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UF Football: Florida selected to win SEC East, Six Gators Earn All-SEC Preseason Honors
September 23, 2020
Courtesy of University Athletic Association
The Gators received the fourth-most votes to win the SEC Championship
The Gators have been picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, while placing fourth in the voting for the SEC Champion, according to a preseason poll of media covering SEC football.
Individually, Florida had six players selected to All-SEC teams, including two first-team members, three second-team members and a third-team member.
Florida Selected to Win the SEC East The Gators were selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 624 points, including 53 first-place votes, while Georgia was second with 613 points and 43 votes to win the division. Tennessee was third with 434 points. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.
The selection marks the first time since 2010 the Gators are picked to win the division.
Florida enters the 2020 season after finishing second in the Eastern Division last year, compiling a 6-2 record in SEC play.
Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 660 total points, followed by LSU with 489 and Auburn with 488. Alabama received 86 first-place votes in the SEC West. Additionally, the Crimson Tide were also picked to win the SEC title, receiving 77 votes in the process.
Only seven times since 1992 has the predicted champion at SEC Media Days proceeded to win the SEC Championship Game.
EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
Florida Places Six on Preseason All-SEC List UF’s two first-team members were redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Trask and junior tight end Kyle Pitts, while defensive lineman Zachary Carter and defensive backs Kaiir Elam and Marco Wilson were named to the second-team. Receiving third-team All-SEC recognition, linebacker Ventrell Miller rounds out the selection of Gators on the All-SEC Teams.
Trask started in 10 games last season after stepping in to take over Florida’s offense at the start of the fourth quarter during the Gators’ victory over Kentucky. The following week, Trask made his first career start against Tennessee, throwing for 293 yards with two touchdowns. Trask threw for 2,941 yards with 25 touchdowns across 12 games played in 2019 and was named to the SEC All-Conference Third Team for his performances.
Pitts appeared in all 13 games throughout the 2019 season for the Gators and is regarded as one of the top tight ends in college football after totaling 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. The Philadelphia native led all tight ends in the SEC in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns and finished third nationally amongst FBS tight ends in receptions. Pitts was named to the AP/Coaches’ All-SEC First Team.
Carter appeared in all 13 games and made starts against Vanderbilt and Missouri on the defensive line. He helped make Florida the only team in the SEC with more than six players with at least three sacks. Carter tied for second on the squad with career-highs in sacks (4.5) and tackles-for-loss (7).
Elam appeared in all 13 games and made five starts in his first collegiate season where he totaled 11 tackles, three interceptions and four passes defended (tied for second-most on the team). Elam was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
Wilson played and started in all 13 games, recording 36 total defensive stops (23 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two pass break-ups. Wilson recorded an interception against Tennessee, Auburn and Missouri and was one of four Florida defensive backs with at least three interceptions.
Miller finished second on the team in tackles with 55 and was one of eight Gators to finish with at least three sacks. Miller appeared in 12 games, starting in 11 at linebacker. The Lakeland, Florida native registered career-highs of eight tackles against Florida State and in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Virginia.
2020 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
First-Team QB – Kyle Trask, Florida RB – Najee Harris, Alabama RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State WR – DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama TE – Kyle Pitts, Florida OL – Alex Leatherwood, Alabama OL – Trey Smith, Tennessee OL – Landon Dickerson, Alabama OL – Landon Young, Kentucky C – Drake Jackson, Kentucky
Second-Team QB – Kellen Mond, Texas A&M RB – Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas RB – Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M WR – George Pickens, Georgia WR – Terrace Marshall, LSU TE – Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M OL – Deonte Brown, Alabama OL – Darian Kinnard, Kentucky OL – Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina OL – Ed Ingram, LSU C – Trey Hill, Georgia
Third-Team QB – Mac Jones, Alabama RB – Zamir White, Georgia RB – Larry Rountree, Missouri WR – Seth Williams, Auburn WR – Elijah Moore, Ole Miss TE – Arik Gilbert, LSU OL – Austin Deculus, LSU OL – Brodarious Hamm, Auburn OL – Evan Neal, Alabama OL – Wanya Morris, Tennessee C – Landon Dickerson, Alabama
First-Team DL – Big Kat Bryant, Auburn DL – LaBryan Ray, Alabama DL – Jordan Davis, Georgia DL – Malik Herring, Georgia LB – Dylan Moses, Alabama LB – K.J. Britt, Auburn LB – Nick Bolton, Missouri DB – Patrick Surtain II, Alabama DB – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU DB – Richard LeCounte, Georgia DB – Jacoby Stevens, LSU
Second-Team DL – Bobby Brown, Texas A&M DL – Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt DL – Kobie Whiteside, Missouri DL – Zachary Carter, Florida LB – Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee LB – Monty Rice, Georgia LB – Jabril Cox, LSU DB – Kaiir Elam, Florida DB – Eric Stokes, Georgia DB – Marco Wilson, Florida DB – Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
Third-Team DL – Aaron Sterling, South Carolina DL – Glen Logan, LSU DL – Josh Paschal, Kentucky DL – DJ Dale, Alabama LB – Ventrell Miller, Florida LB – Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State LB – Boogie Watson, Kentucky DB – Demani Richardson, Texas A&M DB – Smoke Monday, Auburn DB – Tyree Gillespie, Missouri DB – Christian Tutt, Auburn* DB – Bryce Thompson, Tennessee*
First-Team P – Max Duffy, Kentucky PK – Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee RS – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama AP – Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Second-Team P – Jake Camarda, Georgia PK – Cade York, LSU RS – Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss AP – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
Third-Team P – Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU PK – Anders Carlson, Auburn RS – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU AP – Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss