Eight Gators Earn All-SEC Honors

The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that University of Florida sophomore linebacker Brandon Spikes and sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow have been named first-team All-SEC honorees in a vote by the league's coaches.

It was also announced that junior defensive end Derrick Harvey, sophomore wide receiver Percy Harvin, junior tight end Cornelius Ingram, sophomore return specialist Brandon James, senior offensive lineman Carlton Medder and junior offensive lineman Jim Tartt were selected to the Coaches' All-SEC second team.

Florida's six second-team selections were the highest amount in the conference and equal the program's mark for most second-team accolades, matching the 2002 and 2006 campaigns. The Gators' eight all-league picks were tied for the second-most in the SEC, trailing the 10 honorees from LSU.

The Gators' leading tackler in 2007, Spikes has amassed 188 total tackles (74 solo), 14.0 tackles for loss, a sack and half and seven passes defended on the season. He ranks second in the conference in total tackles, behind fellow All-SEC First-Teamer Wesley Woodyard (124). Spikes had 10 or more tackles in half of the Gators' games in 2007, keeping 10 of Florida's 12 opponents under 100-yards rushing. Spikes collected his first career two fumble recoveries and forced fumble, to go along with a team-high 13 solo tackles, in the win at South Carolina. He took down career-high 14 Commodores in the win over Vanderbilt. This year's selection marks his first career nod to the Coaches' All-SEC first team.

Tebow, a three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week in 2007, became the only player in college football history to achieve 20-20 marks for rushing and passing touchdowns in a single season with 22 and 29 scores, respectively. He is also the all-time SEC single-season rushing touchdown leader (22) and set career highs in completions (25) and yards (338) against FAU. Tebow leads the SEC in total offense, completion percentage, touchdowns and passing efficiency. He has rushed for at least one touchdown and thrown for a touchdown in 13-consecutive games, UF's longest string and the longest current active streak nationally. Tebow leads Florida in rushing with 838 yards on 194 carries for a 4.3 average. In addition, he already has the most yards rushing by a Florida quarterback in a career with 1,218 yards.

Harvey, Florida's sacks leader in 2007, has 34 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and five pass deflections this season. He recorded eight sacks in his last 11 games. Harvey enjoyed a career night against Auburn, totaling six tackles (four solo, two assisted), including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. In the Vanderbilt contest, Harvey was credited with a breakup that led to an interception and eventual Gator touchdown. The Greenbelt, Md., native has been a member of the second-team in each of the last two seasons.

Harvin was the first player in UF history to have 100-yards receiving and 100-yards rushing in the same with his efforts against Vanderbilt, rushing for 113 yards and while amassing 110-yards receiving. He collected a career-high 157 yards on the ground against Florida State on a personal-best 16 carries. He is the only underclassman to rank in the top seven in catches per game in the SEC. His 8.6 yards per carry is tops among receivers in the nation. Harvin holds the top two spots in UF history in rushing yards by a wide receiver in a single season (442, 428) and is the all-time UF single-season leader in combined receiving and rushing yards for a wide receiver (781 receiving, 599 rushing). The honor is Harvin's second from the league after earning the nod for Freshman of the Year in 2006. Ingram nabbed his first all-conference honor of his career after leading Florida with seven touchdown receptions. In his first year at his new position, he had 33 receptions and 491 yards and averaged 14.9 yards per catch. Ingram was an integral part of the passing attack against Florida State, tying with Harvin to lead the team with five receptions versus the Seminoles and had his first-multi-score game against Florida Atlantic with two touchdowns grabs in the contest. He also had a big day against Troy, hauling in a personal-best seven catches for 105 yards and a score.

James earned his second career all-conference honor as a returner in as many seasons with the Gators. Leading the nation with seven returns over 50 yards, James averaged 28.2 yards on his 29 kickoff returns and 20.7 yards in 11 punt returns. His 817 kickoff return yards serves as the best single-season mark in school history, led by his career-long 61-yard return at Kentucky. James had 19 returns of 20 yards or more, highlighted by his 83-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Gators' win over Tennessee. The return equaled the fifth-longest in school history, matching George Grandy's 83-yard run against Tulane in 1966.

Leading Florida's offensive line in 2007, Medder and Tartt earned the initial Coaches' All-SEC honors of their careers after starting all 12 games and paving the way for a UF offense that has averaged 454.8 yards per contest. The duo helped block for 197.7 rushing yards per game, including 37 touchdowns on the ground, and allowed no sacks against seven of the Gators' 12 opponents. Medder, a fifth year senior, worked his way from the sideline to special teams to becoming a two-year starter during his career, starting in 26-straight games. Third on the team with a total of 28 starts for his career and first among non-seniors, Tartt hasn't missed a start in 17 games.

Ninth-ranked Florida (9-3) will take to the field again on Jan. 1, 2008, when it will meet Michigan (8-4) in the Capital One Bowl at 1 p.m. in Orlando. The game will be televised nationally by ABC Sports. The Gators (9-3) will be making their 17th-straight bowl appearance, which ranks first in the SEC and third in the country.

Courtesy UF Sports Information


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