USC is No. 8 in Playboy's early Top 25

Spurrier is preseason coach of the year

GoGamecocks staff reportsAugust 15, 2011 

The South Carolina football team held media day Sunday. Players and coaches had their photographs taken individually and as a unit. Here, head coach Steve Spurrier laughs with some of the players as they ham it up for the cameras.

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina is ranked No. 8 in Playboy Magazine’s 2011 NCAA Pigskin Preview in the September issue.

Steve Spurrier was named the preseason Coach of the Year, and Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore made the 2011 Playboy Preseason All America Team, which is also included in the Pigskin Preview.

Playboy's Top 25 Teams:

1. Oklahoma
2. Boise State
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. LSU
6. Alabama
7. Oklahoma State
8. SOUTH CAROLINA
9. Florida State
10. TCU
11. Michigan State
12. Texas A&M
13. Nebraska
14. Auburn
15. Virginia Tech
16. Notre Dame
17. Missouri
18. Mississippi State
19. Wisconsin
20. Arkansas
21. Florida
22. Arizona State
23. Texas
24. Northwestern
25. Georgia

Preseason All America Team:

- Coach of the Year: STEVE SPURRIER - SOUTH CAROLINA

- Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete: Kellen Moore - Boise State

- Quarterback: Andrew Luck - Stanford

- Backs: Trent Richardson - Alabama; LaMichael James - Oregon

- Wide Receivers: Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma; Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma State; ALSHON JEFFERY - SOUTH CAROLINA

- Center: Mike Brewster - Ohio State

- Offensive Linemen: Seantrel Henderson - Miami; Riley Reiff - Iowa; Matt Kalil - USC; Jonathan Martin - Stanford

- Defensive Linemen: Quinton Coples - UNC; Jared Crick - Nebraska; Brandon Jenkins - Florida State; Jerel Worthy - Michigan State

- Linebackers: Tank Carder - TCU; Vontaze Burfict - ASU; Luke Kuechly - Boston College

- Defensive Backs: Jayron Hosely - Virginia Tech; Chase Minnifield - Virginia; STEPHON GILMORE - SOUTH CAROLINA; Mark Barron - Alabama

- Placekicker: David Ruffer - Notre Dame

- All-Purpose Player: Cliff Harris - Oregon

- Punter: Drew Butler - Georgia

- Kick Returner: James Rodgers - Oregon State

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