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Gators tabbed preseason favorite for 2017

271 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Florida Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Florida, the two-time defending SEC regular-season champion, has been selected as the preseason favorite for the 2017 season after a vote of the 13 SEC head coaches in the annual preseason poll.

The Gators, who received nine first-place votes, return 14 letterwinners from last season's team that finished 56-7 overall and 20-4 in the SEC.

Auburn, who has won the last two SEC tournaments, earned two first-place votes and is projected to finish second in the SEC. Alabama and LSU tied for third place in this year's poll.

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

SEC teams begin action on Thursday, Feb. 9. The 2017 SEC Softball Tournament will take place May 10-13 at the Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

2017 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

1. Florida (9) - 141
2. Auburn (2) - 126
3. Alabama - 118
LSU (1) - 118
5. Tennessee - 98
6. Texas A&M (1) - 83
7. Georgia - 78
8. Kentucky - 75
9. Missouri - 53
10. Ole Miss - 45
11. South Carolina - 38
12. Mississippi State - 28
13. Arkansas - 13