June 22, 2011
Three Vanderbilt seniors - Brandon Barden, Chris Marve and Casey Hayward - have been named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-Southeastern Conference second team within the organization's 2011 national college football preview magazine.
The college preview magazine by Athlon's, a Nashville-based firm, hit newsstands in early June.
Barden, a senior tight end, was named to the second-team offense after a junior season in which he started every game and led the Commodores in several receiving categories, including receptions and receiving yards. Barden's three touchdown catches in 2010 were second only to Jordan Matthews on the team.
Barden, from Lincolnton, Ga., enters his final season as Vanderbilt's active leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
Marve, a senior linebacker from Memphis, and Hayward, a senior cornerback from Perry, Ga., were selected to Athlon's second-team defense.
Marve, a fifth-year senior from Memphis, Tenn., will seek his third 100-plus-tackle season in his fourth year as a starter after battling a knee injury for most of last season. Hayward finished third in the nation and first in the SEC last season with 17 passes defended and fifth nationally in interceptions with six. Both Marve and Hayward were awarded postseason second team All-SEC honors last season.
Alabama leads the conference with seven first-team selections and shares the lead in most overall selections with Arkansas - both teams hold nine preseason spots on the list.