Coaches vote five Gators first team All-SEC
This story originally published on FightinGators.com
Elam had a strong junior year
Elam had a strong junior year
FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2012


The season started in Hoover, Ala., at SEC Media Days where the conference’s coaches voted kicker Caleb Sturgis as the only Florida player on the first team. When the postseason awards were announced on Tuesday, the Gators had five players on the first team and two on the second team.

After earning the respect of the SEC coaches in the preseason, kicker Caleb Sturgis again earned first team All-SEC honors. The senior went 23-for-27 on field goals this season, including hitting all three attempts from 50+ yards.

Running back Mike Gillislee was named to the first team after rushing for 1,104 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. Gillislee didn’t make the first three All-SEC teams in the preseason.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam both earned spots on the first team All-SEC defense. The two combined for 21 tackles for a loss during the 2012 season, as Elam became a menace playing as an extra man in the box for team’s to prepare for.

Punter Kyle Christy earned his spot on the first team All-SEC after being one of the top punters in the country. He averaged 46.1 yards per punt and totaled 25 punts of 50+ yards. He dropped 26 punts inside the opponent’s 20 while totaling just six touchbacks.

After not being on the Associated Press All-SEC first or second team, linebacker Jon Bostic was voted by the SEC coaches onto the second team All-SEC. The senior was third on the team with 62 tackles, adding three sacks, two interceptions, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Tight end Jordan Reed also earned a spot on the second team. He led the Florida offense with 44 catches and 552 yards, adding three touchdowns.



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