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Six Gators named to Coaches' ALL-SEC Teams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Six Gators were picked to the Coaches' 2016 All-SEC First and Second Teams, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.

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Teez Tabor was Florida's lone first-team selection, while Martez Ivey, Caleb Brantley, Jarrad Davis, Quincy Wilson and Johnny Townsend each garnered second team honors. Tabor, who was an All-SEC first team selection in 2015, led Florida with four interceptions, including one he returned for a 39-yard touchdown. He also broke up five passes, recovered a fumble and made 32 tackles.


Ivey, a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week this season, was instrumental in helping Florida's offense this season. Running back Jordan Scarlett ran for over 100 yards in three games this season, and UF recorded over 500-yards of total offense in two SEC games (Kentucky, Missouri) for the first time since 2008. In addition, Ivey and the rest of Florida's offensive line ranked eighth in the conference in sacks allowed (2.08 per game).

Overall, Florida finished the regular season ranked second in the SEC in total defense (298.6 yards per game) and fourth in scoring defense (17.9 points per game).

Brantley tied for the Florida lead in tackles for loss, registering 8.5 for a total of 28 yards lost. He commanded double teams throughout the season, which allowed his teammates to make plays well. Overall this season, the Gators held opponents to 142.2 rushing yards per game, which is good for fifth in the conference. In addition, UF ranked fourth in the SEC in sacks per game (2.50).

Despite missing three games due to injury, Davis put up 60 tackles, good for second-most on the team, and now has over 200 in his career. He also broke up four passes and had five quarterback hurries. In addition, Davis was named as one of 19 finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, one of five finalists for the 2016 Pop Warner College Football Award and Butkus Award, and he was a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Wilson, who started all 12 games, recorded 31 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions, including one returned for a 78-yard touchdown.

Townsend, a repeat All-SEC second-teamer, totaled 2,883 yards off 61 punts, averaging 47.3 yards per punt. Twenty-eight punts went for 50+ yards, and 25 punts landed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.


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