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Florida defensive back Duke Dawson (7) was named a preseason All-American by one publication.

Athlon Sports: 3 Florida football players named preseason All-Americans

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Wednesday.

Three Gators named preseason All-Americans

Athlon Sports released its 2017 preseason All-America list, and three Florida football players made the cut. Cornerback Duke Dawson and kicker Eddy Pineiro landed on the second team, while punter Johnny Townsend was a third-team selection.

Dawson was also named the No. 72 player in the country to watch this college football season by Sports Illustrated.

Florida football’s biggest headache

ESPN.com continued its summer series breaking down different aspects of each of its preseason top-25 teams. The topic for Wednesday was, “Who is the biggest opposing headache for each top-25 team?” Staff writer Edward Aschoff opined that for Florida, the headache is LSU running back Derrius Guice. His explanation:

“Leonard Fournette is gone, but in his place will be uber-explosive and super-shifty Derrius Guice, who is a more elusive home run threat for LSU. Guice will enter the season as arguably the SEC’s most dynamic running back, while Florida’s front seven has a rebuilt new look.”

The Gators, conversely, were not named as the biggest headache for any of the three top-25 teams they face next season (Florida State, LSU, Georgia).

Our latest ‘Next Generation’ piece

Beat writer Ryan Young continued our “Next Generation” series with a look at linebacker Nick Smith, a player with a rich NFL heritage who was born 13 weeks premature.

In other Florida football and recruiting news

Florida baseball enjoys a day off

The No. 3 national seed Florida baseball team does not play again until Friday after winning its first two games at the College World Series. So on Wednesday, essentially an off day, the team had a chance to explore Omaha, Neb. Their attraction of choice for the day: The Omaha Zoo.

In other Florida baseball news

One last look at the NBA Mock Drafts

Devin Robinson on Thursday looks to be the first Florida men’s basketball player to be taken in the NBA draft since Bradley Beal in 2012. Here’s where various outlets have him going on the eve of the draft:

Now onto the track

Twenty current and former Florida track and field members will be competing at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships that begin today in Sacramento, Calif., for a chance to advance to the IAAF World Championships in London. Two former Gators — triple jumper Christian Taylor and 400-meter hurdler Kerron Clement — have already secured spots for the World Championships.

Awards and Honors

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Former Florida forward Devin Robinson

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