UF Football: Pitts Named AFCA First Team All-American

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Gators star named to a first team all-America team for fourth time this year

Florida’s Kyle Pitts was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team as a first team selection, the AFCA announced on Thursday.

Pitts has now been named to four all-America teams as a first team selection.

Jalen Tabor (second team) was the last Gator to be named to the AFCA All-America team in 2016, while Vernon Hargreaves III was the last first team selection in 2015.

Pitts quickly became the best tight end and one of the top pass catchers in the country this season with 43 receptions, 770 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Pitts’ 12 receiving touchdowns this season are the second-highest total by a tight end in SEC history. Vanderbilt’s Allama Matthews (14 in 1982) holds the SEC record. His 770 yards this year tie Kirk Kirkpatrick (1990) for second on Florida’s single-season record list for receiving yards by a tight end.

The junior is the first tight end in Gators history and the eighth FBS tight end in the last five years (including 2020) with three games of 100-plus receiving yards in the same season.