FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas senior defensive tackle and Hope High graduate McTelvin “Sosa” Agim and senior middle linebacker De’Jon “Scoota” Harris of Harvey, La. were the lone Razorbacks named to the Preseason Media Days All-SEC teams announced Friday in Hoover, Ala.
The teams were announced after the head coaches and three players from all 14 teams were interviewed at the Media Days last Monday through Thursday in Hoover.
Harris, last year’s leading tackler in the SEC with 118 stops, was voted second-team Preseason All-SEC by the attending voting media.
Agim, whose 10 tackles behind the line, including 4.5 quarterback sacks, led the 2018 Razorbacks in tackles for losses, was voted third-team Preseason All-SEC.
Along with Coach Chad Morris and senior running back Devwah Whaley, Agim and Harris represented the Razorbacks at their Wednesday morning session in Hoover.
Media predicted the Razorbacks, coming off a 2-10 season including 0-8 in the SEC, to finish last in the 7-team SEC West.
Alabama, the defending SEC champion and national runner-up, received 253 of the 260 first-place votes cast to win the SEC West and was favored by 1,813 points to 1,789 over Georgia, the defending SEC East champion projected to win the East again, in the SEC championship game in Atlanta.
LSU, receiving five first-place votes, was projected second in the West. Though without a first-place vote, Texas A&M on voting points was projected third in the West with Auburn, one first-place vote, fourth, and Mississippi State, one first-place vote, sixth.
Ole Miss, hosting Arkansas in the Razorbacks’ Sept. 7 SEC opener in Oxford, Miss., and Arkansas were voted sixth and seventh without a first-place.
Georgia, 233 first-place votes, is the heavy favorite to win the East but projected East runner-up Florida netted 21 first-place votes and projected third-place Missouri netted three first-place votes.
South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky each garnered one first-place vote while projected fourth, fifth and sixth.
Vanderbilt, projected for seventh, was the lone SEC East team without a first-place vote.
Alabama, 14-1 last season, dominated the SEC teams below.