Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Coaches tab Arkansas preseason SEC champion
Ryne Stanek, left, was selected by Baseball America as the preseason SEC Pitcher of the Year.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference by the league's coaches.
The Razorbacks, ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches' Poll, received nine first-place votes. Vanderbilt received three first-place votes, while Kentucky and LSU each had one.
Arkansas was also picked to win the league's western division with 12 first-place votes, ahead of LSU and Mississippi State. Vanderbilt was picked to win the SEC East, in front of second-place Florida and third-place ties Kentucky and South Carolina.
The Razorbacks last won the SEC overall title in 2004 and a division championship two years ago. Arkansas opens the season Friday with the first of a three-game series against Western Illinois at Baum Stadium.