UF Football Notebook: Tabor on AP’s All-SEC first team

Florida Gators defensive back Jalen "Teez" Tabor (31) high fives fans during Gator Walk before the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Nov. 12 in Gainesville. (File photo) Matt Stamey

From a Florida perspective, there is one mystifying omission on the Associated Press All-SEC team that was released Thursday.

No Jarrad Davis.

The heart and soul of the Florida defense and the team’s second leading tackler this season, the middle linebacker was not recognized by members of the media who vote on the team.

Although Davis was left off, six other Gators did make the AP All-SEC team, led by junior cornerback Jalen Tabor, who is the lone UF player on the first team.

Five Gators are on the second team — sophomore offensive lineman Martez Ivey, junior defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, junior cornerback Quincy Wilson, senior safety Marcus Maye and junior punter Johnny Townsend.

Davis was a second-team selection on the coaches’ All-SEC team that was released Tuesday. Tabor, Ivey, Brantley, Wilson and Townsend also were on the coaches’ team. Tabor was on the first team, while Ivey, Brantley, Wilson and Townsend were on the second team.

Despite missing three games with an injured ankle, Davis recorded 60 tackles, broke up four passes and had five quarterback hurries.

Tabor led the Gators with five interceptions, including a pick six. He also broke up five passes, recovered a fumble and recorded 32 tackles.

Ivey, a two-time SEC offensive lineman of the week this season, is part of a young and improving offensive line that allowed only 2.08 sacks a game.

Brantley, Wilson and were all impact players on a defense that ended the regular season ranked second in the SEC, giving up 298.6 yards a game.
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