Dominique Easley will be a key piece of the Florida defensive line. After playing defensive end last season, he's expected to slide inside to defensive tackle. He has played in 29 games with 23 starts in his career, totaling 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his three years.
Loucheiz Purifoy heads into his junior season with 12 career starts at cornerback and one start at wide receiver. He is the team's leading returning tackler with 51 last season, adding three forced fumbles and five pass breakups.
Semifinalists for both awards will be announced on October 29, and the three finalists for each award will be released on November 25. The winners will be announced at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12.