Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III leads three Gators selected by media to the SEC's preseason All-SEC team, the conference announced Friday.
Hargreaves was named to the league's first-team defense at corner, and received the most votes (186) of any player other than Georgia running back Nick Chubb (189). He is joined by two other defenders: Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, second in votes on the second-team All-SEC defense, and linebacker Antonio Morrison, third in votes received on the third-team All-SEC defense.
That Florida defense will be tested in 2015: Nine of the 11 preseason All-SEC first-team performers on offense will see the Gators, including Mississippi's league-leading three selections (wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, tight end Evan Engram, and offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil), though, weirdly, only four second-teamers will match up with the Gators.
Florida's lack of an offensive preseason All-SEC selection is new: Even in the depths of Will Muschamp's regime's offensive struggles, Florida had one selection in 2012 (Xavier Nixon, of all people!), three in 2013 (Matt Jones, Jon Halapio, and Jonotthan Harrison), and one in 2014 (Chaz Green).