TE John Samuel Shenker, Auburn
TE Arik Gilbert, Georgia
C LaQuinston Sharp, Mississippi State
OL Bradley Ashmore, Vanderbilt
OL Jovaughn Gwyn, South Carolina
OL Reuben Fatheree II, Texas A&M
OL Cameron Wire, LSU
OL Javion Cohen, Alabama
OL Darnell Wright, Tennessee
OL Hyrin White, Missouri

Fourth-Team Defense


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DL Justin Rogers, Kentucky
DL Cedric Johnson, Ole Miss
DL Jaden Crumedy, Mississippi State
DL D.J. Dale, Alabama
DL Jaquelin Roy, LSU
LB Jett Johnson, Mississippi State
LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas
LB Tyrus Wheat, Mississippi State
LB DeAndre Square, Kentucky
LB Micah Baskerville, LSU
CB Deantre Prince, Ole Miss
CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
DB Brian Branch, Alabama
DB Rashad Torrence II, Florida
S Tyrell Ajian, Kentucky
S Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
S Jay Ward, LSU
S DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama
S Zion Puckett, Auburn

Fourth-Team Specialist


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K Cam Little, Arkansas
P Kai Kroeger, South Carolina
KR Devon Achane, Texas A&M
PR Josh Vann, South Carolina

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Appreciate your work on this stuff fifty. 👍

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13 hours ago, AUinMS9528 said:

I think JSS is better than 4th team.  

He's not.  I like JSS and he really elevated his game last year, but the guys ahead of him are NFL tight ends.

Bowers is probably the best TE in the country and he's not even draft eligible.  Latu is a top 3 TE in the country in next years draft and the kid from SC had better stats than JSS and on a worse team w/out a competent QB.

JSS hasn't caught a TD pass in 2 years.  2 in his 4 years at Auburn.  I wouldn't be surprised if King ends up on post season lists & has better stats than JSS.

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That being said...who are some guys no on the lists that could be there by year end????

Landon King if he can explode a a combo new age hybrid WR
Calzada has the arm strength & ability
Maybe Zierer if he takes the step forward everyone thinks

Leota has a chance.
I think one of our top 3 corners has a shot to get on the list.
Not sure any other LBs


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