Wide receiver Andre Caldwell, defensive tackle Ray McDonald, punter Eric Wilbur, Crowder and Leak were all named to the All-SEC Freshman Team as Florida had more members on the squad than any other SEC team. The Gators also had more true freshmen on the team (Caldwell, Crowder, Leak, Wilbur) than any other school.
Leak ended the regular season 6-2 as a starter and threw for 2,167 yards and 14 touchdowns. Crowder finished second on the team with 97 tackles and averaged nearly 10 per game. Caldwell hauled in 19 receptions for 174 yards, while McDonald finished second among all UF defensive linemen with 48 tackles and four sacks. Wilbur averaged 44.8 yards on 57 punts to finish eighth nationally and second in the SEC.
The five selections to the team were the most for Florida since the Gators placed five on the 1995 team. Crowder became the first Florida player to be named Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, while Leak joins Jabar Gaffney (2000), Danny Wuerffel (1993) and Emmitt Smith (1987) as Gators who have been named the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.