Four Gators were named among the Associated Press and Coaches’ All-SEC teams, as announced on Tuesday, as Kyle Pitts, Jonathan Greenard and CJ Henderson earned spots on the AP and Coaches’ All-SEC First Team, while David Reese II was tabbed to the AP All-SEC Second Team.
Sophomore tight end Kyle Pitts was the lone Gator to be named to the All-SEC Offensive First Team, putting together a remarkable breakout season with a team-high 51 receptions for 610 yards, while becoming the first Gator since 2016 to haul in 50 receptions. Pitts has corralled five touchdowns on the year, good for third on the team, while he leads all tight ends among the Southeastern Conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. The Philadelphia, Pa. native has tallied five games with at least five receptions throughout the season, while notching five performances of over 60+ receiving yards, including a five-reception and career-high 108-yard performance against LSU on Oct. 12. Additionally, Pitts was named a Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist, in addition to receiving John Mackey Tight End of the Week honorable mention recognition twice this season.
Jonathan Greenard marks one of two Gators to feature on this year’s All-SEC Defensive First Team, as Greenard’s presence was certainly felt in his one year with the Gators, amassing a league-best nine sacks for a total loss of 49 yards. Greenard, a four-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honoree and Bednarik Award Watch List selection, has helped the Gators reach their highest sack total (46) since 1997, while being second on the team in tackles (52), including a team-high 15.0 tackles for a total loss of 64 yards. The Hiram, Ga. native has tallied six performances of at least six tackles, highlighted by a career-high nine-tackle performance against Georgia, while recording an interception, two forced fumbles and an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown on the season. Greenard also became the first Gator since at least 2000 to record 5.0 tackles for a loss in game after doing so against Missouri on Nov. 16.
Junior defensive back CJ Henderson concludes the All-SEC Defensive First Team honorees for the blue and orange, totaling 33 tackles (26 solo), including 3.0 tackles for a total loss of 15 yards, and a sack on the season. Henderson leads the Gators in pass breakups, with 11 on the year, while ranking fourth among the SEC in passes defended. The Miami, Fla. native and three-year starter has been named an All-SEC selection each year with the Gators, while being named a semifinalist for this year’s Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, as he will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Additionally, Henderson has been recently ranked as the 10th-best overall prospect available in the draft by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.
Senior linebacker David Reese II garnered AP All-SEC Second Team Defensive honors after posting a career-best and team-high 89 tackles this season, placing him sixth among the SEC. Reese II has received SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week nods this season, recording three double-digit tackle performances, highlighted by a career-high 16-tackle performance at Kentucky on Sept. 14, while notching at least five tackles on seven separate occasions, in addition to a fumble recovery. The Farmington, Mich. native has been a vital part of a Gators defense that ranks second nationally in opponent red zone conversion, allowing only 20 scores in 31 red zone trips this season (64.5%), and 10th in total defense, allowing 299 yards per game.