A group of Gators football players were honored with SEC awards today, two days after learning the team would be playing Ohio State in Glendale for the National Title:
Percy Harvin was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the AP. This coming off an impressive performance in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, where he was named MVP for his 2 touchdown performance against Arkansas. Harvin averages 12.7 yards per touch this season (first in the nation among freshman), and has been used in a variety of ways by coach Urban Meyer.
Ryan Smith and Reggie Nelson were named to the 1st-team All SEC. Smith, the transfer from Utah this season, leads the SEC and is tied for third in the nation with 8 interceptions this season. He only needs one more to tie Keiwan Ratliff for the Florida school record of 9 interceptions in a season.
Nelson, as well documented, has been a beast this season. He is the favorite son of EDSBS and has been called the "Perpetuator of Fear" by the Sunday Morning Quarterback. Reggie has been Mr. Everything for the Gators this season, knocking out wide receivers, returning touchdowns and blocking punts. There has been news he is leaving after this season to pursue the NFL draft...we will definitely miss him.
Brandon Siler and Earl Everett were named to the 2nd-team. Everett was the Gators leading tackler this season, earning a total of 78. Siler was second on the team with 73. This is the first appearance on the All-SEC team for the both of them.
Hat tip to Gatorzone for some of the stats on this post.