Six Gators named to coaches’ preseason All-SEC teams
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.