Matt Elam, Sharrif Floyd, Caleb Sturgis, Kyle Christy named to 2012 AP All-American teams

By Adam Silverstein
December 11, 2012

Florida Gators junior safety Matt Elam, voted the team’s most valuable defender at its annual award banquet on Saturday, was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Elam, a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection earlier this month, is the first member of Florida’s secondary to receive the honor since 2009 (Joe Haden) and the first Gators player to be named to the first team since 2010 (Chas Henry).

Florida junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis and sophomore punter Kyle Christy earned Third Team All-American honors on Tuesday. Like Elam, all three were also unanimous First Team All-SEC selections.

Photo Credit: USA Today


  1. cline says:

    One more year!

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    And our awesome kickers get jobbed again…

  3. Ben Gator says:

    There are not 4 better DTs in the country than Sharrif Floyd.

    • Tractorr says:

      Might be true but there are likely 4 DTs who have much better stats. Though we know Floyd was a force this year his stats don’t really reflect it. They are good but not monstrous.

  4. Joe says:

    Matt Elam is a beast – ball skills, recognition, run defense, speed – just great. I dare say the most talented SS we’ve had. If he stays he’ll have a monster year but I think he’ll become a real leader on D for the team that takes him at the next level. Best to him, he deserves it.

  5. Ben Gator says:

    Totally agree on Elam. I remember the issues surrounding his commitment – flipping to FSU before that used car salesman Urban gave him the “trust me” heart to heart talk and (thankfully for us) he signed with UF. He’s been an outstanding Gator from day one. Glad he goes out on a high note after two rough seasons.

  6. Limbwalker says:

    Great Gator Players . . .

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