GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 2018 SEC Football Media Days start next week and Gators head coach Dan Mullen will be joined by offensive tackle Martez Ivey, defensive lineman Cece Jefferson and linebacker David Reese.
 
The SEC office announced the full list of players attending the four-day media festival on Wednesday, which runs Monday through Thursday in Atlanta, Ga. The Gators will attend the event Tuesday, July 17, along with Georgia, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
 
This marks the second-straight year that Florida will appear on the second day at the event.
 
Martez Ivey:

  • 2017: Played and started in all 11 games… Started the first nine games at left tackle and the final two contests of the season at left guard… He and Jawaan Taylor were the only two Florida offensive linemen to start each game… Named Second Team All-SEC by the league’s Coaches and the Associated Press… Garnered Third Team All-SEC honors by Phil Steele… 2016: Played in 13 games and made 12 starts… Had recorded 19 straight starts at left guard prior to the SEC Championship Game against Alabama… Two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (UGA, South Carolina)… Named Second Team All-SEC by the league’s Coaches and the Associated Press… Garnered Third Team All-SEC honors by Athlon Sports… 2015: Played in 12 games, starting in the last eight at left guard…Also saw time as a backup at tackle… Named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman team.

 

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Cece Jefferson:

  • 2017: Played in all 11 games and recorded eight starts at defensive end… Totaled 47 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team…Led the team in tackles-for-loss (13.5 for 38 yards) and sacks (4.5 for 14 yards)… Totaled a career-best nine tackles against Florida State (Nov. 25)… Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after he registered a career-best 1.5 sacks against Kentucky… Also recorded one pass breakup and six quarterback hurries, which ranked second on the team… 2016: Played in 12 games and started six… Missed Florida’s South Carolina due to an injury… Totaled 30 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries… Notched a season-high five tackles and two quarterback hurries against Missouri… Recorded three solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss against Iowa in the Outback Bowl… 2015: Appeared in all 14 games, starting in four of them… Named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman team…Named to the PFF All-Freshman Second Team…Tied for third on the team with 3.5 sacks.

 

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David Reese

  • 2017: Despite missing the entire offseason after having surgery on both of his wrists, he returned and did not miss a start while leading the team in tackles (102) and finishing second on the team in tackles-for-loss (10.0)… Also tallied 1.5 sacks, one interception and one quarterback hurry… Since 2007, Reese is the third UF linebacker to record 100-plus tackles in a season (Brandon Spikes, 131 in 2007; Antonio Morrison, 103 in 2015 & 101 in 2014)… Overall, he’s the second UF player to have 100 tackles since Ahmad Black in 2010… Surpassed the 100-tackle mark in the final game of the season when he posted a career-best 14 tackles against Florida State… Led the Gators in tackling in 10 out of the 11 games… Notched his first-career interception against Tennessee… Became the first Gator linebacker to intercept a pass since Daniel McMillian recorded an INT against Iowa in the 2017 Outback Bowl… Garnered Second Team All-SEC honors by Phil Steele… Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2016: Appeared in 12 games and started four contests throughout the season… Missed the Outback Bowl against Iowa due to a pair of wrist injuries… Began the season as a reserve linebacker and member of Florida’s special teams’ units… Started the final four games of the regular season at linebacker after the Gators sustained some injuries… Totaled 49 tackles and two tackles-for-loss… In his first-career start against South Carolina, Reese tallied a game-high 11 tackles… Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after he posted a career-high 12 tackles and a 0.5 tackle-for-loss in Florida’s SEC Eastern Division-clinching win at LSU…In the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, DE Jabari Zuniga blocked UA’s extra point attempt with 1:42 left in the first quarter, and Reese returned it for a defensive PAT (two points)… That marked the first blocked extra point in the SEC Championship since 2003 (Georgia’s Kedric Golston blocked LSU’s Chris Jackson) and it was the blocked extra point returned for a defensive PAT in the SEC Championship since 1997 (Auburn’s Charles Dorsey blocked Tennessee’s Jeff Hall, and Auburn’s Quinton Reese returned the block)… In addition, the last time UF blocked an extra point and returned it for a defensive PAT was November 12, 2005 vs. South Carolina (144 games)… Meanwhile, the score was Resse’s first of his career… Garnered Freshman All-America honors by Pro Football Focus and the FWAA… Named Freshman All-SEC by Gridiron Now.

 

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SEC Network Program Schedule
 

  • Monday, 7/16
    • 7-10 am: SEC This Morning (Peter Burns & Marcus Spears)
    • 10 am – 4 pm: SEC Now
    • 4-7 pm: Paul Finebaum

 

  • Tuesday, 7/17
    • 7-8:30 am: SEC This Morning (Peter Burns & Marcus Spears)
    • 8:30 am -3 pm: SEC Now
    • 3-7 pm: Paul Finebaum

 

  • Wednesday, 7/18
    • 7-9 am: SEC This Morning (Peter Burns & Marcus Spears)
    • 9 am – 3 pm: SEC Now
    • 3-7 pm: Paul Finebaum

 

  • Thursday, 7/19
    • 7 – 9 am: SEC This Morning (Peter Burns & Marcus Spears)
    • 9 am – 12 pm: SEC Now
    • 3-7 pm: Paul Finebaum

 
SEC Network and ESPN will once again be on site to bring SEC Media Days to a national audience.
 
Six times since 1992 has the SEC Media Days predicted champion proceeded to win the SEC Championship.
 
2018 SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SCHEDULE
 
MONDAY, July 16

  • Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher
  • LSU – Ed Orgeron
  • Kentucky – Mark Stoops

 
TUESDAY, July 17

  • Georgia – Kirby Smart
  • Ole Miss – Matt Luke
  • Florida – Dan Mullen
  • Arkansas – Chad Morris

 
WEDNESDAY, July 18

  • Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
  • Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
  • Alabama – Nick Saban
  • Missouri – Barry Odom

 
THURSDAY, July 19

  • Auburn – Gus Malzahn
  • Vanderbilt – Derek Mason
  • South Carolina – Will Muschamp
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