Tuesday December 11, 2012Gators Earn AP and Sports Illustrated All-American Honors
Postseason awards keep rolling in for the University of Florida Gators as they had four players earn six honors on The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated All-American teams announced Tuesday.
Junior defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens) was named a first-team AP and Sports Illustrated All-American. Elam earns his third All-American selection this season, 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 rank 41st in the country, as well. The junior has compiled 10 tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups and forced one fumble.
Redshirt senior Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) repeats as an AP and Sports Illustrated All-American, as he earned both accolades in 2011. Sturgis is a third-team AP selection while earning honorable mention from Sports Illustrated. 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 scoring by a kicker while 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.
Junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned AP All-American honors, taking a spot on the third team. Floyd recorded 41 total tackles on the year for the Gators. He led the team in tackles for loss with 11 for a loss of 40 yards. Floyd also had one sack, six quarterback hits, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) earned Sports Illustrated All-American honorable mention honors. Christy leads the SEC and is sixth in the nation in punting, averaging 46.1 yards per punt on 62 attempts. 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.
The Gators compiled an 11-1 regular season record and a 7-1 mark in SEC play this season. They will make their 22nd consecutive 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.