USC picked to finish behind Georgia in SEC East

HOOVER, AL (WIS) - The University of South Carolina has been picked by the media to finish behind Georgia in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia was picked to win the division, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky in a vote by the 222 media members attending the league's media days.

LSU was picked to win the Western Division and then go on to win its second straight SEC championship.

The Tigers got the nod in the Western Division over Alabama, the team that beat LSU in the BCS championship game in January. Arkansas was picked to finish third in the West, followed by Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore received the most votes on the SEC preseason first team, followed by LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama center Barrett Jones.

Lattimore (2012) and Alshon Jeffery (2011) have been the leading vote-getters the last two seasons.

Sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was also voted to the first team.

Gamecocks T.J. Johnson, Devin Taylor, Bruce Ellington and D.J. Swearinger made the second team. DeVonte Holloman was named to the third team.

LSU led the league with seven first-team selections, Alabama had five. The West had 20 of the 26 first-team selections.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.