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Thursday August 22, 2013Six Gators Named to Coaches' Preseason All-SEC Teams

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Six University of Florida football players were named to the Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Teams, as announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Thursday. Including ties, the Gators rank fourth in the league with the number of players listed. Ronald Powell was named to the list twice, making Florida one of three schools to have a single player listed multiple times.


Senior defensive lineman Dominique Easley (Staten Island, N.Y.) and junior defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla.) were named to the First-Team Defense. Both Easley and Purifoy are also on Lindy’s, Phil Steele’s, Athlon Sports and SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC First Teams. Additionally, Easley has been named to the Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists. Purifoy is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Paul Hornung Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.


Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) was named to the First-Team for specialists. The junior was a finalist for the 2012 Ray Guy Award and has been named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award Watch list. Additionally, Christy was named to Lindy’s, Phil Steele’s, Athlon Sports and Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-American First Teams. He is also on Lindy’s, Phil Steele’s, Athlon Sports and the SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC First Teams.


Jon Halapio, a redshirt senior offensive lineman, was named to the second-team offense. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native is also on the SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC Second Team as well as Lindy’s and Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC third Teams.


Junior Marcus Roberson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has been named to the second-team defense. The defensive back was also named to SEC Media Days, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC Second Team. Roberson was on the 2012 AP All-SEC Second Team and Phil Steele’s All-SEC Third Team. Powell (Moreno Valley, Calif.) was named to the third-team defense as both a defensive lineman and linebacker. The redshirt junior was also named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC Second Team and the SEC Media Days Preseason All-SEC Third Team.


The Gator Ticket Office is offering an exclusive meal deal ticket package for fans wishing to attend the 2013 football season opener against Toledo on August 31. The It’s Great to be at the Home Opener ticket package includes seats in the upper North End Zone Sunshine Seats and an opportunity for fans to save over $20.


The ticket package includes one game ticket, one souvenir soda and one hot dog for only $35. Fans will be able to redeem the hot dog and souvenir soda voucher at concession stands C322 and C325 during the day of the game only.


Tickets and concessions vouchers will be available for purchase online at or by calling 1-800-34-Gator. Vouchers for concessions will be mailed after purchase. Tickets can either be printed online or mailed with the vouchers. Fans will be able to take advantage of this special offer until Tuesday, August 20.


In addition, fans can purchase season, single-game or group football tickets on


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