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The Rest of the SEC. Picks for the SEC Champ in volleyball and soccer were picked Monday and Florida came out on top of both. The Gators are the defending league champs in soccer and placed second in the conference last season in volleyball. Soccer kicks off the sports calendar on August 22nd against Miami and volleyball opens August 29th hosting Georgia Southern.
Florida’s Season Preview. SBNation‘s Bill Connelly went pretty in-depth when it comes to previews. It’s well worth the read despite the pessimism when it comes to the Gators. (Bill Connelly, SBNation)
Gators Practice Report. C.J. Worton’s making a name for himself, bumps and bruises are starting to add up, the defensive line’s depth will be tested, the backup QB race, and more. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)
Demarcus Robinson is Silly Good. Your daily reminder that Demarcus Robinson will most likely have a breakout season as long as the quarterback can get the ball in his hands.
— #FloridaFamily (@_Gators_) August 11, 2014
That’s six at once for you counting at home.
Volleyball Picked to Win SEC Title. Despite an impressive 16-2 conference record last season, Florida narrowly missed out on the SEC title, thanks to Missouri’s 18-0 season. This year, the Gators are picked to win the SEC with Kentucky finishing second and Mizzou third. UF received 12-of-13 first place votes (Mizzou got the other one). Florida also placed three on the preseason All-SEC team. Gators right side hitter Alex Holston, outside hitter Ziva Recek, and libero Taylor Unroe make up one-third of the team. Florida also came in ranked as the highest team in the SEC at 10 for the initial AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. (SEC)
Soccer Chosen to Repeat as SEC Champs. Gator soccer split the SEC title last season with Texas A&M as both teams compiled a 9-2 record in league play. Before the start of this season, the Gators and Aggies are still battling. UF edged TAMU as the favorite to win the SEC Championship by a two point margin (164-162, eight first-place votes to six). The Gators return all 11 starters, including forward Savannah Jordan, midfielder Havana Solaun, and defender/midfielder Christen Westphal. (SEC)