Daily Football Fix: The No-Name Gator defense

Pat Dooley
Gator Sports
Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham

Over the course of an off-season — even one as crazy as this one — you get all kinds of opportunities to vote. 

This isn't like the general election, because you get numerous chances. Of course, the big vote is at the end when you cast your Heisman Trophy ballot.

But something hit me as I was voting on an All-SEC team.

This Florida defense is like that old Miami Dolphins team. The Gators have a No-Name Defense.

If there is anybody you would put on a first-team ballot on defense, it would be a leap of faith. Yeah, I think Brenton Cox might have a big year. Same goes for Kaiir Elam. The coaches have been talking up Ventrell Miller.

But in this league, there are household names at all of those positions such as Big Kat Bryant, Derek Stingley Jr. and Dylan Moses.

The USA Today Network of newspapers asked its beat writers in the SEC to pick an All-SEC team. I collected the ballots. One Florida player received one vote — cornerback Marco Wilson.

One. Vote.

When you see that team released this weekend, you'll get why there are no Gators on it. It's a defense full of high draft picks.

And yet, this could — and should — be a really good defense.

It's the old sum-of-the-parts-is-greater-than-the-whole argument. And there is little doubt that at the end of this season, there will be players on the team who really matter. 

The ones in the postseason.