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Six Florida Gators named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-America team



Six Florida football players have been named to Phil Steele’s 2012 Midseason All-American Team.

Running back Mike Gillislee and safety Matt Elam were first team selections. Kicker Caleb Sturgis and punter Kyle Christy, were named to the second team. Offensive lineman Jon Halapio and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd were fourth team selections.

Florida joined Alabama and Ohio State as the only teams with six players included in the 116 players who were selected.

Gillislee, who leads the SEC with 109.6 rushing yards per game, has 548 yards and seven touchdowns through the first five games. He has three 100-yard rushing games, highlighted by a 34-carry, 146-yard performance against LSU last weekend. 

Elam ranks third on the team with 26 tackles and has 3.0 tackles-for-loss with one sack. He also has one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. 

Sturgis is 8-for-10 on field-goal attempts this season. He has connected on both of his field goal attempts from beyond 50 yards and now has a school-record seven 50-plus yard field goals in his career.

Christy leads the SEC with a 46.5-yard average on 24 punts. Nine of his 24 of his punts have been over 50 yards, nine have been inside the 20-yard line and eight have been fair caught.

Halapio has been the anchor of a much-improved offensive line that is aiding Florida's revamped rushing attack. The Gators rank third in the conference and 24th nationally with 214.8 rushing yards per game.

Floyd has 18 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss with two quarterback hurries and helps lead a defense that ranks fourth in the SEC and 16th nationally against the run (allowing 103.8 yards per game).

Florida will play at Vanderbilt Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.




[Last modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:41am]


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