Monday December 3, 2012Three Gators Named CBSSports.com All-Americans
Three University of Florida players – junior defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens), redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) and sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) – were named CBSSports.com All-Americans on Monday.
Elam took the highest honors of the three, landing a spot on the first-team defense. His four interceptions ties for 21st nationally and third in the SEC and his 65 total tackles ranks him 41st nationally. The junior from Palm Beach Gardens has compiled 10.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, four interceptions, four pass breakups and forced a fumbles on the season.
Sturgis and Christy are two of the best special teams players in the country as both are finalist for the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards, respectively. On the season, Sturgis, who heralded second-team offense honors, leads the Orange and Blue in scoring with 101 points and became the third player in school history to score 300 points. He is tied for third in the nation in field goals and tied for the lead in the SEC in kicking scoring while tying for second in overall scoring (23 FG, 32 PAT). In addition, Sturgis leads the SEC with 20 made field goals and a 85.2 field goal percentage. This is the second CBSSports.com All-American honor for Sturgis, who also earned the distinction last season.
Christy, a third-team defense selection, has turned in one of the most spectacular performances by a punter this season as he leads the SEC and is sixth in the nation in punting, averaging 46.10 yards per punt on 62 attempts for 2,858 yards. The Brownsburg, Ind. native had career performance against South Carolina where he punted seven times for 380 yards to set the UF record with an average of 54.3 yards, the second-best single game performance this season.