5 Auburn Tigers voted to Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team

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Auburn defensive back Nehemiah Pritchett. (AU Athletics)

AUBURN, Ala. – Five Auburn Tigers, representing offense, defense and special teams, earned recognition on the 2023 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, the SEC announced Tuesday.

Running back Jarquez Hunter, tight end Luke Deal, offensive lineman Kam Stutts, defensive back Nehemiah Pritchett and punter Oscar Chapman from SEC coaches.

A three-year starter at cornerback, Pritchett has made 91 career tackles and broken up 22 passes since earn playing time as a true freshman in 2019. He made 4.5 tackles for loss last season and has recorded two career interceptions.

Hunter, a 5-10, 210-pound junior, has rushed for 1,269 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons on the Plains, adding 285 receiving yards and three TDs. He brings a 6.6-yard-per-carrry average into his junior season.

Deal, a 6-5, 255-pound senior, earned a reputation as one of the SEC’s better blocking tight ends. He made a career-best 32-yard reception vs. Ole Miss last season and hauled in his first touchdown catch in 2021 vs. Mississippi State.

The 6-5, 339-pound Stutts, in his sixth fall at Auburn, started six games at right guard in 2022 and two at left guard.

Entering his fourth season as Auburn’s starting punter, Chapman was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2022, when he ranked fourth in the SEC averaging 43.9 yards on 57 punts. He ranked second in the SEC as a sophomore in 2021 averaging 44.1 yards per kick.

The SEC begins the 2023 season Saturday, Aug. 26 when Vanderbilt hosts Hawaii. 

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Jayden Daniels, LSU

RB – Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss

RB – Raheim Sanders, Arkansas

WR – Malik Nabers, LSU

WR – Antwane Wells, South Carolina*

WR – Ladd McConkey, Georgia*

TE – Brock Bowers, Georgia

OL – JC Latham, Alabama

OL – Tate Ratledge, Georgia 

OL – Will Campbell, LSU

OL – Amarius Mims, Georgia

C – Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia

AP – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

Defense

DL – Mekhi Wingo, LSU

DL – Mykel Williams, Georgia 

DL – Nazir Stackhouse, Georgia 

DL – Maason Smith, LSU

LB – Dallas Turner, Alabama

LB – Harold Perkins, LSU

LB – Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Georgia

DB – Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

DB – Malaki Starks, Georgia

DB – Javon Bullard, Georgia

DB – Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas

Special Teams

PK – Will Reichard, Alabama

P – Kai Kroeger, South Carolina

RS – Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

KOS – Mitch Jeter, South Carolina

LS – Wesley Schelling, Vanderbilt

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – KJ Jefferson, Arkansas

RB – Jase McClellan, Alabama

RB – Kendall Milton, Georgia

WR – Bru McCoy, Tennessee

WR – Evan Stewart, Texas A&M*

WR – Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt*

WR – Jermaine Burton, Alabama*

TE – Mayson Taylor, LSU

OL – Javon Foster, Missouri

OL – Brady Latham, Arkansas

OL – Tyler Booker, Alabama

OL – Xavier Truss, Georgia*

OL – Emery Jones, LSU*

C – Beaux Limmer, Arkansas

AP – Tulu Griffin, Mississippi State

Defense

DL – McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M

DL – Jaheim Oatis, Alabama 

DL – Deone Walker, Kentucky

DL – Justin Eboigbe, Alabama

LB – Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State

LB – Smael Mondon, Georgia

LB – JJ Weaver, Kentucky

DB – Kamari Lassiter, Georgia

DB – Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri

DB – Malachi Moore, Alabama

DB – Demani Richardson, Texas A&M

Special Teams

PK – Harrison Mevis, Missouri

P – Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M

RS – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

KOS – Nathan Dibert, LSU

LS – Kneeland Hibbett, Alabama

THIRD TEAM

Offense

QB – Will Rogers, Mississippi State

RB – Trevor Etienne, Florida 

RB – Jarquez Hunter, Auburn

WR – Luther Burden III, Missouri

WR – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M*

WR – Ja’Corey Brooks, Alabama*

TE – Luke Deal, Auburn*

TE – Caden Prieskorn, Ole Miss*

TE – Michael Trigg, Ole Miss*

TE – Trey Knox, South Carolina*

OL – Layden Robinson, Texas A&M

OL – Eli Cox, Kentucky

OL – Jeremy James, Ole Miss

OL –Kam Stutts, Auburn*

OL – Javontez Spraggins, Tennessee*

OL – Micah Pettus, Ole Miss*

C – Cooper Mays, Tennessee

AP – Dakereon Joyner, South Carolina

Defense

DL – Princely Umanmiellen, Florida

DL – Tonka Hemingway, South Carolina

DL – Jared Ivey, Ole Miss

DL – Tim Smith, Alabama*

DL – Darius Robinson, Missouri*

LB – Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri

LB – Jett Johnson, Mississippi State

LB – Chris Braswell, Alabama

DB – Marcellas Dial, South Carolina

DB – Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn

DB – Jason Marshall, Florida

DB – Greg Brooks, LSU

Special Teams

PK – Cam Little, Arkansas

P – Oscar Chapman, Auburn*

P – Matthew Hayball, Vanderbilt*

RS – Tulu Griffin, Mississippi State

LS – Slade Roy, LSU