Mangum, Rooker Named To Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams

Mangum, Rooker Named To Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams

Mangum, Rooker Named To Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams

Mangum, Rooker Named To Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A pair of Preseason All-Americans are also now Preseason All-Southeastern Conference team members as Mississippi State sophomore Jake Mangum was named to the first team, while junior Brent Rooker was placed on the second team.

In the SEC Coaches Preseason Poll, the Diamond Dawgs were voted to a fourth-place finish in the league’s Western Division with a total of 36 votes.

As voted on by the league’s coaches, the 2017 preseason accolades continue to collect for the pair of MSU outfielders after they were named All-SEC performers following the 2016 season.

As a freshman in 2016, Mangum collected the SEC batting crown, recording a league-high .408 batting average, in addition to being named SEC Freshman of the Year, first-team All-SEC honors and recognition on seven All-America lists. Mangum spent the offseason playing summer ball in the prestigious Cape Cod baseball league for the Bourne Braves.

During a stellar sophomore season, Rooker hit .324 with a team-high 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 2016. That performance earned him second-team All-SEC honors in 2016 and was followed by summer ball in the Cape Cod League for the Brewster Whitecaps and thrived as he was named a CCBL All Star. Over 36 games, Rooker owned a .303 clip with eight doubles, three homers and 22 RBI.

Fans can meet Mangum, Rooker and the rest of the 2017 Diamond Dawgs on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Fan Day. More information on the two events can be found here.

The Diamond Dawgs will begin the 2017 season at Dudy Noble Field on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. CT against 2016 College World Series participant Texas Tech. Season tickets and Pick 15 Flex Pack options are on sale at


2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll

Eastern Division

  1. Florida (10) – 70
  2. South Carolina (4) – 61
  3. Vanderbilt – 52
  4. T4. Georgia – 29
  5. T4. Kentucky – 29
  6. Tennessee – 20
  7. Missouri – 12

Western Division

  1. LSU (13) – 72
  2. Texas A&M (1) – 55
  3. Ole Miss – 51
  4. Mississippi State – 36
  5. Arkansas – 27
  6. T6. Alabama – 16
  7. T6. Auburn – 16

SEC Champion: Florida (6), LSU (6), South Carolina (2)

2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

1B: Evan White, Kentucky

2B: Cole Freeman, LSU

SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida

3B: Jonathan India, Florida

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU

DH/UTL: JJ Schwarz, Florida

SP: Alex Faedo, Florida

SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

RP: Tyler Johnson, South Carolina


Second Team

C: Jason Delay, Vanderbilt

1B: JJ Schwarz, Florida

2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss

SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU

3B: Colby Bortles, Ole Miss

OF: Greg Deichmann, LSU

OF: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State

OF: Luke Bonfield, Arkansas

DH/UTL: Alex Destino, South Carolina

SP: Alex Lange, LSU

SP: Tanner Houck, Missouri

RP: Matt Ruppenthal, Vanderbilt


MSU Preseason Accolades
OF – Jake Mangum – So.
Preseason First Team All-SEC
D1 Baseball Preseason All-American (First Team)

NCBWA Preseason All-American (First Team)
Perfect Game Preseason All-American (Second Team)
Baseball America Preseason All-American (Second Team)

OF – Brent Rooker – RJr.
Preseason Second Team All-SEC
Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American (Third Team)

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