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July 18, 2013

SEC Preseason Predictions: Florida picked to finish third in East (again)

For the second straight season, Florida is predicted (by a record-number of media) to finish third in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division behind Georgia and South Carolina. All three schools are expected to open the 2013 season somewhere inside the nation's top-10 ranked teams. 

Will Muschamp’s team received 19 first-place votes, with zero votes to outright win the league.   

Meanwhile, the SEC also released its preseason all-conference teams.

The Gators placed nine players across three teams, including first-team defense honorees (DT) Dominique Easley and (CB) Louchiez Purifoy.

UF punter Kyle Christy was also a first-team selection. 

A couple interesting nuggets stand out to me: Not a single Florida wideout was even listed on the ballot for selection. The Gators' last non-lineman to make a preseason All-SEC first-team was Tim Tebow in 2009. 

Linebacker Ronald Powell, despite missing the entire 2012 season with an ACL injury, was picked as a third-team honoree. While sophomore running back Matt Jones , who is just a first-year starter, also earned a third-team nod.

Below are all of UF’s selections:

First-team defense: DT Dominique Easley, CB Louchiez Purifoy

First-team specialists: P Kyle Christy

Second-team offense: OG Jon Halapio  

Second-team defense: CB Marcus Roberson

Third-team offense: RB Matt Jones, C Jon Harrison

Third-team defense: LB Ronald Powell

Third-team specialists: RS Andre Debose, AP Louchiez Purifoy    

Agree or disagree with the media’s picks? Any noticeable omissions (Antonio Morrison, Dante Fowler maybe)?

Have at it.

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