November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp points after they made a touchdown against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Muschamp and Sturgis Honored by the SEC


Florida Gator head football coach Will Muschamp and placekicker Caleb Sturgis were honored today by the SEC.

Muschamp was named SEC co-Coach of the Year in voting by the league coaches.

Senior Caleb Sturgis was named the Special Teams Player of the Year as well along with South Carolina returner Ace Sanders.

Muschamp is the third Gator coach to be honored as SEC coach of the Year following Steve Spurrier (91, 94-96) and Ray Graves (60). He was named along with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

In just Muschamp’s second season, the Gators finished 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC, a major turnaround for a program that finished at .500 (6-6) in the regular season last year.

He has compiled an 18-7 overall record at Florida and 1-0 in bowl games. This season he led the Gators to their 22nd consecutive bowl game, the longest active streak in the country.

The five game leap in wins this season is the biggest turnaround at Florida since 1979-80 when the Gators went from 0-10-1 to 7-4.

Sturgis finished third in the nation this season in made field goals with 23 (23-27) and set a school career record with 69. He also set a school career record in field goals of 50+ with 8 after booting three this season. He was 32-33 on PAT’s on the season.

For his career, Sturgis is 69-85 (.812) on field goals and 128-134 (.955).

Yesterday, he was named first team All-SEC yesterday in voting by the league’s coaches.

He is also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award given annually to the nation’s top placekicker for the second consecutive season. The winner will be announced tomorrow night on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show at 7:30 pm eastern.

 

Check out all the honorees here

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