The University of Florida men's basketball team was predicted to finish fifth in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference on Monday by league reporters. (FYI: Gator Clause does not vote in preseason polls. Pointless.) In a related bit of news, UF returning starters Chandler Parsons, Dan Werner and Alex Tyus were left off the writers' preseason all-conference teams. The nerve.
Kentucky and new Big Blue coach John Calipari was picked to win the SEC. Predicted finish of the SEC East: Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Predicted finish of the SEC West: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn. (Wow, Arkansas and Florida both picked to finish fifth. The perception of Billy Ball is struggling these days.)
Writers tabbed Kentucky power forward Patrick Patterson as the preseason SEC Player of the Year. (How many years to not landing Patterson set back Florida basketball? Setting the over/under at four years.)
Preseason SEC first-team: PG Devan Downey, South Carolina; SG Terrico White, Ole Miss; F Patrick Patterson, Kentucky; F Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State; G/F Tyler Smith, Tennessee.
Preseason SEC second-team: G DeWayne Reed, Auburn; G John Wall, Kentucky; G Chris Warren, Ole Miss; F Tasmin Mitchell.
SEC REFS BLEW CALL
That phantom personal foul call against Arkansas defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard during the Razorbacks' loss to Florida on Saturday? Yeah, the SEC said on Monday that their refs blew it. Arkansas sent in video of Sheppard's foul against Gators tackle Marcus Gilbert. The SEC informed Arkansas that "there was no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty."
Coincidentally (or maybe not) the crew that worked the Arkansas-Florida game on Saturday was the same set of officials who worked the Georgia-LSU game when UGA receiver A.J. Green was wrongly flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty. Hmmmm...
SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis was named SEC special teams player of the week for his three-field goal performance against Arkansas. Sturgis kicked a 27-yard field goal to win the game. He finished the game 3 of 4 in field-goal attempts and drilled a 51-yard field goal, a career long.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram was named SEC offensive player of the week after churning out 246 yards on 24 carries and touchdown against South Carolina. Kentucky linebacker Micah Johnson appears to finally be living up to his potential. Johnson had 14 tackles in the 'Cats win against Auburn.
Ole Miss center Daverin Geralds was named SEC offensive lineman of the week. Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins of Pembroke Pines was named defensive lineman of the week. Atkins had eight tackles in the Bulldogs' win against Vandy.
URBAN MEYER'S CHAMPIONS CLUB
OFFENSE: Linemen Carl Johnson, Marcus Gilbert, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, running back Jeff Demps, receiver Deonte Thompson, quarterback Tim Tebow and receiver Riley Cooper was named player of the game.
DEFENSE: Linemen Omar Hunter and Terron Sanders, free safety Major Wright and cornerback Joe Haden was the defensive player of the game.
FLORIDA INJURY REPORT (According to Meyer)
MLB Brandon Spikes (groin) probable; DE Justin Trattou (pulled bicep tendon) doubtful; WR Riley Cooper (hip pointer) probable; defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh (ankle) questionable; defensive tackle Jaye Howard (knee) questionable.