Two Florida Gators named to SEC All-Freshman Team

Two of Florida’s impact freshmen were recognized Thursday.

Offensive guard Martez Ivey and defensive end CeCe Jefferson were both named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Jefferson was an immediate impact freshman. He played in all 13 games while making 28 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He added one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. While Alex McCalister battled a foot injury late in the season, Jefferson stepped in and didn’t miss a beat.

Ivey was originally slated to start the season opener, but a torn meniscus kept his debut until week three of the season. He played guard and tackle when he came back, but the Gators needed him the most at guard. He replaced Antonio Riles in the starting lineup at LSU and started the final seven games of the season. Ivey's future should still be at offensive tackle, but he held his own in the SEC as a true freshman this fall.

The surprise player missing was Antonio Callaway, as Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk and Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley won the honors. Callaway was one of the few bright spots for the Florida offense this season with 30 receptions, third on the team, and a team-high 603 yards. His yardage was 98 more than Demarcus Robinson, who was second on the team despite 17 more catches than Callaway.

The freshman served as Florida’s big play threat. He averaged 20.1 yards per reception, the highest on the roster.

His biggest impact might have come on special teams. On 28 punt returns this season, Callaway averaged 15.5 yards while returning two for touchdowns in some of the biggest games of the season -- at LSU and against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. The return against the Crimson Tide went for 85 yards, the longest in the game’s history. However, Kirk led the country with 24.4 yards per punt return.

Florida returns to action against Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on January 1 at 1 p.m. (TV: ABC).

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