By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky had six players on the preseason all-Southeastern Conference football team picked by Athlon Sports. That seems in line for a team that won 10 games last year.
However, it’s not nearly as good as it looks because only one player — center Drake Jackson — was named to the first team.
Lynn Bowden, who should be UK’s most productive offensive player, was a second team pick — but as an all-purpose player rather than at receiver. He was third team punt returner. Bottom line, he’s going to be a playmaker — one reason Street & Smith has it on the regional cover of its preseason publication.
Offensive guard Logan Stenberg was a third team pick by Athlon but my feeling is that he is UK’s best offensive lineman and could play his way into the first or second round of the 2020 NFL draft.
What’s surprising is that Kentucky had a third offensive lineman honored. Landon Young, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, was a fourth-team pick.
On defense, linebacker Kash Daniel made the third team and nose guard Quinton Bohanna, who could be UK’s most improved player this season I think, was selected for the fourth team.
Alabama — no surprise — had a league-best 13 players on the All-SEC team, including Young’s former teammate at Lafayette, offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. He was a first-team pick.
Florida and Auburn both had 10 preseason All-SEC selections.