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Chomping at Bits: Florida picked to finish 2nd in SEC East at SEC Media Days

Not being picked to win the East didn’t seem to hurt the Gators the last two seasons.

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Media picks Florida to finish 2nd in SEC East: The reigning two-time East division champions were picked to finish behind Georgia in 2017. Florida was picked to finish fifth in Jim McElwain’s first year, and was picked to finish second last year behind Tennessee, but made it to Atlanta both of those years. Alabama was chosen by the media as the likely eventual SEC champion. The media at SEC Media Days has correctly picked the overall league champion six times in 25 attempts. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

SEC preseason picks and awards announced: At SEC Media Days, the Gators finished in a tie for fourth in SEC champion voting, and had nine players selected to the All-SEC Team. Florida’s first-team preseason All-SEC team members were Media Days attendees Duke Dawson and Martez Ivey. (Dustin Ciraco and Will Pantages, Florida Gators; Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

A look at Florida’s secondary: The Gators are talented, but somewhat inexperienced. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Reloading the Gators’ defense: Florida lost seven defensive players to this year’s NFL Draft. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee alters definition of quality win: The new team sheets will put a greater emphasis on road wins. Florida’s non-conference schedule was released last week. (David Worlock,; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

More on Florida’s SEC Network takeover on July 27: This list is a bit more specific with regards to the events being broadcast. (William Pantages, Florida Gators)

Tennis player Jodi Burrage joins Gators: Burrage recently competed at the 2017 Junior Wimbleton. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Profile of Florida freshman wide receiver Daquon Green: Green is one of the Gators’ highest-rated offensive players in the 2017 class. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Yet another watch list: Duke Dawson landed on his third watch list this preseason, appearing on the Jim Thorpe Award’s list. (Katie Callahan, Florida Gators; Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

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