Clowney, Ellington named first-team preseason all-SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WACH) -- One week before kicking off the 2013 season, two Gamecock football players have earned preseason first team all-SEC honors.

The Southeastern Conference released the coaches 2013 preseason all-SEC squad Thursday. All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Bruce Ellington have been named first teamers.

The coaches named Clowney to the first-team defense, while Ellington was named to the first-team specialists as an all-purpose player.

Tight end Rory "Busta" Anderson and offensive lineman A.J. Cann were named to the second-team offense, while defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles was named to the second-team defense.

Defending national and SEC champions Alabama led the league with 16 student-athletes on the coaches preseason all-SEC squad. Alabama placed a league-high five on the first team, while earning seven on the second team, and four on the third team. LSU and Georgia both had eight receive recognition, while Florida and Tennessee had seven each.

IN somewhat of a shocker, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was picked as the second-team All-SEC quarterback, behind Georgia's Aaron Murray.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility. He set an SEC record with 5,116 total yards.

Murray is the first quarterback in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons. He already holds the school career mark for touchdown passes with 95.