Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was the only Florida player on the first team. He totaled 45 tackles in the regular season with two tackles for a loss. The sophomore added two interceptions with a team-high 13 pass breakups. Hargreaves also recovered two fumbles.
On the second team, linebacker Antonio Morrison and punter Kyle Christy were honored. Morrison led the Gators with 98 tackles, 40 more than second place Michael Taylor. The junior added six tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries. Morrison also forced and recovered one fumble.
Christy averaged 44.4 yards per punt with a long of 66 yards this year. He had seven touchbacks with 21 punts dropped inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. The senior also had 20 punts of 50+ yards with only one block.
Returner Andre Debose and defensive end Dante Fowler were honorable mention. Debose had 23 punt returns for 323 yards, averaging 14 yards per return with one touchdown and a long of 62 yards. The senior had 21 kickoff returns, averaging 24.7 yards per return.
Fowler is the surprise in the honorable mention category. He had 5.5 sacks on the season and was third on the team with 57 tackles. He lead the Gators with 12 tackles for a loss and 15 quarterback hurries. Fowler also had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The 5.5 sacks didn’t show how disruptive he was, as opponents double teamed him throughout the year and forced other players to get pressure. Despite that, Fowler still made a big impact on the Florida defense.
Florida found out on Sunday that it would play in the Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina on January 3. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was promoted to interim head coach for the bowl game. Jim McElwain will continue focus on recruiting and won’t be involved in the Birmingham Bowl.