Thursday December 6, 2012Three Gators Named to Sporting News' All-America Team
Redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.), junior safety Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) were all named to Sporting News’ All-America Team. This marks the first time since 2009 that at least three Gators garnered first-team All-American honors.
For the 2012 regular season, Sturgis led UF in scoring with 101 points and became the third player in school history to score at least 300 points in their career. The Lou Groza Award-finalist is currently tied for third in the nation in field goals. He is also tied for the lead in the SEC in kicking scoring and tied 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. For his efforts this season, he was named Associated Press and Coaches’ first-team All-SEC, the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year, and to the CBSSports.com All-America Second Team.
This marks Elam’s second All-American recognition of this year, as he garnered first-team All-American honors from CBSSports.com. Elam tied for 21st in the nation and third in the SEC in interceptions with four in 2012. His 65 total tackles ranks 41st in the country, as well. The junior has compiled 10.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, four pass breakups, and forced one fumble on the season. Elam was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and coaches earlier in the week.
Floyd recorded 41 total tackles on the year for the Gators. He led the team in tackles for loss with 11.0 for a loss of 40 yards in 2012. Floyd also had one sack, six quarterback hits, one forced fumble, and a blocked kick. The Philadelphia native earned Associated Press and Coaches’ All-SEC First Team honors for his performance this season, as well.
The University of Florida football team completed the 2012 regular season with an 11-1 overall record and 7-1 mark in conference play. They will appear in their 22nd-consecutive bowl game when the team takes on Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, January 2. UF will be making its eighth-straight appearance in a January bowl game, the longest active streak in the country. In addition, the Gators will be in their seventh BCS bowl game, which ranks first in the SEC and is tied for third nationally.