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Florida's Marcus Maye named First Team All-American by USA Today

The safety was one of the leaders of an outstanding Florida defense.

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Marcus Maye was named a USA Today Sports First Team All-American on Tuesday, beating out plenty of other fantastic defensive backs for the honor. It was a well-deserved, but surprising honor for Maye, considering he wasn't named to either of the All-SEC teams.

Maye was one of the backbones of what was an outstanding Florida Gators defense. His play in the back of the secondary allowed the front seven to flourish in rushing the passer and attacking the ball carrier. He finished the 2015 regular season with 68 tackles (37 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. The junior was a do-it-all force for the Gators, and he'll be primed for even bigger things in 2016.

Both the first and second teams were littered with top talent from the SEC.

First Team- Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB); Hunter Henry, Arkansas (TE); Reggie Ragland, Alabama (LB); Maye (S)

Second Team- Leonard Fournette, LSU (RB); A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (DL); Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (LB)