South Carolina placed eight players on the 2012 football coaches preseason All- Southeastern Conference team, announced by the league Thursday.

The Gamecocks’ first-team selections are Marcus Lattimore, a 6-foot, 218-pound junior running back from Duncan, and Jadeveon Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pound sophomore defensive end from Rock Hill.

The SEC second team features four South Carolina seniors: center T.J. Johnson, defensive end Devin Taylor, linebacker DeVonte Holloman and defensive back D.J. Swearinger.

Defensive back Akeem Auguste and all- purpose back Bruce Ellington, a sophomore from Moncks Corner, are on the third team.

Twelve of the 14 SEC schools had a representative on the first team, and every school had at least two players named to one of the three units.

OFFENSE

First Team

QB-Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

RB-Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

RB-Knile Davis, Arkansas

WR-Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee

WR-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

WR-Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

TE-Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

OL-Alex Hurst, LSU

OL-Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

OL-D.J. Fluker, Alabama

OL-Larry Warford, Kentucky

C-Barrett Jones, Alabama

Second Team

QB-Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB-Eddie Lacy, Alabama

RB-Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

WR-Justin Hunter, Tennessee

WR-Emory Blake, Auburn

WR-Odell Beckham, LSU

WR-La’Rod King, Kentucky

TE-Chris Gragg, Arkansas

OL-Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

OL-Chance Warmack, Alabama

OL-Chris Faulk, LSU

OL-Gabe Jackson, Miss. State

C-T.J. Johnson, South Carolina

DEFENSE

First Team

DL-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DL-Sam Montgomery, LSU

DL-Corey Lemonier, Auburn

DL-Barkevious Mingo, LSU

LB-C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB-Nico Johnson, Alabama

LB-Jarvis Jones, Georgia

LB-Sean Porter, Texas A&M

DB-Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

DB-Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

DB-Eric Reid, LSU

DB-Johnthan Banks, Miss. State

Second Team

DL-John Jenkins, Georgia

DL-Devin Taylor, South Carolina

DL-Jesse Williams, Alabama

DL-Sharrif Floyd, Florida

LB-Jon Bostic, Florida

LB-Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas

LB-DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

DB-Robert Lester, Alabama

DB-D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

DB-Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee

DB-Matt Elam, Florida