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Gators’ Vernon Hargreaves III makes first-team all-SEC, 2 others honored

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The Gators didn’t get a lot of votes to win the SEC title this year. One, in fact.

They didn’t get a lot of members on the SEC preseason all-conference team, either. One first-teamer, in fact.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves from Tampa, who said this week that he considered himself to be the best defensive back in the country, was the only University of Florida player on the preseason list. Two other Gator defensive players were honored.

Defensive linebacker Jonathan Bullard was voted to the second team, tying for the most votes on the team. Linebacker Antonio Morrison was named to the third team.

That means that no Gator offensive player, or specialist, made it to the first, second or third teams. By comparison, the University of Alabama had 12 players selected to the teams. Auburn had nine.

It is clear that if the Gators have a breakthrough year, it will come as a surprise to the media who cover the SEC.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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