BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Texas A&M football standouts Christian Kirk, Armani Watts and Koda Martin earned spots on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team, as selected by the league head coaches on Wednesday.

Kirk, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., led the way as a first-team selection at three positions – wide receiver, all-purpose and return specialist. Kirk was the only player in the SEC with more than 80 catches in 2016 (83 for 928 yards), and he led the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns. A consensus preseason All-American, Kirk has also been named to the "watch list" for the Maxwell Award, the Biletnikoff Award, the Hornung Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

Watts, a senior from Forney, Texas, earned first-team All-SEC honors from the coaches at defensive back. The play-making Watts, whose 2016 season was cut short due to injury, made 56 tackles in nine games last season, and he was among an elite group of SEC defenders with at least two tackles for loss, interceptions, passes broken up, forced fumbles and recovered fumbles. Watts has been named to the Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists.

Martin, a junior from Manvel, Texas, was named to the All-SEC second team on the offensive line. He is projected as a starter on the Aggies' offensive front after serving as a top backup and spot starter the past two seasons. Martin saw action in all 13 games last season with four starts and helped clear the way for a balanced Aggie offense that gained 467.0 yards per game, with 211.8 rushing and 250.0 passing yards per game. Additionally, Martin has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* - ties)

First Team Preseason All-SEC


TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

OL Braden Smith, Auburn

Martez Ivey, Florida

Jonah Williams, Alabama

Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Calvin Ridley, Alabama

QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama

RB Derrius Guice, LSU

Nick Chubb, Georgia

AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M


DL Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama

Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

Trenton Thompson, Georgia

LB Arden Key, LSU

Skai Moore, South Carolina

Roquan Smith, Georgia

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Duke Dawson, Florida

Ronnie Harrison, Alabama


PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn

P JK Scott, Alabama

RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Second Team Preseason All-SEC


TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia

OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

K.J. Malone, LSU

Koda Martin, Texas A&M

Paul Adams, Missouri*

Greg Little, Ole Miss

Isaiah Wynn, Georgia*

C Will Clapp, LSU

WR J’Mon Moore, Missouri

Antonio Callaway, Florida

QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

RB Kamryn Pettway, Auburn

Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

AP Derrius Guice, LSU


DL Cece Jefferson, Florida

Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Denzil Ware, Kentucky*

Dontavius Russell, Auburn*

LB Jordan Jones, Kentucky

Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Tre' Williams, Auburn

DB Donte Jackson, LSU

Dominick Sanders, Georgia

Carlton Davis, Auburn

Tray Matthews, Auburn


PK Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss

P Johnny Townsend, Florida

RS Evan Berry, Tennessee

Third Team Preseason All-SEC


TE C.J. Conrad, Kentucky*

DeAndre Goolsby, Florida*

OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Zack Bailey, South Carolina

Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas

C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama

WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

QB Austin Allen, Arkansas

RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt

Benny Snell, Kentucky

AP Brandon Powell, Florida*

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina*

Kerryon Johnson, Auburn*

Trevon Diggs, Alabama*


DL Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri

Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia

Christian LaCouture, LSU

Marcell Frazier, Missouri

LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt

Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

DB Anthony Averett, Alabama

Mike Edwards, Kentucky

Chauncey Gardner, Florida

Ryan Pulley, Arkansas


PK Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky*

Eddy Piniero, Florida*

P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee

RS Antonio Callaway, Florida