Six members of the Florida Gators football team were selected for seven spots on the 2013 Preseason All-SEC Teams on Thursday, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
Florida had more than one player named to the First Team for the first time since 2010 as senior defensive lineman Dominique Easley, junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and junior punter Kyle Christy each received top honors. Each also earned first-team nods from the media last month.
Joining them with Preseason All-SEC nods are Second Team members redshirt senior right guard Jon Halapio and junior CB Marcus Roberson. Redshirt junior Ronald Powell, coming off a twice-torn anterior cruciate ligament, was selected to the Third Team as both a linebacker and defensive lineman.
UF had seven players named to the year-end 2012 All-SEC Team. Christy is the only one who remained in school as the other six graduated or left for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Florida’s seven selections matched Tennessee for the fourth-most overall. Alabama had a whopping 16 Preseason All-SEC picks, and LSU and Georgia both finished second with eight each.
It is the third-straight year that the Gators did not have a Preseason All-SEC First Team representative on offense and the fourth-straight year Florida does not have an offensive skill player on that list.
The media voted sophomore running back Matt Jones, redshirt senior center Jonotthan Harrison, senior kick returner Andre Debose and Purifoy (all-purpose player) on to the Third Team in July, giving the Gators nine selections in 10 spots.