UF’s Polite named to AP All-America team

Florida defensive linemen Jachai Polite and Adam Shuler II (95) celebrate after a sack by Polite against LSU at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun]

Florida junior defensive end Jachai Polite was picked to the Associated Press All-America Second Team. The Daytona Beach native garnered first-team AP and Coaches’ All-SEC honors last week.

Polite led the SEC in fumbles forced with five and totaled 11 sacks and 16.0 tackles-for-loss. The junior entered 2018 with nine tackles-for-loss in 19 career games. In 2018, Polite also added 43 tackles, four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.

Polite is the first Gators defensive end to garner at least second team AP All-America honors since Alex Brown in 2001.