University of South Carolina placekicker Elliott Fry has been named to the preseason All-SEC second-team and offensive tackle Mason Zandi was tabbed a preseason third-team selection by the league’s 14 coaches, it was announced today.
Fry, a 6-0, 170-pound senior from Frisco, Texas, has been Carolina’s placekicker in every game over the past three seasons and owns the school record with 124 consecutive extra points made. His 130 career PATs made and 131 attempted are also South Carolina records, and he stands second in career points with 289. Fry has hit nearly 75 percent of his career field goal attempts, including 81 percent of attempts under 50 yards. In 2015, he led the team with 85 points scored, hitting 20-of-28 field goals and all 25 extra points.
A 2016 Harold White GPA Award winner, two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, and a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Elliott was a 2014 second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and is on the preseason Groza Award watch list, which goes to the nation’s top placekicker.
Zandi, a 6-9, 315-pound senior from Chapin, S.C., is slated to play the left tackle position this season after starting 10 games a year ago at right tackle.
One of the leaders of the offense, Zandi has developed his skills from being a lightly recruited two-star prospect to a linchpin on the offensive line. He will play his final season having already earned a degree in political science.
Alabama and LSU each placed a league-leading 13 representatives on the 2016 coaches All-SEC team that was announced today.
Coaches All SEC Pre-Season Team
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
OL Cam Robinson, Alabama, Dan Skipper, Arkansas, Greg Pyke, Georgia, Alex Kozan, Auburn
C Ethan Pocic, LSU
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU Nick Chubb, Georgia
AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, Jonathan Allen, Alabama, Derek Barnett, Tennessee, Carl Lawson, Auburn
LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, Kendell Beckwith, LSU, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee*, Jarrad Davis, Florida*
DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Jalen Tabor, Florida, Cameron Sutton, Tennessee, Tre’Davious White, LSU
PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn
P JK Scott, Alabama
RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M*, Evan Berry, Tennessee*
Second Team Preseason All-SEC
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
OL William Clapp, LSU, Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M, Martez Ivey, Florida, Alphonse Taylor, Alabama*, Braden Smith, Auburn*
C Brandon Kublanow, Georgia
WR Fred Ross, Mississippi State, Malachi Dupre, LSU
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
RB Jalen Hurd, Tennessee, Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
AP Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
DL Montravius Adams, Auburn, Charles Harris, Missouri, Bryan Cox, Florida. Davon Godchaux, LSU
LB Tim Williams, Alabama, Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, Brooks Ellis, Arkansas*, Arden Key, LSU*
DB Jamal Adams, LSU, Dominick Sanders, Georgia, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, Tony Conner, Ole Miss
PK Adam Griffith, Alabama*, Elliott Fry, South Carolina*
P Johnny Townsend, Florida
RS Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Third Team Preseason All-SEC
TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
OL David Sharpe, Florida, Mason Zandi, South Carolina, Jashon Robertson, Tennessee, Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama*, Frank Ragnow, Arkansas*, Jon Toth, Kentucky*
WR Travin Dural, LSU, Drew Morgan, Arkansas
QB Brandon Harris, LSU
RB Stanley “Boom” Williams, Kentucky, Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
AP Derrius Guice, LSU
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss, Lewis Neal, LSU, Deatrich Wise, Arkansas*, Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M*, A.J. Jefferson, Mississippi State*
LB Richie Brown, Mississippi State, Oren Burks, Vanderbilt, Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
DB Marcus Maye, Florida, Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, Johnathan Ford, Auburn, Quincy Wilson, Florida
PK Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss
P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee
RS Marcus Davis, Auburn*, Cameron Sutton, Tennessee*, Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State*