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Thursday July 18, 2013Nine Gators Voted to 2013 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Team

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Nine University of Football players were named to the 2013 Preseason All-SEC Teams, as voted on by a record 243 media members at SEC Media Days this year. Defensive lineman Dominique Easley, defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy and punter Kyle Christy were named to the preseason All-SEC first team. In addition, the Gators were voted to finish third in the SEC Eastern Division.

 

Easley, a senior from Staten Island, N.Y., has played in 29 games with 23 starts in his career. He has totaled 67 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his three seasons in Gainesville. Last season, he led UF with four sacks. He has been named to watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy.

 

Purifoy, a junior from Pensacola, Fla., has made 26 appearances for the Gators with 12 starts at cornerback and one start at wide receiver. He is the team’s leading returning tackler after racking up 51 tackles last year, while also forcing three fumbles and breaking up five passes. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

 

Christy, a junior from Brownsburg, Ind., is ranked second in school history, averaging 44.3 yards per punt. He set a school record for single-game punt average against South Carolina in 2012 with a 54.3 average. Christy also set a school record in 2012 with a season average of 45.8 yards per punt. He was a finalist for the 2012 Ray Guy Award and is on the preseason watch list for the award entering 2013.

 

Offensive lineman Jon Halapio and defensive back Marcus Roberson were both second team selections. Halapio, a fifth-year senior from St. Petersburg, Fla., enters 2013 with a team-leading 33 career starts. Roberson, a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., led the team in 2012 with 12 pass breakups and had two interceptions.

 

Five Gators were selected to the third team, including running back Matt Jones, center Jonotthan Harrison, linebacker Ronald Powell and return specialist Andre Debose. In addition, Purifoy was selected as the third team all-purpose player, as he will likely play a factor on offense and special teams as well as defense this season.

 

Jones, a sophomore from Seffner, Fla., locked down the starting job in the spring after coming on late last season in a backup role and totaling 275 rushing yards with three touchdowns. Harrison, a fifth-year senior from Groveland, Fla., has appeared in 39 games with 27 starts in his career and is on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy Award.

 

Powell, a redshirt junior from Moreno Valley, Calif., missed all of 2012 after suffering a torn ACL in the spring game. He led the team in sacks as a sophomore with six. Debose, a fifth-year senior from Sanford, Fla., currently holds the UF record and is tied for the SEC record with four career kickoff return touchdowns. He has averaged 27.4 yards per kick return, also a school record.

 

The 2013 season kicks off on August 31 at 12:21 p.m. when the Gators host Toledo. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online here.

 

 

2013 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(243 voters – most voters in SEC Media Days history / * - Ties)

 

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)

RB

T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)

RB

Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)

WR

Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)

WR

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)

TE

Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)

OL

Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)

OL

Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)

OL

Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)

OL

Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)

C

Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

Second-Team

QB

AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)

RB

Tre Mason, Auburn (15)

RB

*LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)

RB

*Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)

WR

Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss ( 46)

WR

Mike Evans,  Texas A&M (33)

TE

Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)

OL

Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)

OL

Jon Halapio, Florida (51)

OL

Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)

OL

Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)

C

Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)

Third-Team

QB

Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)

RB

*Matt Jones, Florida (5)

RB

*Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)

RB

*Alfred Blue, LSU (5)

WR

Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)

WR

Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)

TE

Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)

OL

La'el Collins, LSU (37)

OL

Josh Williford, LSU (30)

OL

Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)

OL

*A.J. Cann, South Carollina (14)

OL

*Zach Fulton, Tennessee (14)

C

*James Stone, Tennessee (30)

C

*Jonotthan Harrison, Florida (30)

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223)

DL

Dominique Easley, Florida (162)

DL

Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)

DL

Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)

LB

C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)

LB

A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)

LB

Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94) 

DB

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)

DB

Craig Loston, LSU (135)

DB

Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)

DB

Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

Second-Team

DL

Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (49)

DL

Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)

DL

Dee Ford, Auburn (38)

DL

Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)

LB

Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)

LB

Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)

LB

Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)

DB

Damian Swann, Georgia (70)

DB

Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)

DB

Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)

DB

Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

Third-Team

DL

Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)

DL

Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)

DL

Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)

DL

C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)

LB

Ronald Powell, Florida (24)

LB

Tahj Jones, LSU (20)

LB

*Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)

LB

*Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)

DB

E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)

DB

Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)

DB

Jalen Mills, LSU (22)

DB

Chris Davis , Auburn (20)

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P

Kyle Christy, Florida (108)

PK

Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)

RS

Odell Beckhman Jr., LSU (74)

AP

Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)

Second-Team

P

Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)

PK

Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)

RS

Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)

AP

Odell Beckhman Jr., LSU (44)

Third-Team

P

Steven Clark, Auburn (33)

PK

Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)

RS

Andre Debose, Florida (53)

AP

Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)

 

 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

SEC CHAMPION

Alabama

182

Georgia

38

South Carolina

18

Texas A&M

4

LSU

1

EASTERN DIVISION

Georgia (149)

1570

South Carolina (75)

1474

Florida (19)

1300

Vanderbilt

858

Tennessee

694

Missouri

577

Kentucky

331

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama (225)

1681

Texas A&M (11)

1333

LSU (7)

1324

Ole Miss 

883

Auburn

579

Mississippi State

516

Arkansas

488

 

 

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