I had the privilege of voting on the SB Nation All-Florida team, which the team at the mothership finally published — along with the clearly inferior All-California and All-Texas teams — this Thursday. And it turned out pretty much how I expected it to: Four Gators made the cut, with many, many more Seminoles dotting the roster.
The Gators on the list: Defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr., defensive tackle Leon Orr, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, and punter Kyle Christy.
Florida's four players are third among in-state teams behind Florida State (an incredible 14 of the 24 players), and Miami (six), with no other schools producing a member of the team. You can choose to see this as a reflection of Florida's talent if you want; I think it's mostly a reflection of (and overreaction to) Florida State's 2013 season, and the relatively unproven talent at some positions in the state.
Karlos Williams being slotted in as the state's best running back without him ever starting is amusing, as is Stacy Coley, splashy and inconsistent in 2013, showing up at wideout, but nothing here is funnier than FSU's Matthew Thomas, who played four games and then sustained a season-ending injury in 2013, showing up at linebacker.
It would be interesting to see how a postseason All-Florida differs from this preseason one, and so I hope we compile one.