Azeez Ojulari tops list of Georgia football players snubbed by SEC coaches – DawgNation

ATHENS — There’s a new way to spell Rodney Dangerfield, the late comedian best-known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect;” A-Z-E-E-Z   O-J-U-L-A-R-I.

Ojulari, a team captain last season and one of seven semifinalists for the FWAA Freshman of the Year Award in 2019, didn’t make first, second or third team preseason All-SEC as voted on by the coaches.

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Amazingly, Ojulari didn’t make the All-SEC Freshman team last season despite his national recognition and gaudy numbers.

This, despite leading the team with 34 QB with a team-high 5.5 sacks. Ojulari, who started at outside linebacker last season, was a force in the Sugar Bowl with five tackles, a QB sack and a forced fumble.

Maybe the coaches who voted weren’t watching.

There were 10 Georgia players who were recognized, though none made first-team All-SEC offense.

Just two were first-team defensive selections despite the Bulldogs leading the nation last season in scoring defense and run defense, and ranking third in the country in total defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense.

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Athlon Magazine had just one UGA player make preseason first-team All-SEC earlier this offseason, despite 80 percent of the defensive production returning.

Hence, the “No-Name Defense” label defensive coordinator Dan Lanning mentioned last December.

Interestingly enough, Ojulari’s backup last season, former No. 1-nationally ranked recruit Nolan Smith, was a third-team preseason All-SEC pick.

Ojulari wasn’t the only talented Georgia football player snubbed, as neither cornerback DJ Daniel nor Tyson Campbell were among the 15 defensive backs recognized on the first, second or third teams.

Here’s a list of Georgia players who figure to make first- second- or third-team All-SEC at the end of the season that went unrecognized on the SEC coaches’ preseason team:

• OLB Azeez Ojulari

• DT Devonte Wyatt

• DL Travon Walker

• CB DJ Daniel

• CB Tyson Campbell

• OT Jamaree Salyer

• OG Justin Shaffer

• OG Ben Cleveland

• RB James Cook

• RB Zamir White

• TE Tre’ McKitty

Here are the SEC Coaches’ Teams

First Team Preseason All-SEC

(Georgia players in boldface type)

TE
Kyle Pitts, Florida

OL
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Trey Smith, Tennessee
Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
Landon Dickerson, Alabama

C
Drake Jackson, Kentucky

WR
DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

QB
Kyle Trask, Florida

RB
Najee Harris, Alabama
Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

AP
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

DL
Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
LaBryan Ray, Alabama
Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
Jordan Davis, Georgia

LB
Dylan Moses, Alabama
K.J. Britt, Auburn
Nick Bolton, Missouri

DB
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Derek Stingley, LSU
Richard LeCounte, Georgia
Jacoby Stevens, LSU

PK
Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee

P
Max Duffy, Kentucky

RS
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

TE
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

OL
Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina
Deonte Brown, Alabama
Landon Young, Kentucky
Austin Deculus, LSU*
Brodarious Hamm, Auburn*
Wanya Morris, Tennessee*
Ed Ingram, LSU*

C
Trey Hill, Georgia

WR
George Pickens, Georgia
Terrace Marshall, LSU

QB
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

RB
Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas
Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

AP
Derek Stingley, LSU

DL
Kobie Whiteside, Missouri
Malik Herring, Georgia
Aaron Sterling,South Carolina
Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

LB
Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee
Monty Rice, Georgia
Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State*
Nakobe Dean, Georgia*
Ventrell Miller, Florida*

DB
Kaiir Elam, Florida
Eric Stokes, Georgia
Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
Tyree Gillespie, Missouri*
Marco Wilson, Florida*
Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina*

PK
Cade York, LSU

P
Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Third Team Preseason All-SEC

TE
Arik Gilbert, LSU

OL
Carson Green, Texas A&M
Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Evan Neal, Alabama
Dan Moore, Texas A&M

C
Landon Dickerson, Alabama

WR
Seth Williams, Auburn
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

QB
Bo Nix, Auburn

RB
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
Larry Rountree, Missouri

AP
Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss*
Kadarius Toney, Florida*
Christian Tutt, Auburn*

DL
Zachary Carter, Florida
Josh Paschal, Kentucky
Kobe Jones, Mississippi State
Glen Logan, LSU

LB
Boogie Watson, Kentucky
Dimitri Moore, Vanderbilt
Nolan Smith, Georgia*
Ernest Jones, South Carolina*
Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt*

DB
Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
Christian Tutt, Auburn*
Josh Jobe, Alabama*

PK
Evan McPherson, Florida

P
Mac Brown, Ole Miss

RS
Christian Tutt, Auburn

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