PFN Preseason All-SEC Team 2022: Bryce Young set to lead Alabama, SEC this fall

The PFN All-SEC Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from the conference ahead of the 2022 college football season.

After the balance of power shifted in the 2021 college football season, the 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team gives pause for a potential Georgia repeat in the national championship. Instead, the Alabama Crimson Tide look poised to regain their spot as they’re led by QB Bryce Young in 2022. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

PFN’s 2022 All-SEC Team

It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

Offense | First team

QB: Bryce Young, Alabama
RB: Tank Bigsby, Auburn
RB: Devon Achane, Texas A&M
WR: Kayshon Boutte, LSU
WR: Cedric Tillman, Tennessee
WR: Jermaine Burton, Alabama
TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
FLEX: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
OT: Darnell Wright, Tennessee
G: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
C: Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
G: Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
OT: Broderick Jones, Georgia

Defense | First team

EDGE: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
DT: Jalen Carter, Georgia
DT: Gervon Dexter, Florida
EDGE: BJ Ojulari, LSU
LB: Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama
LB: Bumper Pool, Arkansas
LB: Anfernee Orji, Vanderbilt
CB: Kelee Ringo, Georgia
CB: Cam Smith, South Carolina
CB: Malachi Moore, Alabama
S: Jordan Battle, Alabama
S: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
FLEX: Jaylon Carlies, Missouri

Specialists | First team

PK: Harrison Mevis, Missouri
P: Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M
KR: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
PR: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
LS: Marco Ortiz, Florida

Bryce Young takes the top spot as the conference’s best quarterback returning to action, and he’ll have an emerging talent in Jermaine Burton to throw to this season. Alabama reached into the transfer portal to add a one-of-a-kind running back in Jahmyr Gibbs that should give defenses headaches in 2022. Vanderbilt turns heads with their selection of Anfernee Orji to the All-SEC First Team as he is one of the most dominant linebackers in the country.

Offense | Second team

QB: Will Levis, Kentucky
RB: Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky
RB: Zach Evans, Ole Miss
WR: Justin Shorter, Florida
WR: Antwane Wells Jr., South Carolina
WR: Josh Vann, South Carolina
TE: Cameron Latu, Alabama
FLEX: Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
OT: Javon Foster, Missouri
G: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
G: Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky
OT: Warren McClendon, Georgia

Defense | Second team

EDGE: Derick Hall, Auburn
DT: Zacch Pickens, South Carolina
DT: Byron Young, Alabama
EDGE: Byron Young, Tennessee
LB: DeAndre Square, Kentucky
LB: Ventrell Miller, Florida
LB: Dallas Turner, Alabama
CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
CB: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
CB: Eli Ricks, Alabama
S: Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M
S: Trey Dean III, Florida
FLEX: Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn

Specialists | Second team

PK: Will Reichard, Alabama
P: Oscar Chapman, Auburn
KR: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
PR: Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
LS: Connor Choate, Texas A&M

The Kentucky Wildcats have an exciting trio returning to the offensive side of the ball. Will Levis leads the team at quarterback with Chris Rodriguez in the backfield and Virginia Tech transfer Tayvion Robinson set to expand the role Wan’Dale Robinson made famous last season. Two Byron Youngs make the team as Alabama’s rushes from the interior and Tennessee’s crushes QBs from the edge. Both are players to watch every week.

Offense | Honorable Mention

QB
Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

RB
Kenny McIntosh, Georgia
Raheim Sanders, Arkansas
Re’Mahn Davis, Vanderbilt
Jo’quavious Marks, Mississippi State

WR
Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
Dakereon Joyner, South Carolina
Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt
Jaden Walley, Mississippi State
Ladd McConkey, Georgia
Adonai Mitchell, Georgia

TE
Jaheim Bell, South Carolina
Trey Knox, Arkansas

FLEX
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
Nick Brahms, Auburn

OT
Jeremy James, Ole Miss
Austin Troxell, Auburn
Bradley Ashmore, Vanderbilt
Richard Gouraige, Florida

G
Javion Cohen, Alabama
Brady Latham, Arkansas
Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
Keiondre Jones, Auburn

C
LaQuinston Sharp, Mississippi State
Julian Hernandez, Vanderbilt

Defense | Honorable Mention

EDGE
Ali Gaye, LSU
Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri
Cedric Johnson, Ole Miss
J.J. Weaver, Kentucky

DT
DJ Dale, Alabama
Maason Smith, LSU
Colby Wooden, Auburn
Daevion Davis, Vanderbilt

LB
Ethan Barr, Vanderbilt
Jacquez Jones, Kentucky
Micah Baskerville, LSU
Mike Jones Jr., LSU
Jeremy Banks, Tennessee
Owen Pappoe, Auburn

CB
Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M
Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri
Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M
Deantre Prince, Ole Miss
Carrington Valentine, Kentucky

S
DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama
Tykee Smith, Georgia
Rashad Torrence II, Florida
AJ Finley, Ole Miss

FLEX
Jaylen Mahoney, Vanderbilt
Latavious Brini, Arkansas

Specialists | Honorable Mention

PK
Anders Carlson, Auburn
Cam Little, Arkansas

P
Jeremy Crawshaw, Florida
Paxton Brooks, Tennessee

KR
Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State
Juju McDowell, South Carolina

PR
Xzavier Henderson, Florida
Kearis Jackson, Georgia

LS
Kneeland Hibbett, Alabama
Jacob Quattlebaum, Auburn

For other Pro Football Network’s All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: ACCB1GBig 12 | IndependentsAACC-USAMACMWCSun Belt

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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