Three Gamecocks selected to preseason All-SEC teams

Three Gamecocks selected to preseason All-SEC teams

**Story and photo by Kyle Heck**

South Carolina received some love from the SEC media on Friday – sort of.

The All-SEC teams and predicted order of finish were announced, and the Gamecocks had three players on All-SEC teams, two from offense and one from defense. Hayden Hurst (tight end) and Skai Moore (linebacker) made second team All-SEC while Deebo Samuel was a third team choice as a wide receiver.

South Carolina was selected to finish fourth in the SEC East. Georgia was picked to win the division with Florida just behind the Bulldogs. Tennessee was picked third.

SEC coaches, players expect big things from the Gamecocks

The Gamecocks finished fifth in the East last season, one game out of a tie for second, and return 10 starters on offense and six on defense. 

Hurst was beaten out by Georgia's Isaac Nauta for first team tight end while Arden Key (LSU), Rashaan Evans (Alabama) and Roquan Smith (Georgia) were the first team linebackers ahead of Moore. 

South Carolina received 897 total votes, and five people voted for the Gamecocks to win the division. One person selected them to win the SEC championship (it wasn't us). 

The trio of Hurst, Samuel and Moore will be huge pieces for this year's Gamecock team that is trying to improve upon a 6-7 record from last year. At SEC Media Days this week, head coach Will Muschamp praised his offensive experience while admitting there were some questions on defense. The Gamecocks begin fall practice on July 31. Stay tuned to for more updates.