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Mississippi State put four players on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams as voted on by the media in attendance at this week's event in Hoover, Ala.
Junior quarterback Dak Prescott headlined the Bulldog selections, being the second team quarterback. Auburn's Nick Marshall is on the first team, with Ole Miss' Bo Wallace on the third team.
"He's a great quarterback," South Carolina defensive tackle J.T. Surratt said of Prescott. "With everything he has been through, I salute him in everything he does."
Sophomore defensive lineman Chris Jones and junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney made the second team with senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis on the third team.
MSU was also picked to finish fifth in the SEC Western Division with 890 points. The Bulldogs did receive one vote to win the league outright. Alabama was picked to win the Western Division and the league overall, with South Carolina winning the Eastern Division.Â
Prescott has already garnered national attention and some have linked his name to the Heisman Trophy. The Haughton, La. native burst onto the scene last year and became the starter after Tyler Russell went down with an injury. Prescott passed for nearly 2,000 yards last season with 10 touchdowns. He led the Bulldogs with 829 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
McKinney flirted with the NFL Draft this offseason, but decided to return. ESPN.com's Chris Low voted him as the best linebacker in the SEC. The Tunica native led MSU with 71 total tackles a year ago. He also had seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Jones was highly recruited out of Houston High School and earned playing time early in the season. He is expected to have a big season and could be on the first team when the season ends.
"Chris Jones â€“ he's a freak," McKinney said. "He's a big human, he's fast, he's athletic and he's very smart."
Lewis has flown under the radar. He broke out in his junior year with 923 receiving yards and five touchdowns, both tops on the team.Â
Walker watch list
Bulldog junior Josh Robinson earned a place on the Doak Walker Award watch list, as announced on Thursday.
The Doak Walker Award is given to the nation's top running back.
Robinson is expected to be the starting tailback this season for MSU. He rushed for 459 yards on 78 carries last season. He also added three touchdowns.
The Franklinton, La., native has played in 25 games during his time with Bulldogs, drawing two starts.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will announce the semifinalists on Nov. 18, with the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote to determine the finalists, who will be announced Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 11.
Robinson becomes the seventh Bulldog to make 12 different preseason award watch lists.Â