Georgia picked to finish first, by wide margin
SEC Media Days has come to a close after five days of coaches and athletes being bombarded with questions from various media outlets across the southeast. With the end of the week comes votes for SEC preseason rankings as well as the All-SEC Team selections.
The Florida Gators did not receive a lot of love from voters and fell far behind in the polls to UGA. The Bulldogs were selected to win the East with 923 points and 124 first-place votes while Florida only received seven votes to win the division and 784 points.
Kentucky was selected third with two votes to win the division and 624 points.
Of course, standing at the top of the list is the inevitable Alabama Crimson Tide who received an unsurprising 130 votes to win the western division and 84 votes to win the conference championship in Atlanta. Although the Bulldogs are favorites the East, they fell far behind in second place with 45 votes to win the league title.
Four Gators were voted on the list of preseason All-SEC Teams with defensive lineman Zachary Carter and defensive back Kaiir Elam leading the way on the Defensive First-Team. Carter tied for his spot with Texas A&M lineman DeMarvin Leal. Linebacker Ventrell Miller, who also attended the SEC Media week, was voted to the Second-Team.
The only player on the Gators offense to get voted to the All-SEC list is wide receiver Jacob Copeland who was voted to the Third-Team with Texas A&M’s Ainias Smith.
Once again, Alabama led the way on player voted to the preseason All-SEC Team with 16 athletes voted in and eight Crimson Tide members on the First-Team.
Now that the busy week is over and votes were accounted for, the teams can return home from the endless questions, the Gators will prepare for kickoff of week one against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Sept. 4.