Groves, a 6-3, 255-pounder from Greenville, Miss., made 9 1/2 sacks as a junior and was a key defensive player for the 2006 Tigers, who finished 11-2.
Six Auburn defensive players made an All-SEC team, including three-fourths of the projected starting secondary with senior cornerback Jonathan Wilhite a second team pick plus senior cornerback Patrick Lee and senior safety Eric Brock on the third team.
Josh Thompson is expected to be a key player for the Tigers as a senior in the middle of the defense.
Another preseason All-SEC team, which will be selected by the media at SEC Media Days, will be announced next week.
OL Will Arnold, LSU, Sr.
OL Michael Oher, Ole Miss, Jr.
OL Drew Miller, Florida, Sr.
OL Chris Williams, Vandy, Sr.
C Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas, Jr.
WR Earl Bennett, Vandy, Jr.
WR Early Doucet, LSU, Sr.
QB Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, Sr.
RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas, Jr.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ole Miss, Sr.
TE Andy Boyd, South Carolina, Sr.
OL Phil Trautwein, Florida, Sr.
OL Robert Felton, Sr., Arkansas
OL Andre Smith, Alabama, Soph.
C Antoine Caldwell, Alabama, Jr.
C Brett Helms, LSU, Jr.
WR Marcus Monk, Arkansas, Sr.
WR Keenan Burton, Kentucky, Sr.
QB Erik Ainge, Sr., Tennessee
RB Felix Jones, Arkansas, Jr.
RB LaMarcus Coker, Tennessee, Soph.
TE Ben Cleveland, Arkansas, Soph.
OL Ciron Black, LSU, Soph.
OL King Dunlap, Auburn, Sr.
King Dunlap is a returning starter for the Tigers at left tackle.
OL Anthony Parker, Tennessee, Jr.
OL Herman Johnson, LSU, Jr.
C Royce Blackledge, Mississippi State, Sr.
C Fernando Velasco, Georgia, Sr.
WR Percy Harvin, Florida, Soph.
WR Andre Caldwell, Florida, Sr.
QB Chris Nickson, Vanderbilt, Jr.
RB Brad Lester, Auburn, Jr.
RB Cory Boyd, South Carolina, Sr.,
RB Rafael Little, Kentucky, Sr.
DL Glenn Dorsey, LSU
Quentin Groves, Auburn, Sr., DL
DL Derrick Harvey, Florida, Jr.
LB Ali Highsmith, LSU, Sr.
LB Jonathan Goff, Vandy, Sr.
LB Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina, Sr.
LB Jero Mayo, Tennessee, Jr.
DB Simeon Castille, Alabama, Sr.
DB Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee, Sr.
DB Chevis Jackson, LSU, Sr.
DB Derek Pegues, Mississippi State, Jr.
DL Titus Brown, Mississippi State, Sr.
DL Tyson Jackson, LSU, Jr.
DL Antwain Robinson, Arkansas, Jr.
LB Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky, Sr.
LB Prince Hall, Alabama, Soph.
LB Darry Beckwith, LSU, Jr.
LB Brandon Miller, Georgia, Sr.
DB Tony Joiner, Florida, Sr.
DB Jonathan Zenon, LSU, Sr.
DB Jonathan Wilhite, Auburn, Sr.
Jonathan Wilhite has bounced back from an injury as is expected to be full speed this season.
DB Kelin Johnson, Georgia, Sr.
DL Josh Thompson, Auburn, Sr.
DL Wallace Gilberry, Alabama, Sr.
DL Casper Brinkley, South Carolina, Sr.
DL Marcus Harrison, Arkansas, Sr.
LB Tray Blackmon, Auburn, Soph.
LB Weston Dacus, Arkansas, Sr.
LB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State, Jr.
LB Freddie Fairchild, Arkansas, Soph.
DB Eric Brock, Auburn, Sr.
DB Patrick Lee, Auburn, Sr.
DB Craig Steltz, LSU, Sr.
DB Jamarca Sanford, Ole Miss, Jr.
DB Matt Hewitt, Arkansas, Sr.
PK Brandon Coutu, Georgia, Sr.
Punter Britton Colquitt, Tennessee, Jr.
Returner Mikey Henderson, Georgia, Sr.
PK Ryan Succop, South Carolina, Jr.
Punter Ryan Succop, South Carolina, Jr.
Returner Felix Jones, Arkansas, Jr.
PK Jamie Christensen, Alabama, Sr.
Punter No selection
Returner Rafael Little, Kentucky, Sr.