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Chomping at Bits: Florida gymnast Alex McMurtry named 2017 Honda Award winner

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McMurtry adds another honor to a sensational season.

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Alex McMurtry named 2017 Honda Award winner for gymnastics: The Honda Award is presented to the top collegiate female athlete in 12 sports each season. McMurtry is fifth Gator to receive the honor in the last six years. The junior gymnast had three all-around wins this season, all in championship action, and set an NCAA semifinal record in ones of those wins. McMurtry also received the NCAA Elite 90 award, for the student-athlete with the top grade point average at each of the NCAA Championships sites. She was also named SEC Gymnast and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was the only gymnast at the 2017 NCAA Championships to earn All-American first-team honors on each of the five events. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

Florida softball players pick up SEC weekly honors: Kayli Kvistad was named SEC Player of the Week, while Kelly Barnhill was selected as SEC Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive week, and fourth overall time this season. It’s the first time since 2015 that a pair of Gators have earned SEC Player & Pitcher of the Week during the same week. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

Caroline Fitzgerald named Big East Defensive Player of the Week: The senior defender became Florida’s all-time leader in the ground ball category in the Gators’ 15-5 win over Temple. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain embarks on state speaking tour: McElwain is striking an optimistic tone for the future. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel)

Which former Gator will be drafted first?: Many NFL Draft predictions have Jarrad Davis as a first round pick. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Marcus Maye’s path to the draft: Maye was invited to attend the NFL Draft but declined in favor of watching with his family, partially because he made a promise to his mother to walk across the commencement stage at Florida on Saturday. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Florida could have largest defensive draft class in program history: The Gators could potentially have eight defensive players drafted. Their previous record for defensive draftees was seven, in 2007. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

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