Gators picked 3rd in SEC East
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Florida Gators find themselves right where they were a year ago, picked to finish third in the SEC's Eastern Division by the media that covers the league.
Georgia is the pick to win the East, with South Carolina finishing second. UF received only 19 first-place votes to Georgia's 149 and USC's 75.
Defending national champion Alabama was an overwhelming pick to win the Western Division and the SEC title. The Tide received 225 first-place votes to runner-up Texas A&M's 11 in the division race, while receiving 182 first-place votes to Georgia's 38 for SEC champion.
The Gators are well-represented on the media's preseason All-SEC team that was released Thursday at SEC Media Days.
UF placed three players on the first team — defensive tackle Dominique Easley, cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and punter Kyle Christy. The Gators had no position players on the first two teams a year ago.
The Gators have two players on the second team — offensive guard Jon Halapio and cornerback Marcus Roberson.
Tailback Matt Jones, center Jon Harrison, linebacker Ronald Powell and return specialist Andre Debose are on the third team, along with Purifoy (all-purpose player).
As for the SEC predictions, the media does not have a successful track record picking the SEC champion. The writers and broadcasters have been right only four times — Florida in 1994, 1995 and 2008 and LSU in 2007.
LSU was picked to win the conference last season.