Recap of Florida’s awards banquet
The Florida Gators football team hosted its annual awards banquet on Saturday night. Players sported tuxedos, the butter was shaped like a gator and former Gators player Kevin Carter was the guest speaker.
Tweets from the @GatorZoneFB account provided updates of awards winners throughout the night, so GatorCountry.com wanted to recap it all here for our members.
The awards offer a glimpse into what coaches and players think about one another and what has been going on behind the closed gates of the practice fields.
For instance, offensive line transfer Max Garcia was among the recipients of the Offensive Scout Team MVP Award, which coincides with our sources reports of Garcia performing well during practice. There also were awards for several freshman who redshirted this season, such as Alex McCalister, Jerami Powell and Rhaheim Ledbetter, who won awards, a sign they could be impact players to watch in the future.
Senior running back Mike Gillislee won the coveted Ray Graves Team MVP Award, which is voted on by players. Gillislee received another honor that was voted on by his teammates, the 2012 Team Captains. Other team captains were Jon Bostic, Omar Hunter, Jon Halapio and Matt Elam.
Here’s a rundown of all of the awards, according to UF communications:
2012 Banquet Award Winners
Coaches’ Choice Awards
President’s Academic Award: Caleb Sturgis, Jeff Driskel, Michael McNeeley
Gene Ellenson Community Service Award: Jon Bostic, Jeremy Brown, Caleb Sturgis
Iron Gator Strength and Conditioning Award: Jon Harrison, Jon Halapio, Omarius Hines, Sam Robey, Lerentee McCray
Chris Patrick Courage Award: Dominique Easley, Chaz Green, Jon Halapio, Ronald Powell, James Wilson
Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Award: Max Garcia, Mark Herndon
Most Valuable Defensive Scout Team Award: Alex McAlister, Jeremi Powell
Most Valuable Special Teams Scout Team Award: David Campbell, Rhaheim Ledbetter
Players’ Choice Awards
Rex Farrior Most Team Spirited Offense: Xavier Nixon
Rex Farrior Most Team Spirited Defense: Matt Elam, Dominique Easley
Greg See Tenacity Award Offense: Jon Harrison, Jon Halapio
Greg See Tenacity Award Defense: Matt Elam, Sharrif Floyd
Most Valuable Special Teams Player: Caleb Sturgis, Loucheiz Purifoy
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Mike Gillislee
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Matt Elam
James W. Kynes Award (Best Mental/Physical Toughness): Matt Elam, Jon Bostic
Ray Graves Award (Team MVP): Mike Gillislee
Fergie Ferguson Leadership Award: Sharrif Floyd, Jon Bostic, Frankie Hammond, Josh Evans
Team Captain (5): Jon Bostic, Mike Gillislee, Matt Elam, Jon Halapio, Omar Hunter
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