While the Florida football season ended with a 4-7 record and a 3-5 mark in SEC play, the Gators still had a share of players recognized as some of the best in the Southeastern Conference.
The Associated Press named six Florida players to its All-SEC teams on Monday. Punter Johnny Townsend earned first-team accolades while five teammates — offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive tackle Taven Bryan, cornerbacks Duke Dawson and C.J. Henderson, and kicker Eddy Pineiro — earned spots on the second team.
Here’s a breakdown of how each player fared this season.
Punter Johnny Townsend, first team
Townsend solidified himself as arguably the top punter in Florida football history. The redshirt senior is second nationally averaging 47.6 yards per punt, with 27 of his 64 punts going for at least 50 yards. Townsend owns every major career punting mark in the Gators’ record book.
Offensive lineman Martez Ivey, second team
Ivey was one of the few constants on an offensive line that felt the injury bug throughout the season. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior started all 11 games at either left tackle or left guard and was a needed mainstay.
Defensive tackle Taven Bryan, second team
Bryan had his best season at Florida this year, racking up 40 tackles and 4 sacks over 11 games as an interior defensive linemen. He graded out as the top defensive tackle in the SEC, according to Pro Football Focus.
Cornerback Duke Dawson, second team
Dawson led the Gators and was tied for third in the SEC with 13 defended passes (4 interceptions, 9 pass breakups). Dawson split his time at outside corner and nickel and ended the season as the lone healthy senior in the secondary.
Cornerback C.J. Henderson, second team
Henderson was Florida’s lone freshman honored on the AP’s All-SEC teams and was one of three freshmen overall to make the cut. Henderson had finished tied for second in the conference and tied for the Gators’ team lead with 4 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Henderson started five games this season and served as one of the Gators’ primary corners along with Dawson and fellow freshman Marco Wilson.
Kicker Eddy Pineiro, second team
Pineiro made 17 of 18 field-goal attempts for a national-best 94.4-percent conversion percentage. He closed the season by making 16 straight field goals. Six of his 17 makes came from more than 40 yards.