Three Tigers Earn Preseason All-SEC Honors

Antonio Coleman

Birmingham, Ala.--Three Auburn football players have been named to the 2009 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches' Football Team, the league office announced Thursday.

Despite earning first-team honors following his junior season, senior defensive end Antonio Coleman was named a second-team selection along with junior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba while senior running back Ben Tate was selected to the third team.

Coleman, who earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league's media and coaches following the 2008 season, led Auburn in both sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (10.5) during his junior campaign. He collected a total of 46 tackles (29 solo, 17 assists) in his 11 games played while also forcing fumble. Coleman enters his senior season with 15.5 career sacks, needing just one more to move into a tie for 10th on Auburn's career sacks list.

Ziemba has started all 25 games over the last two seasons since becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Tigers since 2002. He finished his sophomore year with 47 cockroach blocks, 19 pancake blocks and 72 rodeo blocks. Ziemba was named a first-team Freshman All-American in 2007 by The Sporting News, Scout.com and collegefootballnews.com.

Tate enters his season year with 1,959 career rushing yards, ranking 14th in school history. He has led Auburn in rushing in each of the past two seasons, totaling 903 yards on the ground in 2007 and 664 yards last season. He has 14 career rushing touchdowns and four career 100-yard rushing games, including a career high of 156 vs. Tulane in 2006.

Florida led the way with 16 total selections on the three teams, including eight on the first team. Alabama had six selections on the first team while LSU added three. LSU's 10 total selections was second in the league with Alabama and Georgia having nine each.

The Tigers will open the 2009 season Sept. 5 vs. Louisiana Tech at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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