Florida Gators land seven on coaches All-SEC team, including five first team selections
Florida senior RB Mike Gillislee, the Gators' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, is among five Florida players to be chosen first team All-SEC by the league's coaches.
The Gators’ seven total selections were the second-highest total in league behind Alabama (8) and the five first-team recipients trailed only the Crimson Tide, who had six.
Joining Gillislee from Florida on the first team is: junior DL Sharrif Floyd; junior DB Matt Elam; K Caleb Sturgis; P Kyle Christy.
Junior TE Jordan Reed was a second team selection on offense, and senior LB Jon Bostic was second team on defense.
Floyd and Elam have combined for 106 tackles this season, part of a defense that has given up just 12.9 points per game to rank third nationally in scoring defense and fifth in total defense (282.6 ypg). Elam has 10.0 TFL this season for a loss of 35 yards, a team-high four interceptions which ranks tied for 25th nationally, one forced fumble and five pass breakups. Floyd leads UF with 11 TFL for a loss of 40 yards, a sack, six quarterback hits, a forced fumble and blocked kick.
Sturgis leads the Gators with 101 points and is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award for the nation's top kicker. Christy leads the SEC and is sixth in the nation in punting, averaging 46.10 yards per punt on 62 attempts for 2,858 yards. He is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award for top punter.
The postseason awards are a stark contrast from the coaches Preseason All-SEC team, which had just one Florida player, Sturgis, as a first team selection.