BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide were selected to win the 2000
Southeastern Conference title, in a media poll taken at Kickoff 2000, SEC
Football Media Days, held in Birmingham, Ala.
In a vote of 89 media personnel, the Crimson Tide were named on 61 ballots
to win the SEC title followed by Georgia with 11 votes, Florida with 10 and
Ole Miss with two. Five voters did not name an SEC champion.
In the Eastern Division race, Florida was predicted to finish first,
followed by Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. In
the Western Division, Alabama was chosen first, Ole Miss, Mississippi
State, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU.
There were no unanimous selections to the preseason All-SEC team. Alabama
wide receiver Freddie Milons and Vanderbilt linebacker Jamie Winborn
received the most votes with 87. Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter received
86 of the possible 89 votes.
For the first time, a first and second-team preseason All-SEC squad was
Tennessee placed six men on the preseason All-SEC team, three on offense
and three on defense.
Running back Travis Henry, a 5-11, 220-pound senior from Frostproof, Fla.,
made the first-team offense. He received 49 votes.
Also making the first-team for Tennessee was offensive lineman Fred Weary
with 33 votes. Weary is a 6-4, 301-pound junior from Montgomery, Ala.
Outside linebacker Eric Westmoreland, a 6-0, 230-pounder from Jasper, made
the first-team defense with 57 votes. He was joined by 5-11, 185-pound
defensive back Andre Lott. Lott, a Memphis native, received 31 votes.
Punter David Leaverton led the Vols with 61 votes to make the first-team
defense. Leaverton is a 6-4, 210-pound senior from Midland, Texas.
Wide receiver Cedric Wilson was the only player from Tennessee who made the
second-team defense with 23 votes. Wilson is a 5-10, 175-pound senior from
Crimson Tide picked to win 2000 SEC title
Published: Tue Aug 01, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:16 p.m.