Tuesday February 5, 2013Matt Elam, Tony McQuay & Kelvin Taylor Honored by Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame
West Palm Beach, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Florida defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), quartermiler Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) and early enrollee running back Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla.) have all been honored by the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame for their 2012 Annual Sports Awards.
The recipients of the Annual Sports Awards will be recognized at the 2013 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, presented by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Sunday, March 24 beginning at 5:30pm.
Elam and McQuay are both up for the 2012 Amateur Athlete of the Year against Jonathan Dunn from Northwood University, who was named the NAIA Division II National Player of the Year, first team All-American and Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2012.
One of the top defenders in the SEC, Elam was a first-team All-American from Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and was a second-team honoree by Walter Camp this season. He led the Gators with four interceptions and was second on the team with 76 tackles, 58 of which were solo. Elam had 11 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two sacks and forced one fumble. For his career, he appeared in 26 games with 13 starts at safety and recorded 100 tackles, 12.5 TFL, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles. Elam declared for the 2013 NFL Draft and will forgo his final year of eligibility.
In the 4x400, McQuay literally clinched the NCAA Outdoor Championship for the Gators. Taking the baton in second place, Florida, down two points heading into the meet’s final event, needed to win the relay to secure at least a share of the team crown. McQuay, with a 44.01 split, fired past Southern California’s Bryshon Nellum to take the tape and give the Gators their only 4x400-meter relay national title in program history. McQuay was a Bowerman finalist, Olympic silver medalist in the men’s 4x400 and swept the NCAA indoor and outdoor 400-meter crowns for the first time since 2008. McQuay signed with Adidas as a professional during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Taylor, who enrolled early at the University of Florida from Glades Day School, is nominated for High School Athlete of the Year along with Greg Bryant from American Heritage High School (football) and Kai James from William T. Dwyer (girls’ basketball). The Lou Groza Award High School Player of the Year and state 2-A Player of the Year capped one of the greatest careers in the history of Florida high school football. Taylor ran for 2,260 yards, averaging 11.5 yards per carry, while scoring 40 touchdowns. He is the only player in state history to break the 10,000 career rushing yard mark, finishing with 11,745 yards and 195 touchdowns.