Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Florida Gators went 11-1 this year with the help of six All-SEC first team players as voted on by the Associated Press. Also, Will Muschamp was edged out for Coach of the Year by Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin.
The Florida Gators may have finished the season in third place in the SEC (or second, depending on if you're counting by the BCS), but they've got something that neither Alabama or Georgia has:
More first team All-SEC members.
The Gators had six players named to the Associated Press' All-SEC team on Monday afternoon. As mentioned in the Orlando Sentinel's article, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs each had four players voted first team All-SEC.
On that first team for the Gators were Jordan Reed (TE), Mike Gillislee (RB), Sharrif Floyd (DL), Matt Elam (S), Caleb Sturgis (K) and Kyle Christy (P). As an added bonus, Marcus Roberson (CB) was voted to the second team, giving the Gators' seven All-SEC fist or second team performers.
In other news, Kevin Sumlin, who coaches the Texas A&M Aggies, edged out Will Muschamp for SEC Coach of the Year honors. Sadly, neither the above linked Sentinel article or the article on the official Southeastern Conference website shows the voting totals, so we'll never know how close the vote really was.
Assuming that the voting isn't leaked out at some point.
One interesting thing to note: In what could be considered a precursor to winning the Heisman Trophy, Johnny "Football" Manziel was voted the unanimous Offensive Player of the Year by the AP. He's likely to win the Heisman Trophy this year, anyway, but hey, if the votes aren't all in yet, this can only help his chances.
Congratulations once again to Christy, Elam, Floyd, Gillislee, Reed, Roberson and Sturgis on being named to the All-SEC team.
The Gators' future continues to look very bright.