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Eleven Gators land on my final ballot for The Herald's All-Florida team

GAINESVILLE -- The Miami Herald's second-annual All-Florida team is scheduled for publication on Christmas Day. Here's my ballot. Four other Herald college football writers have votes: Jeff Shain (FSU, national football writer), Pete Pelegrin (FIU writer), Manny Navarro (UM writer) and Susan Miller-Degnan (UM writer).

Here's the breakdown of my ballot by school: UF 11, FSU 5, USF 3, FAU 3, FIU 2, UM 1, UCF 0. My breakdown by class: seniors 9, juniors 8, sophomores 7, freshman 1. This is an elite list of college football players -- one that rivals any all-state team in the country. A few notes about my ballot:

1. Several South Florida prep standouts made the list: Marc Dile (Miami Edison), T.Y. Hilton (Miami Springs), Anthony Gaitor (Miami Northwestern) and Frantz Joseph (Fort Lauderdale High).

2. One freshman made the list, Hilton of Florida International. Hilton had an incredible season. He had 41 receptions for 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass. In addition to his offensive accomplishments, Hilton was a special teams dynamo. He returned 18 punts for 266 yards, including a 74-yard return for a touchdown. On kickoffs, Hilton averaging 23.1 yards per return and had a 90-yard touchdown return.

3. The guidelines for the offensive and defensive teams allow voters to set formations to best represent the state's top players. I went with three receivers and one running back on offense. Defensively, I opted for a 3-4 front seven and didn't list a defensive tackle on my ballot. Instead, I went with three defensive ends.

4. Only one Miami Hurricane made my ballot, punter Matt Bosher, who was recently named UM's MVP at the Hurricanes' football banquet. Miami linebacker Glenn Cook had a solid season but was up against some tough competition. I voted for FSU safety Myron Rolle over Miami defensive back Anthony Reddick. Rolle was a Rhodes Scholar. Offensively, Miami's rotation of young players left several talented Canes off the list. The same thing happened to UF's running backs.   

MY ALL-FLORIDA BALLOT
OFFENSE

T Marc Dile, USF, sr.
G Mike Pouncey, UF, soph.
C Maurkice Pouncey, UF, soph.
G Rodney Hudson, FSU, soph.
T Phil Trautwein, UF, sr.
TE Jamari Grant, FAU, jr.
WR Louis Murphy, UF, sr.
WR T.Y. Hilton, FIU, fr.
WR Percy Harvin, UF, jr.
RB Charles Pierre, FAU, sr.
QB Tim Tebow, UF, jr.

DEFENSE
DL George Selvie, USF, jr.
DL Everette Brown, FSU, jr.
DL Jermaine Cunningham, UF, jr.
LB Derek Nicholson, FSU, sr.
LB Tryone McKenzie, USF, sr.
LB Frantz Joseph, FAU, sr.
LB Brandon Spikes, UF, jr.
CB Joe Haden, UF, soph.
CB Anthony Gaitor, FIU, soph.
S Ahmad Black, UF, soph.
S Myron Rolle, FSU, sr.

SPECIALISTS
K Graham Gano, FSU, sr.
P Matt Bosher, UM, soph.
R Brandon James, UF, jr.

-jo-

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Five players for FSU. Eleven for UF. It shows that we are 2.2 times better than them which is about right.

Need to change Tebow to a Jr.

What was I thinking?

-jo-

I didn't see it, but if it said Sr., then I would assume you were just filling out next year's list.

I remember when you tried to correct me for calling you out on your first edition you put out off this list a couple weeks into the season. You had dunlap on there and I tried to say it was cunnigham who belonged. Happy to finally see you got it correct.

Dunlap led UF in sacks. He easily could have made list and still might. Four other people have to vote.

-jo-

Dunlap is great with the sack, but Cunningham is way more well rounded and the heart and soul of the defensive line. Ask JPW about Cunnigham on that stunt in the 4th quarter of the SEC Championship game.

That play earned him a spot on my ballot. Well, clinched it anyway.

-jo-

i am so sick and tired of all u gay-tor fans remember charlie ward thats teebow!!! remember to say goodbye because if he leaves u will never see him play Q.B again OVERATED and by the way they lose by 18 easy lock of the year.bet the farm.I am at 78% for the last 8 weeks.No lie.

Great post jenius. We all know that Tebow is overrated.

Cunningham's stunt play SACK was poetry man. UA had been pretty much worn down at that point and it made executing it much easier. It was a great call but Bama was out of gas in the 4th. To me that was the sweetest part of that championship victory. We flat out beat down a team that was revered by all for how they won with physical play.

I hope OU is fit. Because we sure know that the "finesse" team is fit. Just ask Alabama.

Joe Haden over Janoris Jenkins? Jenkins is a shut-down corner. I don't understand the logic there

jenius = LOL

Quote of the season comes from "jenius" of parts unknown: "I am at 78% for the last 8 weeks.No lie."

-jo-

WH,

Janoris Jenkins had a great season but Joe Haden was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Jenkins will certainly be a freshman All-American and very well could have beaten out Haden on my ballot had he started every game.

-jo-

Joe Haden is a great tackler, super tough and athletic, but Janoris Jenkins is gonna be one of the all-time cornerbacks at UF. Joe Haden is still ;earning the position, JJ has those natural corner instincts already.

Haden or JJ? What a great problem to have. I still don't care which one gets the individual accolades. I prefer to see the entire unit rack up SEC Championships and BCS Championships. The secondary will be very good in 09.

Man, we gotta win this game.

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