If the Florida Gators were not already motivated by last season’s 4-8 debacle, they should be now after what happened at SEC Media Days on Thursday.
The Gators were shown almost no respect from the media when they were picked third in the Eastern Division and had just four players on the preseason All-SEC team, only two on the first team and none on the first two offensive teams.
Florida and its fans may be anticipating a big bounce-back season in 2014, but the media obviously doesn’t feel the same way about this team.
The only Gator offensive player mentioned on the preseason team was senior tackle Chaz Green, who is on the third team.
The UF defense did get some respect, with end Dante Fowler Jr. and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III being named to the first team.
Based on the voting for the preseason team, the media apparently sees the Florida defense being solid and the offense being irrelevant heading into the season.
If that doesn’t motivate (and fire up), Jeff Driskel, Kurt Roper and all those other offensive players, nothing will.