BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) - The Ole Miss football team landed five Rebels on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team voted on by the 14 league head coaches, the league office announced Thursday morning.
This marks the fifth time in the last six years that Ole Miss has had at least five Rebels named All-SEC headed into the season.
Juniors A.J. Brown and Greg Little led the way for Ole Miss, earning first team honors, while Javon Patterson, D.K. Metcalf and Zedrick Woods all were named to the third team.
Brown, a preseason first team All-American and 2017 All-SEC selection, led the SEC and finished 10th nationally with a program-best 1,252 receiving yards in 2017. Brown also lead the SEC in receiving touchdowns (11), receiving yards per game (104.3) and receptions per game (6.3). This offseason, Brown has already been named to watch lists for the Maxwell, Biletnikoff and Walter Camp Awards. He is rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the country by USA Today and Athlon.
Little, a junior from Allen, Texas, has appeared in every game at left tackle since arriving in Oxford two years ago. Little earned preseason All-America first team honors from the Sporting News and The Athletic, as well as second team accolades from Lindy's, Athlon and Phil Steele.
Patterson leads a veteran group of Ole Miss offensive linemen with 36 games played, including 30 career starts. He was a member of the 2017 SEC Football Student-Athlete Leadership Council and the SEC Community Service team. Throughout the 2017 campaign, both Patterson and Little helped protect the Ole Miss quarterbacks that led the SEC and ranked 11th nationally in passing as a unit (328.4 ypg).
Metcalf, a sophomore from Oxford, Mississippi, tallied 39 catches for 646 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to earning SEC All-Freshman honors last season. Woods started 11 games for the Rebels in 2017 during his junior campaign, tallying a career-best 64 tackles, as well as four pass breakups and four deflections.
Ole Miss will open the 2018 season vs. Texas Tech in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, in Houston, on Sept. 1. Kick is slated for 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
2018 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SEC TEAM (* ties)
TE - Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
OL - Jonah Williams, Alabama; Greg Little, Ole Miss; Martez Ivey, Florida; Trey Smith, Tennessee
C - Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
WR - A.J. Brown, Ole Miss; Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
QB - Drew Lock, Missouri
RB - Damien Harris, Alabama; Benny Snell, Kentucky
AP - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
DL - Raekwon Davis, Alabama; Cece Jefferson, Florida; Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State; Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
LB - Devin White, LSU; Mack Wilson, Alabama; Josh Allen, Kentucky
DB - Deandre Baker, Georgia; Greedy Williams, LSU; Mike Edwards, Kentucky; Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida*; J.R. Reed, Georgia*
PK - Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
P - Corey Fatony, Missouri
RS - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
TE - Isaac Nauta, Georgia
OL - Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas; Andrew Thomas, Georgia; Garrett Brumfield, LSU; Lester Cotton, Alabama
C - Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
WR - Ryan Davis, Auburn; Terry Godwin, Georgia
QB - Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
RB - Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M; D’Andre Swift, Georgia
AP - Trevon Diggs, Alabama
DL - Terry Beckner, Missouri; Derrick Brown, Auburn; Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia; Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
LB - Deshaun Davis, Auburn; Anfernee Jennings, Alabama; D’Andre Walker, Georgia
DB - Jamel Dean, Auburn; CJ Henderson, Florida; Deionte Thompson, Alabama; Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State
PK - Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M
P - Joseph Charlton, South Carolina
RS - Mecole Hardman, Georgia
TE - C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
OL - Zack Bailey, South Carolina; Darryl Williams, Mississippi State; Marquel Harrell, Auburn; Deion Calhoun, Mississippi State*; Brian Wallace, Arkansas*; Javon Patterson, Ole Miss*
C - Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
WR - Emanuel Hall, Missouri; D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
QB - Jake Fromm, Georgia
RB - Aeris Williams, Mississippi State; Jordan Scarlett, Florida
AP - Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
DL - Rashard Lawrence, LSU; Marlon Davidson, Auburn; Landis Durham, Texas A&M; Dontavius Russell, Auburn
LB - De'Jon Harris, Arkansas; Charles Wright, Vanderbilt*; David Reese, Florida*; Leo Lewis, Mississippi State*
DB - Grant Delpit, LSU; Javaris Davis, Auburn; Marco Wilson, Florida Jamal Peters, Mississippi State*; Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss*; Santos Ramirez, Arkansas*; LaDarius Wiley, Vanderbilt*; DeMarkus Acy, Missouri*
PK - Tucker McCann, Missouri
P - Braden Mann, Texas A&M
RS - Lynn Bowden, Kentucky*; De'Vion Warren, Arkansas*