Gators nearly shut out on All-SEC offense

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Further confirmation of Florida's offensive concerns came Thursday morning from the huge throng of media at the SEC's annual media days.

The Gators didn't have a single player on the media's first- or second-team preseason All-SEC list for the second year in a row. It's the first time UF hasn't had a first- or second-teamer on offense in back-to-back seasons since the media began selecting preseason All-SEC teams in 1992.

In fact, the Gators were nearly shut out completely, but offensive tackle Xavier Nixon was named a third-team selection.

Florida fared much better on special teams and defense. Kicker Caleb Sturgis was UF's lone first-team selection. Safety Matt Elam was a second-team selection while defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley, linebacker Jonathan Bostic, and kick-returner Andre Debose were third-team selections.

Florida was picked by the 222 voters to finish third in the Eastern Division behind Georgia and South Carolina. The Gators did receiver 12 first-place votes. LSU was picked to win the Western Division and the SEC championship.