Midseason AA list tabs six Gators

On Wednesday, Phil Steele released his annual Midseason All-American teams and the Gators had six players make various teams.

The six Florida players matched the most for any team with both Alabama and Ohio State also having six recognized.

Florida (5-0 overall, 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play) travels to Nashville, Tenn., to play Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Making the first team for the Gators are running back Mike Gillislee and safety Matt Elam.

Gillislee is the Southeastern Conference’s rushing leader with 109.6 yards per game. He is third in the conference with seven touchdowns, two behind league leader Todd Gurley of Georgia.

Reigning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week Matt Elam has 26 tackles on the season, which is third on the team.

Florida’s two special specialists make up the second team members for the Gators with punter Kyle Christy and kicker Caleb Sturgis.

On the season, Sturgis has hit eight of his 10 field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards. His eight field goals is second in the SEC behind Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear, who has nine.

Christy is leading the SEC with a 46.5 punting average and nine of his punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

Offensive lineman Jon Halapio and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd round out the All-Americans for the Gators. Both were honored as fourth-team All-Americans.

Halapio has been one of Florida’s top offensive linemen on the year as he has started all five games for the Gators.

Floyd has racked up 18 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss for the Gators.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.