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UF Football: Eight Gators Named to Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team
September 17, 2020
Courtesy of University Athletic Association
The SEC announced the 2020 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team
The Southeastern Conference announced the 2020 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team on Thursday, and tight end Kyle Pitts and quarterback Kyle Trask were named First Team Preseason All-SEC, while defensive back Kaiir Elam, linebacker Ventrell Miller, and defensive back Marco Wilson earned second team recognition.
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Defensive lineman Zachary Carter, kicker Evan McPherson, and wide receiver Kadarius Toney were recognized on the third team.
Trask is the first Gators quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2009 to be named to the first team in the Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team, and this is the first time a Dan Mullen-coached signal caller earns the honor since Dak Prescott in 2015.
Alabama placed a league-leading 11 representatives on the 2020 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, it was announced on Thursday. Georgia was second with 10 representatives, while Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M each had eight.
Ten schools had at least one First-Team All-SEC representative, including a conference-best eight from Alabama.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Pitts appeared in all 13 games throughout the 2019 season for the Gators and is regarded as one of the top tight ends in college football after totaling 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. The Philadelphia native led all tight ends in the SEC in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns and finished third nationally amongst FBS tight ends in receptions. Pitts was named to the AP/Coaches’ All-SEC First Team.
Trask started in 10 games last season after stepping in to take over Florida’s offense at the start of the fourth quarter during the Gators’ victory over Kentucky. The following week, Trask made his first career start against Tennessee, throwing for 293 yards with two touchdowns. Trask threw for 2,941 yards with 25 touchdowns across 12 games played in 2019 and was named to the SEC All-Conference Third Team for his performances.
Elam appeared in all 13 games and made five starts in his first collegiate season where he totaled 11 tackles, three interceptions, and four passes defended (tied for second-most on the team). Elam was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
Miller finished second on the team in tackles with 55 and was one of eight Gators to finish with at least three sacks. Miller appeared in 12 games, starting in 11 at linebacker. The Lakeland, Florida native registered career-highs of eight tackles against Florida State and in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Virginia.
Wilson played and started in all 13 games, recording 36 total defensive stops (23 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two pass break-ups. Wilson recorded an interception against Tennessee, Auburn, and Missouri and was one of four Florida defensive backs with at least three interceptions.
Carter appeared in all 13 games and made starts against Vanderbilt and Missouri on the defensive line. He helped make Florida the only team in the SEC with more than six players with at least three sacks. Carter tied for second on the squad with career-highs in sacks (4.5) and tackles-for-loss (7).
McPherson appeared in all 13 games and went 17-for-19 (89.5 percent) on field goals and finished 10th nationally in field goal percentage while leading the SEC. He nailed a career-long 50-yard field goal against Florida State. McPherson also served as Florida’s primary kickoff specialist, averaging 61.2 yards on 80 kickoffs with a 63.7 percent touchback rate. He was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Toney played in seven games, missing six due to injury, but made an impact with six explosive plays throughout his junior season in 2019. Toney’s 66-yard touchdown pass reception, the longest catch of his career, against Miami helped the Gators defeat the Hurricanes in the season opener. Other notable plays from last season include Toney’s 48-yard reception at Missouri and a 47-yard catch versus Florida State.
The SEC is scheduled to begin its 2020 season on Sept. 26, with Florida traveling to Ole Miss for a noon kickoff.
2020 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* – ties)
First Team Preseason All-SEC
OFFENSE TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Trey Smith, Tennessee Darian Kinnard, Kentucky Landon Dickerson, Alabama
C Drake Jackson, Kentucky
WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
QB Kyle Trask, Florida
RB Najee Harris, Alabama Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
DEFENSE DL Bobby Brown, Texas A&M LaBryan Ray, Alabama Big Kat Bryant, Auburn Jordan Davis, Georgia
LB Dylan Moses, Alabama K.J. Britt, Auburn Nick Bolton, Missouri
DB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Derek Stingley, LSU Richard LeCounte, Georgia Jacoby Stevens, LSU
SPECIAL TEAMS PK Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee
P Max Duffy, Kentucky
RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Second Team Preseason All-SEC
OFFENSE TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
OL Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina Deonte Brown, Alabama Landon Young, Kentucky Austin Deculus, LSU* Brodarious Hamm, Auburn* Wanya Morris, Tennessee* Ed Ingram, LSU*