Florida Gator safety Matt Elam named AP first team All-American
Florida junior safety Matt Elam has been named to the Associated Press All-American team, released today.
Elam earned first team honors at safety, becoming the Gators' first AP All-American since punter Chas Henry in 2010. In 2009, LB Brandon Spikes, DB Joe Haden and TE Aaron Hernandez were all first team selections.
Elam has 10.0 TFL this season for a loss of 35 yards, a team-high four interceptions which ranks tied for 25th nationally and third in the SEC, one forced fumble and five pass breakups.
Florida senior K Caleb Sturgis was named to the third team, along with P Kyle Christy. Gators' DT Sharrif Floyd was named to the third team defense.
Florida will close out the season against Louisville on Jan. 2 at the Sugar Bowl.
Alabama had four players on the AP All-America team, including C Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection. No other team had more than one player selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.
Notre Dame and Texas A&M were second with four players on the three teams. LB Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.
Here is the complete AP All-America team list.