Gators Dominate Media All-Conference Teams
Defending SEC and national champion Florida Gators had a league-high 12 representatives on the 2009 All-Southeastern Conference Media Days Football Team, while defending Western Division Champion Alabama had eight total selections in a vote of media attending the 2009 SEC Football Media Days, held July 22-24 in Hoover, AL.
The 64 voters also chose the Gators to play the Crimson Tide in the SEC Football Championship Game rematch on December 5th in Atlanta.
The Gators were on 63 of 64 ballots for the winner of the SEC Championship Game and were on all 64 ballots to win the Eastern Division. Ole Miss was the only other team to receive an SEC Championship vote. Filling out the Eastern Division, Georgia was predicted to finish second, South Carolina third, Tennessee fourth, Vanderbilt fifth and Kentucky sixth.
Florida is the first team to be a unanimous selection to a division since the league started divisional play in 1992. Alabama had 33 first place votes in the Western Division, while Ole Miss had 16 and LSU had 15. Filling out the votes in the Western Division, LSU was second, Ole Miss third, Arkansas fourth, Auburn fifth and Mississippi State sixth.
Ten of the 12 SEC Schools had a member on the first-team All-SEC squad. Each SEC school had at least one student-athlete on either the first or second team. Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss each had five student-athletes on either the first or second team followed by Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee with three each.
Florida had the most first-team selections with eight followed by Alabama with six. Arkansas, LSU and Ole Miss had two each. There were no unanimous selections on the All-SEC team. The leading vote-getters were Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry (62), Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (61) and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes (61). Twin offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey also make the first team while Tight End Aaron Hernandez made the second team. Defensively, junior End Carlos Dunlap and junior cornerback Joe Haden also made the first team while junior safeties Ahmad Black and Major Wright make the second team. Also, senior running back Brandon James is the first-team kick returner while junior punter Chaz Henry also made the first-team.
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