Five Gators named to Coaches’ All-SEC team

The Southeastern Conference coaches voted five Florida players to the preseason All-SEC team.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was the lone player on the first team. Last season, Hargreaves was a first team All-American by Sporting News, ESPN and CBS Sports. Five other outlets voted him a second or third team All-American. He was a unanimous first team All-SEC selection after having 50 tackles and leading the Gators and the SEC with 13 pass breakups.

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard and linebacker Antonio Morrison were both named to the All-SEC second team.

Bullard decided to return for his senior year after starting all 12 games last season and coming in third on the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss.

Morrison’s availability for this season is in question because of a serious knee injury suffered in the Birmingham Bowl. Florida coach Jim McElwain has praised Morrison’s effort in rehab after leading the Gators with 101 tackles last season.

The two offensive players voted to the preseason All-SEC team both came on the third team -- wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor.

Robinson totaled 810 receiving yards, the most by a Florida receiver since 2009, an seven touchdowns last season. His 67.5 receiving yards per game ranked fifth in the SEC and 34 of his 53 catches went for a first down or touchdown.

Taylor was on the short end of a two-back committee last season while Matt Jones led the position. Taylor still had 565 rushing yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. He led the Gators against Georgia, totaling 197 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns.

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