Florida star TE Kyle Pitts to receive brick leading three Gators on 2020 AP All-America teams

By Adam Silverstein
December 28, 2020
Florida star TE Kyle Pitts to receive brick leading three Gators on 2020 AP All-America teams

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Florida Gators star tight end Kyle Pitts was one of three players named to the 2020 AP All-America teams on Monday becoming the first Florida player to receive a first-team nod since 2015. As such, the junior will receive a coveted brick outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Pitts, who compiled 770 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season — records for most by a Gators tight end in program history — was not alone being honored by Associated Press voters, however. Redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Trask and senior wide receiver Kadarius Toney were voted onto the second team. Toney earned his honor as an all-purpose player.

Pitts and Trask are, respectively, the first Florida tight end and quarterback to be honored as AP All-Americans since Aaron Hernandez and Tim Tebow in 2009. Pitts is also the first offensive player to be picked for the first team since 2009. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was the last Gators player to receive first-team honors as an AP All-American in 2015.

It was announced last week that Pitts will not play for Florida in the upcoming 2020 Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma. The Gators star has instead declared early or the 2021 NFL Draft where he’s projected to be a top-10 pick. He is also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and Mackey Award, the latter of which he is favored to win.

Florida only awards bricks outside The Swamp for All-America selections made by the AP, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (SN) and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).

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