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November 3, 2008

Varnado tabbed first-team All-SEC by league coaches

STARKVILLE , Miss. - Mississippi State junior forward Jarvis Varnado received first-team All-SEC honors on Monday, as voted on by the league coaches.

Thirty-two different players received votes for the teams, and LSU and Tennessee led all schools with three selections each. Kentucky 's Patrick Patterson and Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy were the only unanimous first-team selections.

The coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Two weeks ago, the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Varnado was named second-team All-SEC by the media.

Last year as a sophomore, Varnado averaged 7.9 points and 7.8 rebounds and led the country with 157 blocked shots en route to being named the national defensive player of the year by both Rivals.com and CollegeInsider.com.

The Bulldogs, who opened exhibition play this past Saturday with an 88-59 victory against Montevallo, conclude preseason action at 2 p.m. Saturday against Oklahoma City at Humphrey Coliseum. The season opener is slated for Nov. 15 against Centenary at home.



FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown

Nick Calathes , Florida G/F 6-6 194 So. Casselberry , Fla.

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky # -- 6-9 235 So. Huntington , W.Va.

Tasmin Mitchell, LSU F 6-7 240 Jr. Denham Springs , La.

Marcus Thornton, LSU G 6-4 205 Sr. Baton Rouge , La.

Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 160 So. Orlando , Fla.

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F/C 6-9 210 Jr. Brownsville , Tenn.

Devan Downey , South Carolina G 5-9 175 Jr. Chester , S.C.

Tyler Smith, Tennessee F 6-7 215 Jr. Pulaski , Tenn.

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt# C 6-11 250 So. Sydney , Australia



SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown

Alonzo Gee, Alabama G 6-6 219 Sr. Palm Beach , Fla.

Ronald Steele , Alabama G 6-1 191 Sr. Birmingham , Ala.

Michael Washington , Arkansas F/C 6-9 239 Jr. McGehee , Ark.

Korvotney Barber, Auburn F 6-7 225 Sr. Manchester , Ga.

Terrance Woodbury , Georgia G/F 6-7 221 Sr. Virginia Beach , Va.

Chris Johnson, LSU C 6-11 210 Sr. Montross , Va.

Jodie Meeks, Kentucky -- 6-4 208 Jr. Norcross , Ga.

Dominque Archie, South Carolina F 6-7 200 Jr. Augusta , Ga.

Wayne Chism, Tennessee F 6-9 242 Jr. Jackson , Tenn.

J.P. Prince, Tennessee G 6-7 205 Jr. Memphis , Tenn.



#-Unanimous Selection

Ties are not broken


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