UT head coach Lane Kiffin and All-America safety Eric Berry concluded the 2009 SEC Media Days on Friday in Hoover, Ala., speaking to over 1,000 media members in attendance for the three-day event. Kiffin, Berry and senior tailback Montario Hardesty all traveled to represent Tennessee at the yearly media opportunity.
Prior to SEC Media Days, Berry was tabbed as one of three players named a unanimous first-team selection in the Coaches Preseason All-SEC team. Berry took first-team honors again after media members voted the SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC Team on Friday with 62 of the 64 first-place votes. Senior center Josh McNeil and senior linebacker Rico McCoy snagged second-team honors.
Media members also voted on the SEC’s predicted standings for the 2009 season. Tennessee was selected to finish 4th in the SEC Eastern Division, with Florida the unanimous top pick in the division. Georgia and South Carolina finished second and third, respectively, in the Eastern Division, while Alabama was tabbed as the top finisher in the SEC West. Florida was nearly a unanimous choice for SEC Champion, receiving 63 of the 64 media votes.
The Vols begin fall practice on Aug. 4 with the season opener on Sept. 5 against Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.