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UT Notebook: Berry unanimous pick for coaches' preseason squad

July 16th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff and wire report






KNOXVILLE — Eric Berry was one of three unanimous selections to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ 2009 preseason All-SEC football teamm which was announced on Thursday.


The other unanimous choices were LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black and Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. Coaches could not vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.


Berry, a consensus All-American in 2008, also will be included on the 2009 Playboy All-America team, which is being released in the middle of next month.


Berry was the Volunteers’ lone represenative on the coaches’ first team. Four Vols made the second team and a pair made the third unit.


A trio of senior offensive linemen was recognized. Tackle Chris Scott and center Josh McNeil earned second-team status and guard Jacques McClendon was a third-team pick. Junior wide receiver Gerald Jones also made the preseason third team, while defensive specialists Dan Williams and Rico McCoy were second-team selections at defensive line and linebacker, respectively.


Florida led the way with eight players selected on the first team while Alabama had six and LSU had three.


Nine of the 12 SEC schools had a member on the first-team All-SEC squad. Each SEC school had at least two representatives on either the first, second or third team.


Ole Miss and Tennessee had seven total members on the squads, while Kentucky had six, Vanderbilt five, South Carolina and Arkansas four each, Auburn three and Mississippi State two.


See Scoreboard on Page 7B for a complete list of the coaches’ All-SEC preseason team.


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Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore has undergone surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot.


A team spokesman says doctors placed a screw in Moore’s foot on Wednesday to repair the break. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior from Tatum, Texas, is expected to return to full participation in eight to 10 weeks, which means he could miss a few games.


Moore caught 11 passes, averaging 24.6 yards per catch in 2008. His two touchdown catches were for 52 yards and 63 yards.


Two of Moore’s fellow receivers are also recovering from injury. Gerald Jones underwent surgery in June to repair a broken wrist, and Austin Rogers tore a knee ligament.


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Mt. San Antonio Community College says published reports that its quarterback Nick Lamaison is headed to Tennessee is premature.


A spokesman for the junior college in Walnut, Calif., says Lamaison hasn’t formally signed with the Volunteers.


The Vols are looking to add depth at quarterback after the departure of B.J. Coleman left only senior Jonathan Crompton and junior Nick Stephens at the position.


Lamaison is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound rising sophomore from Covina, Calif. He finished his freshman year with 36 touchdown passes and an average 267.6 yards passing per game. He completed 64 percent of his pass attempts with eight interceptions.


 

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