Kentucky picked last in SEC East

If Kentucky manages to make noise in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference this season, it will be big news for the media members who voted in the annual pre-season poll at Media Days.

The Cats were picked last on the 222 ballots submitted this week to the SEC. The predicted order of finish in the SEC East was: 1. Georgia; 2. South Carolina; 3. Florida; 4. Missouri; 5. Tennessee; 6. Vanderbilt; 7. Kentucky.

The top two teams in the West: Louisiana State and Alabama also were picked one, two in the championship voting, followed by Georgia and South Carolina. Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss also received votes.

For the first time in five years, LSU was picked to win the SEC title. It’s just the second time since 1992 that the Tigers were predicted to win the championship.

The predicted order of finish in the West was: 1. Louisiana State; 2. Alabama; 3. Arkansas; 4. Auburn; 5. Texas A&M; 6. Mississippi State; 7. Ole Miss.

South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore was the leading vote getter showing up on 201 of the ballots. LSU had 13 overall selection, including seven first teamers. That 13 selections was the second-highest ever, only behind Alabama’s 16 this past season.

Kentucky had just one player, offensive lineman Larry Warford, on any of the pre-season teams. He was voted onto the second team by the media.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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