Three Tennessee football players voted to preseason All-SEC team by coaches

Adam Sparks
Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee earned a preseason All-SEC honor in all three phases of the game Tuesday.

Senior offensive lineman Cade Mays, a Knoxville native, was voted to the first team by the league's coaches. He could start at guard or tackle.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor, a Manchester native, made the third team. He had 29 tackles and five pass breakups last season and enters this year as one of the Vols' best defenders.

Punter Paxton Brooks was voted to the second team. He averaged 43.6 yards per punt in 2020 and ranked fourth in the SEC. 

Mays, Taylor and Brooks were also voted to the preseason All-SEC team voted on by the media, which was released in July.

UT will open its season against Bowling Green on Sept. 2 (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network) at Neyland Stadium in Josh Heupel's debut as head coach.

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