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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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