Florida gets a league-high 16 players on SEC coaches' preseason poll
The preseason expectations aren't just confined to the college football magazines. Apparently the SEC coaches are expecting a lot from the Florida football team, too.
The Gators had a league-high 16 players selected to the 2009 All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team, the league office announced on Thursday. LSU had 10 total selections and defending Western Division Champion Alabama and Georgia had nine each.
Florida had eight players chosen on the first team: QB Tim Tebow, OL Mike Pouncey, OL Maurkice Pouncey, LB Brandon Spikes, DL Carlos Dunlap, DB Joe Haden, punter Chas Henry and return specialist Brandon James.
Alabama had six players on the first team, and LSU had three. There were only three unanimous selections to this year’s All-SEC pre-season squad – LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.
Mississippi and Tennessee had seven total members on the squads, while Kentucky had six, Vanderbilt five, South Carolina and Arkansas four each, Auburn three and Mississippi State two.
The Gators' second-team selections are: OL Carl Johnson, PK Jonathan Phillips, RB Jeff Demps and DB Ahmad Black. On third-team are: TE Aaron Hernandez, LB Ryan Stamper, DB Major Wright, DB Janoris Jenkins.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
TE Richard Dickson, LSU; OL Ciron Black, LSU; OL Mike Johnson, Alabama; OL Mike Pouncey, Florida; OL John Jerry, Mississippi; C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida; WR Julio Jones, Alabama; WR A.J. Green, Georgia; QB Tim Tebow,Florida; RB Michael Smith, Arkansas; RB Charles Scott, LSU.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Terrence Cody, Alabama; DL Greg Hardy, Ole Miss; DL Carlos Dunlap, Florida; LB Rolando McClain, Alabama; LB Brandon Spikes, Florida; LB Rennie Curran, Georgia; LB Eric Norwood, South Carolina; DB Eric Berry Tennessee; DB Javier Arenas, Alabama; DB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky; DB Joe Haden, Florida.
The full list is here.