Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen were named to the preseason All-SEC's first team in a poll of the conference's coaches on Thursday. As far as preseason all-conference picks go, these two are about as solid as it gets. Lemonier recorded 28 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2011, and barring injuries, he should improve on those numbers and have a monster season in 2012. Lutzenkirchen caught 24 passes for 238 yards and seven touchdowns last year. If everything goes according to plan under new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, Lutzie should be a major player in Auburn's passing game this season. With the addition of fullback Jay Prosch, Lutzenkirchen will be freed up from some of his blocking duties, which should give him a nice increase in his offensive statistics.
In addition to its two first-teamers, Auburn had three others placed on the preseason All-SEC teams. Wide receiver Emory Blake and punter Steven Clark were named to the second team, and linebacker Daren Bates was named to the third team.
Auburn's five selections ties for eighth in the conference with Tennessee. Alabama and LSU led the SEC with 11 preseason selections. Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt each had two. Newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M had four and seven selections, respectively.
Alabama -- 11 selections (4 first team) Mississippi State -- 4 (1)
Arkansas -- 10 (4) Missouri -- 4 (0)
Auburn -- 5 (2) Ole Miss -- 2 (0)
Florida -- 8 (0). South Carolina -- 8 (2)
Georgia -- 8 (2) Tennessee -- 5 (1)
Kentucky -- 2 (1) Texas A&M -- 7 (3)
LSU -- 11 (7) Vanderbilt -- 2 (0)
What's the biggest surprise on this All-SEC team? We'll go with Florida's collective representation. Not only are the Gators devoid of any first-teamers, but only one offensive player -- lineman Xavier Nixon -- made the list at all. For a school that has been synonymous with lighting up the scoreboard in recent decades, this shows just how far the mighty have fallen.