Add Athlon Sports as college football enthusiasts who think the best quarterback in the SEC heading into the 2014 season is Nick Marshall.
ESPN.com ranked the Auburn quarterback the top signal-caller in the SEC on Monday.
Athlon, meanwhile, named him first-team quarterback on its All-SEC Team, ahead of Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace (second team), Missouri’s Maty Mauk (third team) and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott (fourth team).
Marshall was recently voted the MVP, the top Heisman candidate, best athlete and the second best passer in the league in a poll of the league’s football information directors.
He is one of three Auburn players named to the first team, joining center Reese Dismukes and guard Alex Kozan.
It is just one of many preseason nods to Dismukes, the former Spanish Fort standout, who was named to the Rimington Trophy spring watch list. He also has been named a preseason All-American by Sporting News.
But – from a team standpoint – it was Alabama who dominated the list. The Tide had eight players, double any other team, selected to the first team.
The Tide has 14 represented on the All-SEC Team, while Auburn added 10.
Running back T.J. Yeldon of Daphne, receiver Amari Cooper and tight end OJ Howard earned first-team offensive honors, while A’Shawn Robinson (DE), Trey DePriest (LB) and Landon Collins (S) were named first team defense.
Christion Jones grabbed kick and punt return honors on special teams.
ESPN.com ranks Yeldon and teammate Derrick Henry as two of the top three running backs in the SEC for 2014.
Check out the first-team selections below.
QB – Nick Marshall, Auburn
RB – Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB – T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR – Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama
C – Reese Dismukes, Auburn
G – A.J. Cann, South Carolina
G – Alex Kozan, Auburn
T – Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
T – Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
DE – Dante Fowler, Florida
DE – A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DT – Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DT – Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB – Trey DePriest, Alabama
LB – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
LB – Ramik Wilson, Georgia
CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
CB – Tre’Davious White, LSU
S – Landon Collins, Alabama
S – Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
K – Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P – Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
KR – Christion Jones, Alabama
PR – Christion Jones, Alabama
For the complete preseason All-SEC Team, check AthlonSports.com.