UF puts 7 on All-SEC


Florida senior Mike Gillislee was named first-team All-SEC on Monday.

Rob C. Witzel/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

After almost being shut out in first-team selections on the preseason All-SEC teams, the Florida Gators scored big on the AP All-SEC team that was released Monday.

Six players from UF’s 11-1 team are on the first team — tailback Mike Gillislee, tight end Jordan Reed, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, safety Matt Elam, place-kicker Caleb Sturgis and punter Kyle Christy.

The only other Gator on the AP team is sophomore cornerback Marcus Roberson, a second-team selection.

In the two prominent preseason All-SEC teams (the SEC coaches’ and the one by the media covering SEC Media Days), the only Gator to make the first team was Sturgis, who became UF’s all-time field goal leader this season.

The only offensive player on either preseason team was offensive tackle Xavier Nixon, who was on the third team. Floyd, Elam, defensive lineman Dominique Easley and return specialist Andre Debose were on the second team on the coaches’ preseason team, while Elam was on the second team and Floyd, Easley, Debose and linebacker Jon Bostic were on the media’s third team.

Florida coach Will Muschamp just missed out on being named the AP coach of the year in the conference, getting edged out by Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.

Muschamp and Sumlin also are among nine finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.

Sumlin’s quarterback, redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel, was a unanimous pick as the SEC’s offensive player of the year. He’s also considered the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. The defensive player of the year is Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

In this turnaround season for the Gators, numerous standout players emerged, led by Gillislee, who became the first UF player to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004.

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