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Tuesday December 4, 2012Seven Gators Earn Coaches' All-SEC Honors

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Seven Gators have earned Coaches’ All-SEC honors, announced by the league on Tuesday. Five Florida players were chosen to the first team and two were named to the second team. UF had just one player (Caleb Sturgis) who was a first-team pick on the SEC Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Team that came out in July during the annual media days. The Gators’ seven total selections were the second-highest total in league behind Alabama (8) and the Orange and Blue’s five first-team recipients trailed only the Crimson Tide (6).

 

In head coach Will Muschamp’s second season, Florida improved from a 6-6 regular season in 2011 to an 11-1 regular season in 2012. The five-game turnaround in the regular season marked the biggest one-year leap for the program in 32 years (0-10-1 in 1979, 7-4 regular season in 1980). Muschamp is the only first time head coach at a BCS-conference school to win 11 regular-season games in his second season after finishing .500 or worse the previous regular season in records back to 1996.

 

Senior running back Mike Gillislee (DeLand) was named to the first-team offense while junior defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens) represented the Orange and Blue on the first-team defense.

 

Gillislee became the first Gator to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2004, is third in the SEC in rushing yards per game (92.0) and sixth in all-purpose yards per game (105.1).  He has five 100-plus rushing yard performances this season and has rushed for 1,104 yards on 235 carries with a team-leading 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving).

 

Floyd and Elam have combined for 106 tackles on the season, leading a defensive unit that has yielded 12.9 points per game to rank third nationally in scoring defense and fifth in total defense (282.6 ypg). Elam has been credited with 10.0 TFL this season for a loss of 35 yards, a team-high four interceptions which ranks tied for 25th nationally, one forced fumble and five pass breakups. Floyd leads UF with 11 TFL this season for a loss of 40 yards, a sack, six quarterback hits, a forced fumble and blocked kick.

 

The Gators also collected first-team special teams honors with sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) and redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) earning the recognition at their respective positions. On the season, Sturgis leads the Orange and Blue in scoring with 101 points and became the third player in school history to score 300 points in their career.  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 an 85.2 field goal percentage. He repeats as a first-team All-SEC selection as he also earned the distinction in 2011.

 

Christy 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 when 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 in the country this season . Sturgis and Christy are finalists for national awards, including Lou Groza (kicker) and Ray Guy Awards (punter), respectively. 

 

Junior tight end Jordan Reed (New London, Conn) earned second-team offense honors, while senior linebacker Jon Bostic (Wellington) claimed a spot on the second-team defense.  Reed is the Gators’ leading receiver with 44 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns.  Bostic has recorded 62 tackles; third-best on the team this season, with 6.5 TFL, three sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. 

 

The Gators compiled an 11-1 regular-season record and a 7-1 mark in SEC play this season.  They will make their 22nd-straight bowl appearance in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.  UF has claimed a school-record four-consecutive bowls and will be making its eighth-consecutive January Bowl appearance, the longest active streak in the nation. In addition, the Gators will be appearing in a BCS Bowl for the seventh time, tops in the SEC and tied for the third-best total nationally. Florida’s total of five BCS Bowl wins is tied for the top total in the nation and with a victory it will have the top total in the nation in all-time BCS wins.

 

 

Coaches’ All-SEC Teams

FIRST TEAM

 

OFFENSE

TE -  Mychal Rivera, Tennessee

OL -  Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

Chance Warmack, Alabama

D.J. Fluker, Alabama

Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

C -    Barrett Jones, Alabama

WR -  Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

QB -  Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB -  Mike Gillislee, FLORIDA

Eddie Lacy, Alabama

AP -  Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

 

DEFENSE

DL -  Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Sam Montgomery, LSU

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Sharrif Floyd, FLORIDA

LB -  Jarvis Jones, Georgia

C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Kevin Minter, LSU

DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama

Matt Elam, FLORIDA

Eric Reid, LSU

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK – Caleb Sturgis, FLORIDA

P –  Kyle Christy, FLORIDA

RS –  Ace Sanders, South Carolina

 

SECOND TEAM

 

OFFENSE

TE - Jordan Reed, FLORIDA

OL - Larry Warford, Kentucky

Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

Chris Burnette, Georgia

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

C -  T.J. Johnson, South Carolina

WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

Justin Hunter, Tennessee

QB -  AJ McCarron, Alabama

RB -  Todd Gurley, Georgia

Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

AP -  Ace Sanders, South Carolina

 

DEFENSE

DL -  Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

John Jenkins, Georgia

Corey Lemonier, Auburn

LB -  A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

Jon Bostic, FLORIDA

*Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State

*Alec Ogletree, Georgia

DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Robert Lester, Alabama

Darius Slay, Mississippi State

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK -  Drew Alleman, LSU

P -  * Dylan Breeding, Arkansas

* Richard Kent, Vanderbilt

RS –  Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

 

* - Ties

 

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