Gators Projected East Champs Again

HOOVER, Ala. -- When the assembled members of the SEC football media days looked at the 2010 season, they concluded it would look a lot like 2009 for Florida. The Gators were voted overwhelmingly to win the Eastern Division before tripping against Alabama in the championship game. The Crimson Tide were a decisive selection to win the conference overall, getting 143 votes to Florida's 17.

There were some surprises in the media voting. This was the first year things were done entirely online, which led to a much larger number of credentialed voters participating. It also appears to have led to some silliness, as nine teams were selected on at least one ballot to win the conference outright. Everyone other than Tennessee, Mississippi state and Vanderbilt has at least one person claiming they'll be the champs.

While Alabama and Florida were fully expected to be the division picks, there was great curiosity going in about how the voting would turn out for the teams behind them. Georgia was chosen as the second place finisher for the East, finishing just one point ahead of South Carolina. In somewhat of a surprise Kentucky was put fourth ahead of Tennessee with Vanderbilt bringing up the rear despite someone picking the Commodores to win their division.

Arkansas was selected second in the West, with Auburn behind them and LSU fourth. People in Baton Rouge can't be pleased that the 2010 version of the Tigers is picked to win their division by just one media member. Mississippi State and Ole Miss rounded out the field.

Florida put 10 players on the All-SEC media team, the same number selected by the coaches in voting earlier in the week. Only Alabama, with 12 players, had more guys chosen. Michael Pouncey is the first team center, while linebacker Brandon Hicks and safety Ahmad Black got the honors on defense. Seven more Gators were second teamers, including offensive linemen Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert, defensive lineman Justin Trattou, defensive backs Janoris Jenkins and Will Hill, and punter Chas Henry.

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