Six Gators make Coaches All-SEC teams

The All-SEC Coaches Poll was released today and six Gators were honored with spots on the three teams. Florida’s six players listed was the fourth highest total of any team in the league and Ronald Powell was named All-SEC at both linebacker and defensive line – making Florida one of three schools to have a single player listed at multiple positions.

Dominique Easley, Loucheiz Purifoy and Kyle Christy were all named to the First Team All-SEC list. Easley and Purifoy were also listed as first team All-SEC players by Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Athlon and the media poll at SEC Media Days. Purifoy and Easley are also on the Nagurski Award watch list and the Bednairk Award watch list.

Christy – who was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award last season – has been the first team punter on just about every single All-American and All-SEC list that has been released this offseason. The talented punter is on the watch list for the 2013 Ray Guy Award watch list and has to be considered the favorite to win the award this season.

Coming in on the second team were Jon Halapio and Marcus Roberson. Halapio – who currently is dealing with a torn pectoral muscle – was also named to the second team at SEC Media Days and was a third team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele, Lindy’s and Athlon Sports.

Phil Steele, Lindy’s and the Associated Press also listed Roberson as a second team All-SEC cornerback.

Ronald Powell came in on third team All-SEC at linebacker and defensive end. Powell was also a third team All-SEC player according the SEC Media Days poll, while Phil Steele listed him as a second team representative at linebacker.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC