Gators lacking on SEC team

Florida linebacker Jon Bostic during the second half against Alabama in Gainesville Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.

Perhaps the first real sign that the Florida Gators might be in for a struggle in 2011 came with the release of the football coaches’ preseason All-SEC team last July.

There were no Gators — zero — on the first team and only two on the second team (tailback Jeff Demps and kicker Caleb Sturgis).

Maybe the Gators are in for another bumpy ride in 2012.

The only Gator to make it on this year’s coaches’ preseason All-SEC first team is Sturgis, a senior. The league released the team Thursday morning.

For the second consecutive year, Florida has no offensive or defensive players on the first team.

The Gators placed four players on the second team — defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, middle linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and kick returner Andre Debose.

UF’s only offensive player on the team is senior tackle Xavier Nixon, who is on the third team.

Defensive tackle Dominique Easley and outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins are also on the third team, giving the Gators eight players on the coaches’ preseason team.

Florida is one of four schools with no offensive or defensive players on the first team. The others are Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Missouri.

Defending national champion Alabama and defending SEC champion LSU each have 11 players on the team.

The Tigers have a league-high seven players named to the first-team, three on the second team and one on the third team. The Crimson Tide have four players selected to the first team, four on the second team and three on the third team.

Arkansas is third with 10 total players selected, four on the first team and three on each of the second and third teams.

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